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One in 10 holiday shoppers will face fraudulent Internet attacks this year

Just like pickpockets heading for busy shopping malls during the holiday season, online fraudsters are gearing up for the massive increase in consumer online shopping.

One in 10 holiday shoppers can expect some form of Spyware, Adware, or other Internet attack as they conduct transactions on the web, according to Michael Greene from Security outfit, PC Tools, who added dangerous spyware and rootkits are on the rise.

Many consumers are simply not aware that surfing the web can cause problems leading to identity theft or computer lock up. Holiday shopping is the perfect scenario for hackers who use spyware and keyloggers and phishing techniques to cull passwords and sensitive information from users.

Greene advises shoppers to use caution when going to new Internet sites to make purchases. Consumers should look for labels indicating transactions are protected.

He also said users should make purchases from trusted providers. Shoppers should also never provide personal information in response to an email request.

Last year online shoppers spent nearly $10 billion during the holiday season - 24 percent over the previous year.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.