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Beware of Scrooges

In many parts of the world, the holiday season is a time of joy and happiness. Sadly, though, many criminals and cranks take advantage of the season's spirit to prey on unsuspecting internet users.

Last year, we posted about Santa's own website being hacked shortly before Christmas. According to ZNet Asia, security vendor Trend Micro has warned of "a rise in malware, phishing Web sites and virus-infected e-cards attached to e-mail messages" during the holidays.

So, when shopping online from your PC (that, naturally, has all the latest OS and security software updates installed), be sure to use extra caution in the sites you visit, the links you click on, and the attachments you open.