|By Marketwired .||
|November 21, 2012 05:30 AM EST||
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA and SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/21/12 -- AhnLab, a leading provider of information security products and services for consumers, today warned consumers who will be shopping online this holiday season to take precautions to protect their bank accounts and credit cards from fraud and their systems from Malware/Virus infection on Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday shopping season.
According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 52 percent of American consumers will turn to the Internet for holiday shopping this year which is a five percent increase from last year. The NRF says this is the first year the majority of holiday shopping will be done online and that consumers will spend an average of $750 each. Additionally, about 53 percent of smartphone users and 64 percent of tablet users will use mobile devices to research gifts, stores and deals, and make purchases. According to Shop.org, online holiday spending this year is forecast to be almost $96 billion.
According to David Perry, director of security education, AhnLab, while Cyber Monday might be the biggest online shopping day of the year, it also might be the biggest day for online fraud and theft.
"Who doesn't shop online? You avoid the rain and snow, the crowds, the parking and all the madness by shopping online, and if you are diligent you can almost always get a better deal online," said Perry. "The miracle of the Internet, however, is a two way street and just as it makes it easy for you to shop, buy and ship that gift, it also makes it easy for you to fall victim of fraud, theft and forgery. Play it safe this year, and protect your hard earned cash."
AhnLab offers these tips for online shoppers this holiday season:
1. Start with a clean machine: make sure that your computer is malware free before you ever buy online. The most common cybercrime involves planting a spyware agent on your system to capture your account password, your credit card number or other high risk data as you are using it. Update your Internet security program and do a full scan the night before your online shopping spree. This is the ounce of prevention that's worth a pound of cure. When your machine is clean, it eliminates the ability of a key logger from stealing your credit card number even if you are entering it into your PayPal account.
2. Shop with vendors who offer their own accounts. Companies like Amazon.com and eBay take cyber security very seriously and offer a measure of protection against online fraud. You still have to be diligent, but established brands that offer end user accounts are a safer way to go. It's easy to see a great deal on a great product on a site you have never heard of, but if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be careful about clicking through on links on unfamiliar sites as they can trigger malware or a virus.
3. Use PayPal (or another personal account) whenever possible to make purchases instead of using your own credit card as PayPal uses a secondary form of authentication to keep your credit card in one place instead of every store you shop. And if you must use your credit card, check activity regularly to guard against fraud. The law limits your liability to only $50, but only if you detect the fraud in the first 30 days. At no time should you shop online with a debit card. The law offers you no protection for online fraud in a debit card purchase. Keep a printed record of every transaction for every gift. You might need to exchange or return it.
4. Check your card statement every month. This would be the first place you would ever see evidence of banking fraud. This is something that happens every day, and while banks are improving at detecting fraud, online fraud still happens. Remember, the burden of detecting the crime is on your shoulders, and it is your money.
For more tips on safe holiday shopping, go to: http://www.fbi.gov/news/news_blog/holiday-shopping-tips.
Headquartered in South Korea and with US HQ in San Francisco, AhnLab Inc. (KRX: 053800) develops industry-leading security solutions and provides professional services that are designed to secure and protect critical business and personal information. As a leading innovator in the information security arena for more than 20 years, AhnLab' s cutting edge products and services fulfilling the stringent security requirements of both enterprises and individual users.
AhnLab' s products and services include anti-virus solutions, network, mobile and online game security, security management and consulting services. Today, AhnLab boasts a network of sales and research operations in more than 20 countries worldwide.
For more information on AhnLab, go to www.ahnlab.com or +1-866 666-3080
Madison Alexander PR
Everyone wants to use containers, but monitoring containers is hard. New ephemeral architecture introduces new challenges in how monitoring tools need to monitor and visualize containers, so your team can make sense of everything. In his session at @DevOpsSummit, David Gildeh, co-founder and CEO of Outlyer, will go through the challenges and show there is light at the end of the tunnel if you use the right tools and understand what you need to be monitoring to successfully use containers in your...
Apr. 24, 2017 01:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,637
Developers want to create better apps faster. Static clouds are giving way to scalable systems, with dynamic resource allocation and application monitoring. You won't hear that chant from users on any picket line, but helping developers to create better apps faster is the mission of Lee Atchison, principal cloud architect and advocate at New Relic Inc., based in San Francisco. His singular job is to understand and drive the industry in the areas of cloud architecture, microservices, scalability ...
Apr. 24, 2017 01:00 AM EDT Reads: 3,206
Data is an unusual currency; it is not restricted by the same transactional limitations as money or people. In fact, the more that you leverage your data across multiple business use cases, the more valuable it becomes to the organization. And the same can be said about the organization’s analytics. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bill Schmarzo, CTO for the Big Data Practice at Dell EMC, introduced a methodology for capturing, enriching and sharing data (and analytics) across the organization...
Apr. 24, 2017 12:30 AM EDT Reads: 6,314
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
Apr. 24, 2017 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 984
Grape Up is a software company, specialized in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market across the USA and Europe, we work with a variety of customers from emerging startups to Fortune 1000 companies.
Apr. 23, 2017 11:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,981
Financial Technology has become a topic of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 20th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York, June 6-8, 2017, will find fresh new content in a new track called FinTech.
Apr. 23, 2017 11:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,154
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 add...
Apr. 23, 2017 11:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,579
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long developm...
Apr. 23, 2017 10:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,950
Multiple data types are pouring into IoT deployments. Data is coming in small packages as well as enormous files and data streams of many sizes. Widespread use of mobile devices adds to the total. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the tools and environments that are being put to use in IoT deployments, as well as the team skills a modern enterprise IT shop needs to keep things running, get a handle on all this data, and deli...
Apr. 23, 2017 09:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,947
The age of Digital Disruption is evolving into the next era – Digital Cohesion, an age in which applications securely self-assemble and deliver predictive services that continuously adapt to user behavior. Information from devices, sensors and applications around us will drive services seamlessly across mobile and fixed devices/infrastructure. This evolution is happening now in software defined services and secure networking. Four key drivers – Performance, Economics, Interoperability and Trust ...
Apr. 23, 2017 09:30 PM EDT Reads: 3,539
In recent years, containers have taken the world by storm. Companies of all sizes and industries have realized the massive benefits of containers, such as unprecedented mobility, higher hardware utilization, and increased flexibility and agility; however, many containers today are non-persistent. Containers without persistence miss out on many benefits, and in many cases simply pass the responsibility of persistence onto other infrastructure, adding additional complexity.
Apr. 23, 2017 08:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,002
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
Apr. 23, 2017 08:45 PM EDT Reads: 698
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Aruna Ravichandran, vice president of DevOps Product and Solutions Marketing at CA Technologies, has been named co-conference chair of DevOps at Cloud Expo 2017. The @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Apr. 23, 2017 06:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,314
Most companies are adopting or evaluating container technology - Docker in particular - to speed up application deployment, drive down cost, ease management and make application delivery more flexible overall. As with most new architectures, this dream takes a lot of work to become a reality. Even when you do get your application componentized enough and packaged properly, there are still challenges for DevOps teams to making the shift to continuous delivery and achieving that reduction in cost ...
Apr. 23, 2017 05:30 PM EDT Reads: 3,605
Translating agile methodology into real-world best practices within the modern software factory has driven widespread DevOps adoption, yet much work remains to expand workflows and tooling across the enterprise. As models evolve from pockets of experimentation into wholescale organizational reinvention, practitioners find themselves challenged to incorporate the culture and architecture necessary to support DevOps at scale. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Anand Akela, Senior...
Apr. 23, 2017 05:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,516