Unlike Black Friday, Cyber Monday doesn’t force me to camp in line somewhere for five bucks off a VCR. The convenience of online shopping, however, can Cybermonday-smallercome at a price. Hackers are just salivating on the sidelines waiting to steal secure information, or infect your PC with a virus.

Avoiding Scams & Viruses

We’ve gathered some great tips to help you avoid the risk when online:

  • Pay with a credit card. Under federal law, unauthorized charges can be disputed.
  • Next time, try cash. How? On certain models, the DVD drive will double as a motorized bill feeder. (This is a joke. I cannot be held responsible when your computer starts coughing out quarters.)
  • Change your passwords often. Do not use the same password repeatedly. Use STRONG passwords.
  • Always update your security software. These updates protect you from new strains of malware.
  • Don’t download illegal files. Don’t click on fake downloads. Don’t open weird emails. Don’t eat dog biscuits. Ok?
  • If you encounter a suspicious window pop-up, sometimes you can use the ‘ALT + F4″ keyboard shortcut to close your browser– Most of the time, clicking on the window can be harmful, because usually “Yes” means “Yes”, the “Close” means “Yes”, and “NO” means “Yes” – you can’t win once the Window is open.
  • Avoid Googling “Jimmy Kimmel”. Yes, we’re serious. According to McAfee, he is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online – upping your odds to a 19% chance of being rerouted to a malicious site.
  • The next most “dangerous” celebrity searches are Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, in case you were curious.


Wait a minute, either these hackers are behind the times on where to plant the bait, or McAfee has confused their findings with my sister’s Spotify account.

If you feel like your computer has been acting abnormal or slower than normal, contact CSi Network’s Help Desk today! We can help.