The FIANNCIAL -- Panda Security, a leading pvider of IT security solutions, today announced the availability of a guide containing practical tips to help consumers safely do their holiday shopping online.
Banker trojans are one of the primary threats online shoppers will face this holiday season. These malicious codes, which are designed to steal passwords for accessing online banking services, accounted for 18.59 percent of malware infections in 2007 according to PandaLabs. By becoming aware of the main risks of holiday shopping online, consumers can prevent theft and better safeguard their personal and financial information. This guide can be downloaded from Panda Security's Web site at: http://www.pandasecurity.com/resources/pandanews/Christmas_Guide.pdf.
Banker trojans, whose primary goal is financial gain, work in various ways, from capturing keystrokes to redirecting users to fake banking sites. Another threat that consumers face during the holiday season is phishing,
where they are sent emails that appear to come from a banking institution in an effort to gain access to their passwords. In addition, this malicious tactic is increasingly being used in online gaming and instant messaging
applications. To educate and protect consumers from these dangerous risks, Panda Security's online holiday shopping guide offers the following tips:
1. Make sure there are no active viruses on your PC before shopping or
2. Ignore spam messages or those that claim to come from financial
entities requesting confidential data
3. Investigate an online seller's reputation before purchasing anything
4. Keep the operating system and applications on your computer up-to-date
5. Do not run files or click on links from suspicious sources
6. Never pay for anything online unless you completely trust the seller
7. Do not send confidential data over email, instant messaging, chat or
"The number of online transactions increases a great deal during the holiday season and cyber-crooks are becoming more creative and vicious in their attempts to steal personal information," said Luis Corrons, technical
director of PandaLabs. "We want to make sure that consumers are aware of the risks and are educated on the things that should and shouldn't be done when shopping online. When consumers are alert and have taken adequate security measures to safeguard their personal information, shopping online can be a safe and pleasurable experience."
Since 1990, PandaLabs' mission has been to analyze new threats as rapidly as possible to keep clients safe. Several teams, each specialized in a specific type of malware work 24/7 to provide global coverage. To achieve this, they also have the support of TruPrevent(R) Technologies, which act as a global early-warning system made up of strategically distributed sensors to neutralize new threats and send them to PandaLabs for in-depth analysis. According to Av.Test.org, PandaLabs is currently the fastest laboratory in the industry in providing complete updates to users.