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Keep Safe During the Holiday Season Shopping

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16 / 11 / 2016

Keep Safe During the Holiday Season Shopping

Holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. This statement is true unless you find out that someone stole money from your credit card. Sad…

According to Nielsen report, worldwide fraud money loss is more than 21 billion, 38.7% of which is related to the US loses. Most of all money theft events happen during the holiday seasons when people make the biggest online purchases and look for the most attractive prices.

Just before the holiday shopping season, Apple removed hundreds of shopping apps from the iOS AppStore. From the very beginning, Apple has been serious about the security of its users. We can just remember the case with the FBI when Apple refused to unlock the iPhone belonging to the terrorist. So what exactly has been deleted by Apple… Actually, fake apps that have claimed to be official apps of popular brand names. For example, big department stores like Dillard’s and Nordstrom, online product bazaars like Zappos.com and Polyvore, and luxury goods makers like Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior, and Salvatore Ferragamo. A lot of fake apps are still listed in the App Store, those which still are not detected by Apple.

Among the new scams to avoid in 2016 are, of course, political scams that may get you involved along with other political news seeping all over. Others are data breach notifications via email and your sensitive data allegedly available online. Do not click, answer, or call anywhere, just close the email or delete it and believe that your sensitive data will be safer. Malvertising and SMS scam still remain the top scams in 2016.

 

Here are some safety tips to avoid money frauds:

Use Security Software

You may probably hear that hackers use ad traffic as retailers. Any antivirus software cannot stop malvertising, but at least it will block potentially dangerous websites. Find this functionality in MacKeeper Internet Security and make sure that it’s turned on.

Keep Financial Information Private

Almost all payments should be confirmed via cell phone. Your cell phone is typically linked to your credit card, so you don’t even need to provide any phone numbers to receive the verification code.

Unbelievable Sweet Deal? It’s Fake!

Don’t lose your head because of attractive offers during the holiday season. There are thousands of examples of such deals, and it’s important that you don’t fall for such ridiculous offers. Good things are worth good money.

Buy from Trusted Sources

Even if you want to buy a gift at a website that you know well, you may fall victim to scammers. The major part of retailers will have a safety lock symbol next to that URL confirming that the site is real. In addition, check the security of the connection: the link should always start with https://.