TrustPort warns against online holiday fraud

Company outlines six steps to keep your computer safe

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TrustPort warns against online holiday fraud TrustPort has warned of an increase in hackers and malware during the holiday season.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  December 8, 2010

Internet security software provider, TrustPort, has warned against fraudulent holiday season emails and hackers that take advantage of this time of year.

"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 will not be infected. Internet security is only as good as the latest update of an antivirus software," says Vladislav Nemec, CEO at TrustPort.

According to TrustPort, more and more people are using the internet to send e-cards for the holiday season; they say that there were 500 million Christmas e-cards sent in 2008 worldwide. Social networks have also cottoned onto this trend and now offer e-cards on the site.

TrustPort says that throughout the holiday period this year around one billion e-cards will be sent out, they warn that if just one card per million sent is infected with malicious code, thousands of computers will be infected.

TrustPort has released six steps that they believe will lower users' risks of opening malicious e-cards or allowing malware to access their system.

The first suggestion is that if you do not know the sender of an e-card, do not open the e-mail - delete it straightaway.

The company also say that if you are not sure about the e-cards' website link, mentioned in the received e-mail, do not click on it.

Thirdly, if you receive an e-mail from a charitable organisation with a request for your help, do not answer the e-mail. Go to the charity's own website and contribute through the legitimate web address.

TrustPort says if you receive an e-mail from an unknown online shop where all prices are too good to be true, they probably are not true, don't buy anything.

Another of its tips is that if you use internet banking or if you pay for goods through a service such as PayPal, always make sure that web page with online transfer begins with "https", the letter "s" means "secure" and it stands for a secured server.

The final tip is to make sure that you have installed the latest update of your antivirus software and, if you surf the Internet, use always common sense and be vigilant.

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