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Online fears don't deter Xmas shoppers

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/12/2016
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Concerns about having credit card or personal details stolen will not deter around 40 per cent of Kiwis doing their shopping online this Christmas.

Research from cybersecurity firm Norton reveals despite arise in online scammers becoming more adept, Kiwis aren't doing much to protect themselves.

"While New Zealanders are concerned about security when they shop online, some Kiwis are still choosing to not act on these concerns and putting themselves at risk of identity theft and credit card fraud," said Norton's Mark Gorrie.

The survey of 500 New Zealanders revealed a fifth found online shopping stressful because of cybercrime worries, but more than a third failed to check on a website's security.

Having credit card details stolen topped the concerns and up to a quarter may have been victims of credit card fraud as a result of online shopping.

Many smartphone shoppers were also not smart with their security with more than half using unprotected devices.

The results come after the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment this week warned Kiwis to be careful when shopping online and encouraged people to do their homework.

Norton's online shopping safety tips:

* If it is too good to be true, it probably is

* Beware of fake website links - don't click on links in an email that appear to come from your favourite online store

* Be careful with passwords

* Make sure online payments are secure

* Set up an email account specifically to deal with online shopping, and nothing else

* Always check your credit card statements to look out for unexpected transactions

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