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Online shoppers are being urged to be on their guard as the threat of cyber attacks in the run-up to Christmas is feared to reach unprecedented levels.

Any individual or organisation can be targetted no matter of size or geography.

As the Christmas rush reaches a peak, bringing with it the biggest cyber threat we’ve seen, it is vital that shoppers do all they can to prevent themselves becoming the next cyber attack case.

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) warns the anticipated record number of people looking to buy gifts over the internet this Christmas, coupled with the advanced techniques being used by cyber criminals, means the risk of shoppers falling victim has never been greater.

They’ve put together a series of tips to help shoppers stay protected online.

SBRC director, Mandy Haeburn-Little, estimates  as much as 80% of cyber-crime can be prevented by getting the basics right such as updating software, good passwords and regular system backups.

He said: “But we also want shoppers to be extra vigilant in following some simple tips to have a happy and troublefree Christmas.”

It is important to keep your personal and financial information safe when buying online. To keep your details safe you need to look out for three things:





With shoppers using various sites over the internet to buy presents, it will likely mean a flurry of unexpected emails – such as receipts or links to other websites – which heightens the threat of leave people unwittingly responding to so-called ‘Phishing scams.’

Phishing is an attempt to criminally and fraudulently acquire sensitive information – such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy site using email. For example, receiving an email asking to update your financial details and provides a link.

There are easy ways to avoid this type of scam if you remember a few useful tips:




Online shoppers should be wary of cyber attacks