Next year is another year of challenge for security experts to provide the best protection to the consumers. We are living in an age where new ways of stealing consumers’ personal and financial data online were always made each day by cybercriminals.

We are aware of this predicament, so we would like to offer some help even if it’s through our posts. We prepared the following tips to help you stay safe online and to ready yourself for the next year filled with internet security challenges.

Always install updates on your software

This should be applied in each of your electronic devices, not just in your desktop or laptop but also in your mobile devices and television as well. It is very important for the general public to understand how crucial updating software is. Software companies are creating new ways to stop cybercriminals’ new ways of stealing your private information, and they promptly release fixes for those vulnerabilities through their updates.

Steer clear of “phishing” scams

We’ve discussed this many times already but phishing aims to steal your sensitive data by making you submit those data into their bogus websites. Be extra careful because “phishers” can copy the exact page of a legitimate website. Closely examine a website and double check its URL, because fake sites often have a slight difference to the genuine one. This also applies to email phishing scams because attackers can make an email looks legitimate, carefully check its email address because there could be some characters that don't match the real company’s email address.

Your account should have recovery contacts

If you can’t log in to your account, you can be sure that companies will have other channels to confirm your identity by adding a recovery contact to your account. It is often in the form of a phone number or an alternate email address. Recovery contacts serve as the companies’ bridge of communication to you in case your account has been compromised.

Use a unique password for each account you have

If you have various accounts for different websites, never use the same password. We understand some people’s misery regarding this matter, because according to them, passwords are difficult to remember. The solution we see for this problem is using a password manager to better handle your passwords.

Set up a two-factor authentication or 2FA

Two-step authentication process further adds security to your account by requiring another code along with your remembered password. The code is sent to your smartphone via text or generated by an app. Even if the bad guys have your username and password, they can’t access your account without the code sent to your mobile device.

Tips mentioned above are only a few of several ways you can protect yourself online. Just always be extra careful and have some knowledge about the latest news on internet security. Our site will always provide help to you against internet fraud, phishing scams or identity theft every day.

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The time has come: Malls will open, prices will drop and web traffic will skyrocket. Millions of customers will flock to online stores, buying everything from smart watches to televisions, and the parcels will flow.

Most customers will use familiar retail sites like Amazon, Target and eBay. But others will scavenge the internet for less-popular gifts and unbelievable bargains.

Buyer beware: The holiday season is also phishing season. As online transactions balloon over the next few weeks, cybercriminals will have a field day trying to nab credit card and personal data.

A recent study by Kaspersky Lab demonstrated that in 2014 and 2015, phishing scams at the end of the year rose by 9 percentage points. Normally, about a third of phishing attacks are "financial," but around the holidays those kinds of attacks rise to nearly half.

Share of financial phishing in overall number of phishing attacks 2013-2016.

In this case, financial phishing usually refers to credit card information, but cybercriminals may have their sites on other personal data as well, such as your PIN numbers, your social security number and your home address. Most banks will sort out fraudulent purchases in a few weeks, but identity theft can haunt you for a long time.

Here are three ways that hackers try to trick you into parting you with data, and what you can do about it.

1. Phishing scams

Phishing techniques usually come in the form of spam emails advertising special sales and phony gift cards. The most recent example was a massive email scam purporting to be from Amazon. But more sophisticated con artists will set up realistic-looking online shops. To put it mildly, if one of these merchants receives your payment information, you will get more than you bargained for.

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