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Trend Micro’s tips to stay safe shopping online this Xmas

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Christmas is just weeks away and many customers will be giving the crowded shopping centres a miss and heading online to do their shopping.

But while shopping online offers benefits like convenience and cheaper prices, we have to ensure we stay safe and secure.

Trend Micro has released a free 2011 holiday online shopping guide which provides a number of useful tips to avoid the online dangers.  

The free 12-page booklet from Trend Micro can be downloaded here.

In the Asia Pacific region online shopping generated more than $156 billion in profits and this boom is attracting cyber criminals.

This risk has been increased with the rise in mobile shopping with 26 per cent of Asia Pacific users using their smartphones to find the best online deals.

“2011 will be the biggest year yet for online shopping in Australia, with recent research forecasting that AU$30.2 billion will be spent this year,” said Tina Su, senior product marketing manager at Trend Micro.

“However, the biggest online Christmas shopping season will also see greater risks than ever before.

“Consumers need to understand how to reduce the danger, and we hope the ‘Online Shopping Safety Made Easy’ guide proves a valuable tool for online shoppers.”

Here are some of the tips included in the Trend Micro online shopping guide:

* If the deal is too good to be true – guess what? It probably is.

* Bookmark your favourite online shopping sites. Hackers are hoping you’ll misspell the names of popular shopping web sites and land on their fake websites which will try and exploit weaknesses on your PC.

* Choose payment methods carefully. Never choose a payment option which doesn’t offer some sort of buyer protection.

* Shop securely. Avoid accessing shopping sites through an unsecured network or on commonly used public hotspots.

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