Cyber Scrooges Look to Capitalize on the Busiest Shopping Season of the Year by Hijacking Popular Consumer Habits
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Nov. 12, 2013 — McAfee today released its annual “12 Scams of Christmas” list to educate the public on the most common scams that criminals use during the holiday season to take advantage of consumers as they shop on their digital devices. Cybercriminals leverage these scams to steal personal information, earn fast cash, and spread malware.
This year, fall holiday shopping sales are expected to soar to an estimated $602 billion1. E-commerce sales are predicted to rise 15% compared to last year’s digital sales to more than $60 billion, with m-commerce comprising 16% of this number2. Consumers should ensure that they are taking all precautions to protect the data saved on their devices. This is especially true for the 51% of US adults that bank online and 32% that use mobile banking3.
“The potential for identity theft increases as consumers share personal information across multiple devices that are often under protected,” said Michelle Dennedy, vice president and chief privacy officer at McAfee. “Understanding criminals’ mindsets and being aware of how they try to take advantage of consumers can help ensure that we use our devices the way they were intended – to enhance our lives, not jeopardize them.”
To help consumers stay alert for greedy Grinches as they surf the web for holiday travel deals and seek out gifts for their loved ones, McAfee has identified this year’s top “12 Scams of Christmas”:
To keep consumers protected and ensure a happy holiday season, McAfee has shared additional safety tips:
If you do plan to search for deals online, use apps or open shopping related emails, make sure your entire household’s devices have protection, such as McAfee LiveSafe™, which protects all your PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones. It also includes McAfee® Mobile Security, to protect your smartphone or tablet from all types of malware. This app also guards you from the latest mobile threats and risky apps, offers enhanced privacy and backup features, location tracking and the SiteAdvisor® technology to help you steer clear of dangers when searching on a mobile device.
For more information on McAfee’s 12 Scams of Christmas list and tips on how to stay safe while using digital devices, please check out the:
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