AhnLab Offers Advice on Safe Online Shopping for Cyber Monday

AhnLab Offers Advice on Safe Online Shopping for Cyber Monday 
Heavy Online Shopping Day Can Spoil Holiday Season With Security
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA and SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/21/12
--   AhnLab, a leading provider of information security products and
services for consumers, today warned consumers who will be shopping
online this holiday season to take precautions to protect their bank
accounts and credit cards from fraud and their systems from
Malware/Virus infection on Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday
shopping season. 
According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 52 percent of
American consumers will turn to the Internet for holiday shopping
this year which is a five percent increase from last year. The NRF
says this is the first year the majority of holiday shopping will be
done online and that consumers will spend an average of $750 each.
Additionally, about 53 percent of smartphone users and 64 percent of
tablet users will use mobile devices to research gifts, stores and
deals, and make purchases. According to Shop.org, online holiday
spending this year is forecast to be almost $96 billion.  
According to David Perry, director of security education, AhnLab,
while Cyber Monday might be the biggest online shopping day of the
year, it also might be the biggest day for online fraud and theft. 
"Who doesn't shop online? You avoid the rain and snow, the crowds,
the parking and all the madness by shopping online, and if you are
diligent you can almost always get a better deal online," said Perry.
"The miracle of the Internet, however, is a two way street and just
as it makes it easy for you to shop, buy and ship that gift, it also
makes it easy for you to fall victim of fraud, theft and forgery.
Play it safe this year, and protect your hard earned cash." 
AhnLab offers these tips for online shoppers this holiday season: 
1. Start with a clean machine: make sure that your computer is
malware free before you ever buy online. The most common cybercrime
involves planting a spyware agent on your system to capture your
account password, your credit card number or other high risk data as
you are using it. Update your Internet security program and do a full
scan the night before your online shopping spree. This i
s the ounce
of prevention that's worth a pound of cure. When your machine is
clean, it eliminates the ability of a key logger from stealing your
credit card number even if you are entering it into your PayPal
2. Shop with vendors who offer their own accounts. Companies like
Amazon.com and eBay take cyber security very seriously and offer a
measure of protection against online fraud. You still have to be
diligent, but established brands that offer end user accounts are a
safer way to go. It's easy to see a great deal on a great product on
a site you have never heard of, but if it sounds too good to be true,
it probably is. Be careful about clicking through on links on
unfamiliar sites as they can trigger malware or a virus. 
3. Use PayPal (or another personal account) whenever possible to make
purchases instead of using your own credit card as PayPal uses a
secondary form of authentication to keep your credit card in one
place instead of every store you shop. And if you must use your
credit card, check activity regularly to guard against fraud. The law
limits your liability to only $50, but only if you detect the fraud
in the first 30 days.  At no time should you shop online with a debit
card. The law offers you no protection for online fraud in a debit
card purchase. Keep a printed record of every transaction for every
gift. You might need to exchange or return it. 
4. Check your card statement every month. This would be the first
place you would ever see evidence of banking fraud. This is something
that happens every day, and while banks are improving at detecting
fraud, online fraud still happens. Remember, the burden of detecting
the crime is on your shoulders, and it is your money. 
For more tips on safe holiday shopping, go to:
About AhnLab 
Headquartered in South Korea and with US HQ in San Francisco, AhnLab
Inc. (KRX: 053800) develops industry-leading security solutions and
provides professional services that are designed to secure and
protect critical business and personal information. As a leading
innovator in the information security arena for more than 20 years,
AhnLab' s cutting edge products and services fulfilling the stringent
security requirements of both enterprises and individual users.  
AhnLab' s products and services include anti-virus solutions,
network, mobile and online game security, security management and
consulting services. Today, AhnLab boasts a network of sales and
research operations in more than 20 countries worldwide. 
For more information on AhnLab, go to www.ahnlab.com or +1-866
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