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TrustPort warns: don't fall for Internet swindlers this holiday period
TrustPort, a leading provider of internet security software, warns against fraudulent Christmas e-mails and against online fraudsters' unfair practices. The time before the holidays is used not solely by honest retailers to increase in their profits, but also it’s a great opportunity for hackers that founded their business by playing on the confidence of dutiful citizens who think that they are far from Internet crime.
It is as popular today to send e-cards as paper postcards used to be. There were 500 million Christmas e-cards sent in 2008 worldwide. The popularity of using social networks is enormous, especially in the last two years. It is predicted that throughout the holiday time this year around one billion e-cards will be sent out. If only one per million e-cards contains a malicious code, there would be a real danger that thousands computers will be infected with such a malware.
“Lots of people think that if they just use antivirus software, they are protected from threats. But this is not true. For you to have the best protection you need to use a combination of common sense and regular updates to your antivirus software. Complacency about internet security could be dangerous. It is not enough to purely install antivirus software on your PC. That alone could never provide a 100 % guarantee that the computer won't be infected. Internet security is only as good as the latest update of an antivirus software," says Vladislav Nemec, CEO at the TrustPort company.
If an Internet user hasn’t installed sufficient protection (e.g. TrustPort Total Protection), he could end up with dangerous software just by clicking on a fake link or by opening an infected e-card. This malicious software can run silently in the background and it can record all the user´s Internet communication including his passwords.
PC experts from TrustPort would recommend that users defend themselves by following these steps:
- If you don´t know the sender of an e-card, don´t open the e-mail - delete it straightaway.
- If you aren´t sure about the e-cards’ website link mentioned in the received e-mail, don´t click on it.
- If you receive an e-mail from a charitable organization with a request for your help, don´t answer such an e-mail. It is more prudent to go to the charity’s own website and contribute through the legitimate web address. There you will find all the necessary data for money transfers.
- If you receive an e-mail from an unknown online shop where all prices are too good to be true, they probably aren´t true. Don´t click on such a link.
- If you use Internet banking or if you pay for goods through a service such as PayPal, make always sure that web page with online transfer begins with “https”, the letter “s” means “secure” and it stands for a secured server.
- Make always sure that you have installed the last update of your antivirus software.
- Last, but not least: if you surf the Internet, use always common sense and be vigilant.