Stopping cyber-thieves this Christmas

With holiday shopping season underway and millions of consumers making full use of the online marketplace the sceptre of internet pickpockets is never too far behind.

With holiday shopping season underway and millions of consumers making full use of the online marketplace the sceptre of falling victims to internet pickpockets is never too far behind.

Yuletide cheer in the US is predicated by the ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ sales and by all accounts things are off to a great start.

Online sales jumped 26 per cent on Black Friday to $US1.04 billion from sales of $US816 million on the corresponding day last year, according to comScore data. Meanwhile, up to 40 per cent of US shoppers are expected to participate in Cyber Monday and the tidal wave of personal and credit card information adds up to rich pickings for cyber-criminals.

This infographic from Identity Insight spells out the dangers out there and tips to making sure that there are no unfortunate break-ins.