Online shoppers warned of cyber pickpockets ahead of holidays - WKRN News 2

Online shoppers warned of cyber pickpockets ahead of holiday shopping

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With millions of shoppers in stores this weekend, millions more will do their shopping online.

A Nashville computer security expert warns that cyber criminals are out to take your money much like a pick pocket in traditional stores.

"It is dangerous if you don't know that you've tightened down all the way," said Alan Reeves of MouseCalls.

Reeves told News 2 there are certain things people can do to keep them safe when shopping online.

  • "Make sure you have the latest update of your web browser whether it be Internet explorer, safari, firefox you want to make sure you have that updated so that all of the security holes are patched."

  • "Always make sure that when you're at the point of entering your credit card, look for, typically in the upper left of the address bar you'll see a lock symbol, that tells you the site is secure."

  • "If you are searching for products online...and the search results take you to an area that you did not anticipate, or results of products you were not looking for your computer may be compromised."

  • "You can be on a site that can be perfectly fine but your computer, where you're sitting where you're typing in the information, could be getting your keystrokes and sending them elsewhere."

  • "You can have that great anti-virus and have it updated, paid for and good to go, but if you don't have Windows, Java, Adobe, all of your software up to date and patched with the latest updates, you're leaving yourself wide open."


Reeves added that EBay is generally a safe place to shop using a credit card, as long as the shopper looks at seller ratings and reviews and uses PayPal for transactions.

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