Consumers hoping to find online shopping deals on iPads, Kindles and Kinects this upcoming Cyber Monday may get more than they bargain for if they are not cautious. According to F-Secure’s yearly compilation of the most dangerous gifts to shop for online this holiday season, these gadgets are among the 10 most-popular terms used by cyber crooks.
Cyber Monday, which occurs Nov. 29, kicks off the online shopping season, as customers wishing to avoid crowded malls resort to web shopping. What many do not know is how a simple Google search often can include links to poisoned sites, which can infect computer with malware.
The more popular a gift is, the more likely you are to find a dangerous search result. This year, F-Secure anticipates “Kinect for Xbox,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and “Jewelry” to be the three most-used phrases targeted by cyber criminals this holiday season. The remaining spots on the list include “Amazon Kindle,” “Toys,” “Black Friday Deals,” “Cyber Monday Deals,” “Toy Story 3,” “Susan Boyle” and “Apple iPad.”