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The Growth and Risks of Online Shopping In 2014

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The Growth and Risks of Online Shopping In 2014

Each holiday season seems to bring with it a sense of consumer urgency to the millions of shoppers desperately looking to find presents for those they hold most dear. When once the season brought visions of parents building wagons for their children or friends knitting scarves to exchange, 2013 found the vast majority of gift givers setting their sights digitally for purchases.

While everyone can appreciate the ease armchair shopping and having an almost endless selection at your fingertips affords us, this shift towards online shopping also brings risk with its reward—specifically, record numbers of cyber-attack threats and phishing scams designed to steal credit card information and harm users.

With that in mind, see just how much the digital shopping landscape has grown and learn how thieves intend to try and make your New Year a little less happy.

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    SOURCE: Blue Coat Networks

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    Last Updated on December 18, 2020

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