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Now there is an increasing trend among the customers to prefer online shopping. The ease with which the shopping can be made online is propelling more and more to go for this choice. This has become a golden opportunity to the cyber criminals to commit more number of frauds. There are a number of ways in which the attacks take place. The most important way is creating the sites resembling that of the well known brands. The users of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter easily become prey for these criminals. This article aims at educating the people about some measures to avoid these frauds.

Most of the cybercriminals aim at gaining the control of the system and the accounts. To avoid this, a firewall and an anti-virus should be used which assure the protection from the hackers. A two-way firewall is essential to avoid the hackers from entering the computer and also sending spam from the account. The Wi-Fi that is being used should be safe and secure. This ensures security to the users. In case the Wi-Fi network that is connected to is illegitimate, the chances of getting attacked will be more.

One important measure to keep the cybercriminals away is to have strong and unique passwords for all the online accounts that are intended for shopping. This is an important measure as this poses a very difficult job to crack the password. Also the users should be careful for not clinking on the pop-up links. Some of these may direct the users to spam spurious sites which look like the real sites. Once logged in, the scammers will manage to get all the details about the users including the financial information. The users are more often targeted through email or social networking sites. Hence it is always suggested to go the official website of the company by typing the web address instead of blindly following any links.

Tips from the security experts at Mozilla to help you choose strong, easy-to-remember passwords.

The authenticity of the site should be made sure from the web address and the padlock icon which will be there next to it. The websites which are SSL secured do the job of encrypting the important information such as credit cards numbers. Another way of checking the genuineness of the website is by clicking on the padlock. Yet another way is to look for the approval of the third parties which will be apparent through the symbol given by them. Generally the sites with Better Business Bureau or TRUSTe symbol make clear that the particular site is following certain business standards.

Google expert Maile Ohye about how to shop safely online.

Some of the sites offer wonderful discount prices or gifts which are highly alluring to the customers to try them. Most of these sites require a survey to be filled which helps the scammers in gathering all the required information. Online shoppers should be careful about such attractive offers. It is often advised to use a separate email account for online shopping that is not used for any important works. Credit cards should be used for shopping instead of debit cards.

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