Panda Offers Six Online Security Tips To Holiday Shoppers

Panda Security said that its PandaLabs, its anti-malware lab, is warning holiday shoppers to be particularly wary when shopping on line this year.

"It's more important than ever for shoppers to follow best practices to avoid infecting their computers or turning over their private information into dangerous hands," said Sean-Paul Correll, PandaLabs threat researcher.

Panda said that cyber criminals are most interested in prying shoppers loose from their credit card information, social security numbers and other personal data related to identity theft.

As an example, the security company offered an online video of how malware can be used to steal personal banking information works here.

Panda said that to be safe, shoppers should follow the following helpful hints:
  1. Avoid using search engines to find special holiday deals. Instead go directly to reputable, familiar sites.
  2. Don't click on embedded links in advertisement emails because they can easily be a disguised scam or malware attack.
  3. Stay current on all operating system updates and patches, especially Adobe Flash and Reader and Java software, common targets of cyber criminals.
  4. If you are unsure if a site is legitimate, search for it to find out if it's widely known.
  5. Only buy from sites that offer secure browsing (SSL/https), in which a padlock shows up in the bottom corner or in the address bar of the browser.
  6. Be certain to update anti-malware protection.

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