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November 15, 2012

McAfee warns consumers of the '12 Scams of Christmas'

Susceptibility rises as most consumers plan to shop online during the 2012 holiday season

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According to a global study commissioned by MSI International and McAfee, consumers place an average value of $37,438 on the “digital assets” they own across multiple digital devices, yet more than a third lack protection across all of those devices.

“Using multiple devices provides the bad guys with more ways to access your valuable 'Digital Assets,' such as personal information and files, especially if the devices are under-protected,” said Paula Greve, director at McAfee Labs. “One of the best ways for consumers to protect themselves is to learn about the criminals’ tricks, so they can avoid them. Beyond that they should have the latest updates of the applications on their devices in order to enjoy a safe online buying or other experience. We don’t want consumers to be haunted by the scams of holidays past, present and future -- they can’t afford to leave the door open to cyber-grinches during the busy holiday season.”

Story provided by ConsumerAffairs.

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