McAfee IDs ’12 Scams of the Holidays’

With brands like Target and Home Depot suffering major data breaches, many security eyes are on retailers as we enter the holiday shopping season. McAfee just announced its annual EU12 Scams of the HolidaysEU to help shoppers do everything they can to avoid cyber-scrooge scams on digital devices, social media platforms and beyond.

Consider the statistics: Holiday shopping sales are expected to hit about $616.9 million this year, according to the National Retail Federation. At the same time, e-commerce sales are predicted to rise between 8 percent and 11 percent in 2014 to reach over $105 million, with 56 percent of smartphone owners planning to shop on their devices, cording to Internet Retailer. On top of all that, 80 percent of U.S. households with Web access are conducting online banking transactions.

EUAs consumers shop, bank and share more while on the go, they open themselves up to threats from criminals who want to steal their personal information,EU said Gary Davis, Chief Consumer Security Evangelist at McAfee. EUUnderstanding what to watch out for and how to properly secure their devices gives consumers additional information to protect their digital lives.EU

Three Thorny Scams

LetEUs look at the scams one by one:

1. YouEUve Got Mail: As holiday sales continue to migrate online, McAfee warns that the risk for shipping notification and phishing scams is rising. Of course, malware is a constant risk but consumers are more likely to click on shopping notification or phishing e-mails during the holiday season because they think they're legitimate.

EUAfter a year of high profile breaches consumers have been asked continually to change their password, and protecting access to their accounts should remain a priority -- they should also be considering the use of a password manager,EU Trey Ford, a Global Security Strategist at security data analytics, and risk management company Rapid 7,...

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