The Connected Nation Blog: Beware the Cyber Grinch!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Beware the Cyber Grinch!

The growing number of online shoppers has a great impact on businesses across the globe. However, the ease of shopping online also comes with its share of risks thanks to those who make their money preying on digital consumers.

This holiday season, Connected Nation wants you to have the best online experience possible, and that's why we're giving you a quick heads up on how you can avoid the Cyber Grinch.

Of late, we've noticed an uptick in "phishing" e-mails. These e-mails attempt to get users like yourself to divulge personal information by claiming to be from different stores or shipping companies. If you get an e-mail that seems mysterious, keep an eye out for the following red flags:

1. E-mails asking you to run a program to check your shipping status.

2. Asking you to click a link to check your shipping status.

3. Informing you of a delivery failure and requesting you click a link.

We'd encourage you to avoid clicking links in any e-mail that seems out of the ordinary. Typically, these e-mails will come from third-party organizations, or e-mail addresses not associated with any major companies or shipping agencies. If you're unsure, call customer service from the sites you've made purchases from rather than taking a chance on an e-mail that doesn't seem quite right.

Online shopping can be a great tool to make your holiday season less stressful and we hope this quick warning helps you steer clear of those who are trying to corrupt the Christmas spirit.

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