Online Printer Ink Shoppers Warned Over Xmas Cyber Scams

2010-12-08 08:54:15

Published on 2010-12-08 08:54:15

With online shopping blooming this Christmas, many people will be buying printers as gifts -and probably throwing in a few ink cartridges too - via the web. But while so-called 'armchair shopping' is popular with those looking for the best deals, it is not without its pitfalls.

Internet security firm Panda Security has issued shoppers advice to ensure they do not fall victim to online fraud. It's important to run up to date and reliable anti-malware software, making sure all security updates are installed.

While it may be tempting to use a search engine, like Google, to search for deals, Panda suggests going directly to a retailer you are familiar with (such as Internet-ink!) - this will reduce the chance of getting caught in a scam. Be alert to the online world. Online criminals can be clever in their methods, often using fake adverts and creating false shopping baskets.

"If you are not sure about a particular site, a quick look in your favourite search engine for site reviews should indicate whether or not you should purchase from that site," the security firm said. Review sites you can use include the reviewcentre.com. Finally, users should install current software updates for their operating system – like Firefox – so they don't get unknowingly infected with malware.

Recently, the Centre for Retail Research forecasted that UK households will spend more than one-fifth (22 per cent) of their Christmas budget online this year, totalling £11.5 billion over the festive season. 

Check out are Christmas Gift Guide for ideas this holiday season!

Posted by Barry Ashmore.

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