12 Scams of Christmas: Dangerous e-cards
E-card are a popular way to stay in touch around the holiday season. But those e-cards are being sent out with a warning from the security pros at McAfee. They say some are malicious and may contain spyware or viruses. That's why dangerous e-cards are our 2nd scam of christmas.
There are plenty of free and paid e-card sites out there. Most are safe, but you'll want to watch for some red flags that could deliver more than you bargained for. If any ask you to click on an attachment to view the card or maybe a screensaver, that's a red flag. Trojan viruses can then be downloaded to your machine.
So make sure the card comes from a well-known e-card site by checking the domain name of the link. Also check to see that the sender is someone you know and that there are no misspellings or other clues the card is fake.
"Bad guys have been ramping up all year long, and they take this time of year to rob you and your bank account . Our goal here is awareness," McAfee online security expert Robert Siciliano said.
So be careful when clicking. If you come across a shortened URL use a URL expander to see where the link is directed to before you click.
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