Consumers warned to stay cautious this Christmas

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With less than a fortnight to go until Christmas Day, there is further evidence that consumers need to be careful when searching for presents online.

An internet security firm is warning that cyber criminals are likely to be targeting shoppers using malware or phishing traps in a bid to collect data such as credit card or online banking details.

Shopping online is a great way to save yourself some time and avoid the crowds, but there are some things to remember to protect yourself when buying online:-

  • A firm may have a great-looking website, but that doesn’t make it honest.
  • Make sure that the web address of the page starts “https://” before you enter any personal information or payment details. The “s” in https stands for secure.
  • Look for sites that are part of an independent approval scheme and have signed up to particular standards.
  • Make sure your web browser is set up to check for potential phishing sites and read any warnings you get carefully.
  • Check your bank and credit card statements carefully and report any unfamiliar transactions.

For a lot more advice on how to spot fraudulent websites and fake goods, have a look at the knowthenet online shopping guide.

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