Cyber Monday Shopping: Advice on Malware, Viruses and Trojans

By Posted 25 Nov 2010, 13:25

It’s hard not to get drawn into the frenzy that is Black Friday, but there are those of you who are just sitting back and waiting for Cyber Monday. These shoppers believe that these online sales are less stressful – but are they? The reason I say this is because it is the perfect time for your computer to come under attack from Malware, Viruses and Trojans.

We know by experience how many deals will be on offer the Monday after Thanksgiving, and it is so easy to fall into the trap of malware, but just try to not get caught in the online shopping frenzy trying to gab a bargain, and stay vigilant – as you do throughout the year.

Elinor Mills from Cent News picks up on a good point, when she says that it is not just your personal computers that will be open to attacks, Cyber Monday is not a state holiday, so most of you will be at work using their computers to do your shopping. In short, “you could be opening up the corporate network to malicious hackers.” I do not know about you, but I would not want to risk something like that.

With the amount of online retail outlets, it is a fact that there will be a few fake ones out there; these are set up just for the holiday shopping season. This is like a breading ground for attacks from email malware, Trojans and viruses

We all know how to stay safe online, and Lance Whitney has written a great piece offering general tips. It’s just funny how we still need reminding. A couple of tips is to always go directly to a store website, so typing in the URL in the address is very important. Also keep an eye on eCards; they are a breading ground for malware.

For a complete guide to stay safe visit Cnet News.

Have you ever been infected by a virus or Trojan during Cyber Monday?

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