PRAGUE, Czech Republic, November 23, 2010 – The growing popularity of online shopping puts consumers at risk for a malware infection during four separate stages of their e-shop experience.
This risk is increasing as consumers spend more time and money online. U.S. e-commerce spending for the 2010 holiday season is projected to be between seven and nine percent higher than last year, according to a preliminary forecast from comScore. A recent holiday survey from the National Retail Federation found that online shoppers will spend 25 percent more than the average in-store shopper.
While consumers are able to avoid the crowds, they can’t avoid digital pickpockets striking at each step in their holiday shopping. Here are four primary steps – and your vulnerabilities:
”Online shopping has become more complex and involved in recent years, leaving shoppers at risk during multiple points of the browsing and buying process,“ said Ondrej Vlcek, Chief Technical Officer at AVAST Software. “Holiday shoppers can ensure that no Grinch will spoil their holiday cheer by downloading the free avast! antivirus program. avast! will keep your identity and computer totally protected without slowing it down, so you can get your shopping done quickly and still have time to enjoy the holiday season.“
To ensure that the holiday season is merry and without a computer infection or identity theft, AVAST Software offers the following tips for online shoppers:
1. On 8 April 2014, Microsoft stops support for Internet Explorer browsers running on Windows XP. This will put your computer and data, such as credit card and online banking details, at greater risk to hackers and malware.
2. Several browser alternatives exist, but we at AVAST use and recommend Chrome, as we find it to be the most-secure option available.