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Holiday Hackers

How to be safe and smart bargain-hunting online

Holiday Hackers

For bargain stalkers, one of the best times of the year is just days away. Many of those weary of the pushes, shoves, lines and stampedes in stores on Black Friday may go online on Cyber Monday to hunt for killer deals – and from the comfort of home.

But shoppers won’t be the only crowd in cyberspace. Lurking behind the excitement are hackers, phishers and con artists of all stripes aiming to steal and rob your personal and financial information with a plethora of attack tactics.

“Phishing emails from fake FedEx and similar bogus shipping and delivery notices are particularly popular with criminals. They’ll try to trick you out of your password or credit card number,” says Beverly Moore, a UTHealth information security manager. “Ads for discounted merchandise, free shipping and other special deals are also among the gimmicks.”

So how do you avoid such pitfalls?

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