Watch Out for Cybercriminals this Holiday Season

By: WILX NEWS 10
By: WILX NEWS 10

Believe it or not, police say the number 1 way to protect information on your mobile device this holiday season, is to simply lock it by activating a passcode or pattern lock.  Detectives say many people store information in their devices that can be stolen, everything from credit card numbers, to pin numbers, passwords, and account numbers.

Put your holiday guard up. 'Tis the season for thieves to follow the money. This year, experts say more of that money will be spent online, as shoppers look for a good deal using mobile devices like cell phones and tablets.

Experts say cybercriminals are trying to take advantage of your holiday spirit, by luring you to bad weblinks through e-mail, social media, and search engines. These phony websites are designed to grab your money, and your personal information.

Michigan State Police say the best protection is “cyber vigilance.” That means be leery of sales pitches that come to you through social media, from people or followers you don't know. When do you shop online, visit sites you already know. If you're not sure, make a phone call to verify you're shopping on the retailer's real website. Experts say some scammers have set up sites that actually look like the real deal. To make sure you're on a secure website, look for an "s" after the "http" in the address. That’s a sign the data on the site is encrypted, and your personal information is too.

Police say crooks are also designing more and more viruses to attack cell phones. These viruses look like an app, but actually access information from your phone. Experts say before you download any app, do some research. Also, consider putting anti-virus software on your phone.

Believe it or not, police say the number 1 way to protect information on your mobile device this holiday season, is to simply lock it by activating a passcode or pattern lock. Detectives say many people store information in their devices that can be stolen, everything from credit card numbers, to pin numbers, passwords, and account numbers.


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