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Season’s greetings: Beware of security threats and fake phishing pages
December 24, 2012

The festive season brings with it heart warming wishes and some great online deals for shoppers and discount seekers. Online retailers present some great discounts and add-ons at this time of the year and online sales see a massive surge in activity as a result.

Unsurprisingly, attackers and phishers use this jubilant opportunity to trick unsuspecting shoppers. Over the years it has been found that shopping scams are very common over this period so buyers and web surfers need to be more cautious than usual. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind.

  • Be on the lookout for fake websites and pages that promise gifts and rewards to entice people. Check the authenticity of a page, especially if it is a shortened link, before entering details or other private information.
  • SEO poisoning refers to the process where attackers enable their phishing websites to feature higher in a Google search with the help of SEO tools. So users should be careful about the websites that they visit. Some websites inject malware in the form of drive-by downloads as soon as a user visits the website.
  • Phishing scams and free gift giveaways will also be advertised in large numbers over social networks like Facebook and others. These should be ignored completely.
  • Some people may also receive holiday themed spam in their email inbox. Certain mails may ask users to submit personal details, fill out survey forms or offer gifts and rewards. These should be ignored and deleted immediately.
  • Virus protection software and operating system versions should be updated and patched so that fake pages and unseen threats can be detected.

The holiday season is a time to celebrate and rejoice. It is also the season for hasty last-minute gift purchases. Unfortunately, it also happens to be the time when the holiday spirit is exploited to create schemes that play on human behavior and emotions. It always helps to be aware and to understand the implications of being caught in the holiday season fake online schemes and ploy snares. Remember, if the offer seems too good to be true, it often is.

Quick Heal sends out hearty season greetings and wishes everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year. We hope you remain protected against malware and phishing attacks and enjoy this festive period without any security threats to worry about.

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Rahul Thadani
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Rahul is a web enthusiast and blogger, and has been writing about the computer security industry for the last three years. Following the latest technology trends,...
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  1. Nice piece of information. Great.

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  2. subramanian ravinderDecember 26, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    very informative. thanq

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  3. Col CR JayawantDecember 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Thanks for the information. Are there any tools you have developed which prevent/warn about websites inject malware in the form of drive-by downloads as soon as a user visits the website. I will share this information.

    I am user of your AV for last 5 years.

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    • Hi Col. CR Jayawant,
      Yes, our products do warn users about drive-by downloads and also block them when they occur. Thank you for being our valued and loyal customer for many years. We hope you are pleased with the products and services.
      Regards.

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  4. MOHIT SHASTRIDecember 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    THANK YOU FOR NEWS .

    QUICK HEAL IS WORLD MOST TRUSTABLE AND BEST SECURITY.

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  5. GOOD FOR COMPUTER

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  6. Quite informative and helpful.

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  7. Vibhuti Narayan SinghDecember 26, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Dear Sir,
    Fully satisfied with your QH Total Security but unable to understand, why not you give some attractive but extra ordinary discount offer for Recharging Quick Heal Total Security (Yearly Activation) ?

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  8. Thanks for alerting and updating Rahul

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  9. Shantanu DevDecember 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Sir,

    Thanks very much for this usefull piece of advice and info.I hope everyone will be benifited with this. A very Happy X-Mas and Happy New Year to you and your team. Looking for safe web browsing experience with your support.
    SHANTANU DEV

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  10. thank u for information…………..

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  12. Bhargav ReddyDecember 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Quick Heal is the best anti virus..But prices of quick heal are too higher than other anti virus products…this is the only sad thing..

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  13. THANK YOU FOR NEWS .

    QUICK HEAL IS WORLD MOST TRUSTABLE AND BEST SECURITY

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  14. Can you tell me how to install Quick Heal Mobile Security for Android Samsung Galaxy Y Young.Please help me.

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  15. thanxxx

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  16. Dear Quick heal,

    Thank you for your information,
    I’m using QH for last 4 Or 5 year,
    And it is very good for internet security,
    Can you please tell me that will this AV protect me from phishing ?

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    • Hi Yash,
      Yes you are safe from phishing threats thanks to Quick Heal. Webpages with fake security certificates and false information are flagged by Quick Heal to inform the user.
      Regards.

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  17. LEEPAK KUMAR SAHOODecember 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    QH HAVING A FULL FLEDGE,VIGIL ANTIVIRUS FEATURES.KEEP IT UP.

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