Halloween_scamsHalloween is rapidly approaching and it’s looking spooky! Holidays are prime opportunities for criminals of all kinds. Not only do you need to keep your children safe while trick-or-treating, but also from online threats and cyber criminals.

 

 

If you’re anything like Winston, you can’t decide what to dress up as and shop around online for your costume. But are you educated on the scams you need to avoid? If not, you better stick to actual Halloween warehouse shops. Fake costume shops are rampant, and you could end up being charged for a costume you’ll never receive, with little chance of a refund. To be sure you’re buying from a reputable site, make sure the payment and/or sign-in section(s) of the site is/are secure – their URLs should start with “https and have a small lock icon next to it.

Keep an eye out for pop-ups or sites that contain a lot of click-throughs to get to the actual content you are looking for. One such scam has ghoulishly appeared this year promising “free Halloween skeleton templates”. In actuality you’ll be redirected to a page with videos of naked celebrities and you’ll end up with a computer infected with malware.

With all these scary ghosts lingering on the web this Halloween, it’s a bit like navigating a Haunted House. Make sure you’ve got BullGuard Internet Security downloaded on your computer and keep it up to date. Don’t become a victim of a holiday-themed malware scam.

Check out Sir Winston‘s poll on Facebook for what he should dress up as this year!

avatarWritten by Kirsten Dunlaevy (197 Posts)

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.


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