Barclays has partnered with digital security specialist Kaspersky to encourage online shoppers in the UK to pay greater attention to their internet security.
Our research has shown that internet shoppers will be faced with a high level of threat to their personal and financial information as they hit the online stores this Christmas.Alex Grant, Managing Director, Fraud Prevention at Barclays
In the last year, four million UK shoppers have been victims of online fraud, losing a total of £1.5bn. To help reduce this, Barclays customers are being offered free access to Kaspersky’s suite of products that keep financial information safe and have created a range of tools and advice working with Getsafeonline.org.
Alex Grant, Managing Director, Fraud Prevention at Barclays, said: "As the number of people shopping online is set to peak this Monday (2 December) - with 33.6 million of us planning to do our shopping on the web this Christmas - cyber-criminals will have a field day if precautions aren't taken. Our research has shown that internet shoppers will be faced with a high level of threat to their personal and financial information as they hit the online stores this Christmas."
Despite online shopping becoming part of the fabric of life in the UK, a recent survey showed there are still large numbers of consumers who have a naïve attitude to the risk of fraud with over a quarter admitting that they don't take the precautionary measure to protect their finances online.
The top tips on how to protect yourself whilst shopping online this festive season are:
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