Don’t let the cyber grinch steal your Christmas

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CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) – While many people go online to take advantage of holiday deals, experts say be aware that cyber crooks are also online looking to take advantage of you.

“I like to say that a secure computer is one that is turned off, unplugged, encased in concrete, buried and guarded 24-7,” said IT Consultant David White.

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In reality, no home computer is ever that secure when it comes to your financial information and personal identity, especially when consumers are using home computers to purchase holiday gifts. White said anyone can be a target, especially when they go on shopping sites they think are 100-percent secure.

“It’s very common for website owners to get hacked and they don’t even know about it.”

When an online store owner’s website is hacked, it opens up the flood gates for hackers to gain access to home computers and credit card information of consumers who purchase items on those websites. White said holiday online consumers should pay attention to web addresses, especially addresses that have the letter S at the end of HTTP.



when an online store owner’s website is hacked, it opens up the flood gates for hackers to gain access to home computers and credit card information of consumers who purchase items on those websites. White says holiday online consumers should pay attention to web addresses, especially those with super-safe HTTPS.

Last year, shoppers looking for bargains visited more than 4,500 retail websites, but experts reminds consumers that not every website is legitimate or safe.

“If you suspect that it’s suspicious, you should treat it as suspicious,” White said.

So if the deal sounds too good to be true, then that’s probably the case.