Monday, December 23, 2013

Beware 12 scams of Christmas for 2013

Many of us let our guard down during the holiday season, especially when we're online.

We like to think everyone is of good cheer this time of year. But they're not, and that's why you have to be more diligent than ever these weeks for online scams.

A video from a friend on Facebook? Sure. I'll click on that. A holiday greeting card? I'll click on that too.

Then there are the "Free $500 gift card" text messages to your smartphone. And the "shipment notification" that shows up in your email inbox for a package you never ordered.

Any of those could be among "The 12 Scams of Christmas," annual lists put together by internet security firms.

Here, then, are the top 2013 holiday season scams as reported this year by McAfee: (this list was provided by McAfee/Intel)
1. Not-So-Merry Mobile Apps—Official-looking software for holiday shopping, including those that feature celebrity or company endorsements, could be malicious, designed to steal or send out your personal data. Criminals can redirect incoming calls and messages, offering them the chance to bypass two-step authentication systems where the second step involves sending a code to a mobile device.

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