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Welcome back from Thanksgiving--it's Cyber Monday! Holiday Scams,
by Rona and Hans,posted Nov 26 2012 8:13AM
So I hear we may get snow. According to our buds at Accuweather, it's probably going to happen tonight or in the overnight. Golden!
As you well know, today is Cyber Monday. That means that there are terrific deals online for shoppers. Beware if you plan on using your work computer to do the deed...
Using the internet to knock items off the holiday shopping list is likely to continue to be the trend. According to CareerBuilder’s “Cyber Monday” internet usage study, 49% of workers expect to spend some time in the office this holiday season shopping online, on par with past years. More than a quarter of workers planned to shop from work either on Black Friday (12%) or Cyber Monday (16%). Shopping from the office is most common in the weeks leading up to December 25th, with 30% saying they’re most likely to shop from work after December 7th. The study also revealed that a higher percentage of women (43%) have shopped online while at the office compared to men (36%). While most companies have an official internet use policy for their employees, workers often go online for non-work related reasons. Other findings:
25% of employers have fired someone for using the internet for non-work related activity.
7% of hiring managers have fired an employee for holiday shopping at work.
53% of employers block employees from accessing certain websites.
11% of hiring managers have fired an employee for something they posted on social media.
30% of employers monitor their employees’ email use.
11% of hiring managers have fired someone for sending non-work related emails.
Now that we are in the full swing of Holiday Season, officially, there are some scams that are out there I wanted to let you know about. Check this out...
‘Tis the season for online scammers. One security company is warning about ways people can be ripped off during the holidays. According to McAfee, a growing number of people are using mobile devices to shop. Among the scams to be aware of are those that require you to click on links, especially through social media sites. McAfee warns many scammers use Twitter and Facebook to lure people into clicking through on contests or fan pages that advertise hot selling items or discounts on popular products. Those links may actually be ways of installing malware on your mobile device and swiping your personal info. A survey for McAfee by Harris Interactive revealed:
1 in 4 Americans plan to shop online this Holiday season via smartphones and tablets.
13% of all Americans will use an app this holiday season to research or purchase holiday gifts.
Among those planning on using mobile devices to purchase gifts this holiday season, 54% expect to use apps for shopping and/or banking during that time.
87% of American smartphone and/or tablet owners are concerned that their personal information could be stolen while using an app on such devices, but say they’ll do it anyway.