Five Tips to Avoid Falling Victim to Online Scammers

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Password Overkill

Some sites prompt users to create a username and password before shopping. But if you use the same username and password on more than one site, cyber criminals may lift your combination and try to access other sites that house credit card information. This is what Dropbox recently experienced when credentials liberated from 'unrelated services' were used to hack secondary accounts.

Tip: Make the extra effort to use different passwords for different online accounts, especially for those accounts tied to your financial information.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may sound like titles from science fiction novels, but they actually refer to the two busiest shopping days of the year for retailers.

Last year saw record figures for e-tailers against the previous year. While vendors are busy planning ways to push sales even higher in 2014, you can be certain that just as many cyber criminals are plotting to profit from this year's "season of goodwill."

It is true, Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer great deals. But, how do we spot the real deal from the scam? In this slideshow, Troy Gill, senior security analytist at AppRiver, provides five tips that will help prevent you from unwittingly parting with your money - and putting it directly into a cyber-crook's wallet - this holiday season.


Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

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