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Major Retailers Experience 161% Increase in Attempted Hacker Attacks, According to SecureWorks
Date:12/4/2008

ks on key services accessible from the Internet including Web servers and mail servers, while allowing legitimate traffic to pass.

-- Monitoring servers and security devices 24x7x365 for security issues and requiring preventative actions to be taken on security threats in real time.

-- Regularly testing the organization's security posture via vulnerability scans and penetration tests.

Online consumers also need to take precautions, not only during the holiday season but whenever they are making online purchases. "E-commerce always increases around this time of the year, and with an increase in e-commerce comes an increase in criminal activity," said Jackson.

Security Tips for Online Consumers

Jackson recommends the following shopping tips for online consumers:

1. Be wary of holiday gift cards and holiday coupon offers sent via e-mail -- these often have malicious links within the offer which lead to downloads of info-stealing trojans or the hackers try to scam you out of your bank account information.

2. When visiting your favorite online retailer to purchase gifts, be sure to type the actual Web site address of the retailer into your browser. Do not follow links provided by e-mail offers or pop up ads. Many times these are fraudulent sites made to look like the legitimate retail sites.

3. When making online purchases, always use a credit card that limits your fraud liability. Avoid using debit cards to do online purchases when possible so as to limit your personal exposure to any possible fraudulent transactions.

4. When making online purchases, always look at your Web browser for the https (as opposed to http) protocol that proceeds a Web address. The "s" let's you know that the Web site is providing a layer of security for transmitting your personal information over the Internet.

5. Be wary of unsolicite
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