Tips for safer online shopping this Cyber Monday

Summary:Despite all the good cheer, the holiday season is a prime time for cyber criminals looking to take advantage of online shoppers.

As many businesses prepare their cloud infrastructures to meet heavier traffic demands for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, all of us need to keep security in mind as well.

Unfortunately, despite all the good cheer, the holiday season is a prime time for cyber criminals looking to take advantage of online shoppers and prey on vulnerabilities.

A recent survey from PriceGrabber reported that 41 percent of consumers plan to shop online next Monday -- up from 37 percent in 2011 -- so there's definitely plenty of incentives for cyber criminals to creep up then too.

The good news that it's not that difficult to avoid these traps with a little knowledge and awareness.

Here are some of the top tips from anti-virus solutions provider Trend Micro. They're in no particular order as they should all be taken into account when shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Monday -- or really any day of the year:

  • Use strong passwords and use unique passwords for your most sensitive websites
  • Scan your mobile devices regularly for malicious apps.
  • Don’t click on links; rely on bookmarks for sensitive sites instead.
  • Watch out for fake apps that are posing for more popular, real apps.
  • Be wary of free apps that ask for too much personal information.
  • Go easy on promo links. If it’s too good to be true, it likely is.
  • Use remote security apps to backup and wipe your phone or laptop in case you lose it.
  • Use Parental Control features to monitor what information your kids might be giving out.

For a more fun but still informative approach to understanding safer online shopping, navigate yourself through the infographic below:

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Chart via Trend Micro

Topics: Security, Apps, Consumerization, E-Commerce, Mobility

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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