October 20, 2009
(NewsUSA) – The allure of Internet deals and the pure
convenience of "click and ship" continue to drive shoppers online this holiday season. An estimated
$44 billion will be spent online purchasing holiday gifts in 2008, up more than 12 percent over
Although more money will be spent online this holiday season, consumers are concerned
about security risks when making purchases over the Internet. According to a CA-sponsored survey,
72 percent of consumers in North America think retailers do not spend enough on online security and
To help ease consumer worry, security experts at CA, Inc. offer the following tips
to help consumers protect themselves online this holiday season.
-Secure, then shop. Before connecting to the Internet, be sure to install anti-virus,
a firewall and anti-spyware programs.
-Update, Update, Update. The bad guys constantly update their techniques, so
consumers need to update their protection. Make sure your firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware and
operating software are up-to-date.
-Never shop on an open wireless network. Open networks are easy targets for
hackers to break into your computer and capture financial information.
-Know who you're dealing with. Get the name and physical address of any online-retailer
before submitting personal or financial information. When shopping online auctions, check the track
record of the seller before bidding.
-Never e-mail your personal or financial information. E-mail is not a secure method of
sending information like your credit card, bank account or Social Security number.
-Look for secure payment processing. When a Web site processes your payment
information, be sure the URL address changes from HTTP to SHTTP or HTTPS. This indicates that the
purchase is encrypted or secured.
-Be alert and be suspicious. Identity thieves count on the holiday rush to catch
consumers off guard with bogus e-mails that seem to be coming from a legitimate organization such
as the bank, the IRS or UPS. These "phishing" scams can lure shoppers into divulging personal
information. Be suspicious of anyone asking for additional personal information or asking you to
click on links in an e-mail.