There are only a few weeks left until Christmas and the wish lists are long and extensive. However, inflation and the high cost of gas, electricity and petrol are causing many consumers' gift budgets to shrink, making the search for good deals on toys, electronics and the like even more important than in previous years. This causes additional stress. Although online shoppers benefit from discounts and promotions such as Black Week or Black Friday, cybercriminals are also increasingly active now to harm consumers.
"Every year, the Christmas season brings cybercriminals high profits. They use fake shops and fake offers to scam money or personal information, such as access data to online payment service providers", explains Tim Berghoff, Security Evangelist at G DATA CyberDefense. "Consumers should remain calm during the Christmas rush and take the time to carefully check offers and providers. If they also rely on an active security solution when shopping and keep their smartphones and computers up to date, nothing will stand in the way of buying and gifting presents."
The tills never ring sweeter than in the run-up to Christmas
For retailers, it is the most important time of the year, with high sales and strong profits. That's why cyber criminals rely on these two scams in particular to boost their criminal Christmas business:
Security expert Tim Berghoff advises consumers to look carefully at bargains. He also advises using a comprehensive security solution and recommends always keeping the operating system and all applications on mobile devices and computers up to date with the help of updates.
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