Thanksgiving is once again upon us, followed by "Black Friday," which typically means one of two things: you will either be spending time with family as you recover from a food hangover, or you will be fighting the crowds for deals at retail stores.
But wait! There is a way you can have your pumpkin pie and eat it too.
These days most shopping outlets promote their Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on their websites in advance of the holiday; many offer great online deals and perks like free shipping to entice shoppers to avoid the crowds and shop online. But beware: malware authors anticipate the increase in online shopping and use the season to manipulate users to their own ends.
As shopping increases, so do risks
Today’s bad actors use a variety of methods to lure users into clicking malicious links or opening infected files. They use phishing to attempts to harvest credentialsor lead victims to less-than-reputable stores. They send opaquely named files and create websites designed to confuse recipients. They can even use your CPU resources when you visit their shop to mine Bitcoins without consent. In this blog, we will describe in further detail how some of these techniques are being used, and how to avoid them.
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