Online shoppers must beware of data security this holiday season

Online shoppers must beware of data security this holiday season

More shoppers will be purchasing gifts online and with mobile devices this holiday season, but consumers must beware of data security threats and internet scams.

A leading internet security company recently released a list of 12 scams shoppers should beware of this holiday season, including malware targeting mobile devices, fake Facebook promotions, phishing scams and phony online coupons.

"Cybercriminals rub their hands with glee when they think of the holidays," said internet security expert Gary Davis. "Consumers are making travel plans, shopping for gifts and bargains, updating Facebook and connecting with friends. However, the vast majority have no security protection for their smartphones or tablets, despite using them heavily during the holiday season."

According to a recent Deloitte survey, 48 percent of consumers plan to shop online this year, a 13 percent increase from the study last year. Additionally, 27 percent of respondents said they will use their smartphone for purchasing.

With more shoppers online and utilizing mobile devices this holiday season, it's critical consumers understand the importance of data security, as cybercriminals are increasingly using customer information for identity theft.