#CyberFLASH: Malware – the gift you don’t want re-gifted

cra-passwords-security_211076204-e1402005190177OTTAWA – Online retail in Canada continues to increase, and according to a recent survey by TD Bank (Anatomy of an Online Shopper), more than seven in 10 (72 percent) of Canadians surveyed do at least some of their holiday shopping online.

As the online industry grows, cybercriminals are continuously finding ways to take advantage of unaware users or unsecured processes. How can you prevent this unwanted gift? For starters, simply being aware of the most common online threats — such as spam/junk mail, phishing and adware — can help ensure a safer online shopping experience.

Follow these proactive steps to help safeguard your online shopping security and privacy:

Connect to a secure network – avoid using open or public Wi-Fi. There’s a bigger chance for attackers to intercept your connection and obtain your access details such as passwords, and usernames.

Bookmark websites – to avoid typing in the wrong address, always bookmark your most trusted shopping sites.

Avoid opening unusual emails and links – to the untrained eye, distinguishing a valid email from a fake one could be a little difficult. If you want to make sure, look out for outrageous subject lines that come with “offers” that seem too good to be true. If you’re still unsure, you can double check with an official source.

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