I get a fair number of press releases sent to SuperGeekery pushing products. I don’t mention them very often though simply because this is my labor of love, not just my labor.
I received one today from F-Secure with their prediction of the most likely searched terms for cyber scams for holiday shoppers. I think it’s a pretty smart move on their part and a smart thing for people who shop online to be aware of. As I write this, it’s just a few days before the start of the holiday shopping season for 2009. The economy sucks but people will still want to buy gifts. To save money, many will turn to the Internet and the cyber bad guys will be waiting.
So, without further build up, here the list of terms that F-Secure predicts the bad guys will try to lure you in with:
- The popular video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Merchandise related to the Michael Jackson film This Is It
- The Flip UltraHD Camcorder
- Apple’s iPod
- Nintendo’s Wii
- Playskool’s Chuck My Talking Truck
If you’re entering any of these into search engines this season, be especially skeptical of the links you click. If you’re feeling uncomfortable about buying that Wii for $25, just shut your browser window.
F-Secure has a page that gives a decent overview of what to look out for when shopping online or just simply searching. You can visit it here. Be warned. They’re trying to sell you their software which I have not used. The article’s got some good advice though.
The most important bit of info is this, which I’ll quote directly from that article. “You should also rely on ecommerce sites you trust and use the search inside the site for more reliable results.”
Remember when shopping online, if it’s too good to be true. It’s probably too good to be true. Be safe out there.