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On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a computer virus

Posted 23rd December 2009.

DITTON PARK, U.K, 22 DECEMBER, 2009 – During the festive season, an increasing number of people are spending time online to buy presents, manage their party calendars, keep updated with friends and family and send greetings. But, you can lose that festive glow very quickly when youre attacked online by a virus or your account is hacked into. CA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA) today reveals the twelve Internet safety tips for online security threats to keep safe over the festive season:

1 Avoid ‘Click-happy’ Accidents: Dont be a ‘Click-happy’ person – be cautious before clicking and following links especially those that look festive and fun.

2 Evil Greeting Cards: Watch your incoming emails! Waledac malicious greeting cards such as e-Cards, Youve received a Christmas Card… Youve received a Holiday Greeting…; and recent ones are using more personalised subjects, such as Hello Darling.

3 Phishing Tricks: Be aware of Phishers! Phishing email commonly targets users of really popular Christmas shopping and transaction sites such as PayPal, eBay and Amazon, although bank notification emails and credit card frauds are also on the top schemes of these financially motivated attackers.

4 Surfing Disaster: Surf the internet safely. Make sure your online security protection is turned on (firewall, HIPS and anti-malware). Cyber threats use blackhat search engine optimisation to direct traffic to malicious websites.

5 Festive Scammers: If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Scams may arrive in very powerful and convincing ways – either by offering a job, big discounts or a lottery win. In most cases, the email provides instructions on how to claim the offer which often require users an initial sum of money or personal information like credit card details.

6 Charity Fraud: Are you in the mood for helping and giving this season? When donating, make sure you know and understand the cause of your selected charity organisation. Avoid engaging into hasty decisions by just following a good looking or compelling email or visiting an unfamiliar website. Spend time to research and dont hesitate to ask!

7 Deceptive Shopping Deals: In a gloomy economy, many of us try to maximise by finding the best deal for our money. The Internet has been a great source of information and this includes discount coupons, gift cards and freebies. Scammers will often mislead users and request funds to support a joining/membership fee, selling items or getting credit card information.
For online shoppers, please be aware of dubious price-comparison websites as well.

8 Dangerous Downloads & Installs: Spammed malware uses social engineering techniques such as the Delivery Problem. This email message pretends to be coming from legitimate companies such as Parcelforce, DHL and FedEx. The convincing looks and content often lead to manual download and installation of a malicious programme. Related pick-up lines are:
Weve Got Your Postal Tracking Number and Western Union transfer is available for withdrawal.

9 Identity Theft: Holiday hackers, password stealers and banking trojans may take advantage of the festive season.
Social networking sites are another notable target this season. These communities are a source of communication and exchange where people get in-touch with friends and families by sending greetings, updates and showing photos and videos. Threats such as Koobface may take advantage of the festive mood by deploying customised theme that increases its chances of infection.

10 Revealing travel plans and loot: Also be cautious about updating your social media status updates with travel plans over the holidays and posting photos of all of the expensive presents, when you also have your home address listed on the info page (ideally, you shouldnt reveal your home address at all).

11 Secure Shopping logos: Always look for secure shopping logos before entering credit card information.

12 Enable Security Protections: Be cautious about your online activity, enable online projection, update your security software and save energy by turning off your computer when not in-use.

ENDS

About CA ISBU

CA Internet Security Business Unit (ISBU) is a unit of CA, Inc. dedicated to the development, marketing and support for CA anti-malware products. The products include a full range of enterprise, SMB and home / home office Internet security software. The products are backed by CAs Security Advisor research team and have received major industry certifications. CA ISBU products are also offered by more than 10,000 resellers and OEM partners including leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). The products are currently licensed for use on more than 70 million PCs worldwide. For more information, please visit http://security.com/partners.

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