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A Security Prescription for the Holiday Shopping Season

shopping securityIn anticipation of a greater holiday season this year, many retailers are now kicking off their sales a few days early. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend about 4.1 percent more this holiday season than last.

Unfortunately, it’s not just retailers who will be using unbelievable offers to lure consumers into parting with their hard-earned cash on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Mobile Tuesday or in the days that precede them. Cybercriminals are also hard at work to offer the most enticing online scams.  And if you don’t take the necessary online precautions, your holiday cheer could come to a screeching halt.

Whether you end up shopping now or later, you’ll want to check this list of recommendations that can help you stay clear of some typical and not so typical holiday security threats.

If you do encounter fraud, contact the Federal Trade Commission and submit a complaint form at http://www.ftc.gov.

Bottom line: cybercriminals will always try to exploit the holiday season and target Internet users. But by following a few simple precautions and trusting your gut, you’ll be well-prepared to take advantage of online sales on all sorts of fun merchandise this year. Happy Shopping!

skyheadshotSkyler King is a product leader for ZoneAlarm, Check Point’s consumer business. King has over twenty years of experience working in the high-tech industry, specializing in security. At Check Point, he is responsible for overseeing new product development and innovation. Specializing in both high-level and low level software engineering, King devotes his free time to original security research. King holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.
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