Christmas Time is 'Phishing Time' for Online Criminals, Warns TrustDefender

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The festive season is a time when online criminals get themselves into a frenzy. While the current perception is that online fraud happens via phishing emails that appear in an inbox and appear to be from your bank and other perceived 'reputable' sites, this is only the bait. Today, the growth in online fraud can now be attributed to the more highly sophisticated trojans and viruses, even rootkits operating on computers, that you will never detect with the current crop of browser based phishing filters or even anti-virus or anti-spyware tools.

This means that Christmas time is the time for consumers to protect themselves from 'online sharks'. With so many online transactions taking place in the weeks leading up to Christmas, online criminals are embarking on their busiest 'phishing' period, with many big, profitable 'catches' to be had online.

In the festive season, more so than at any other time of year, people conducting transactions online should be both aware of and protected against malicious online criminals and fraudulent activities.

"The festive season is a time when online criminals get themselves into a frenzy. While the current perception is that online fraud happens via phishing emails that appear in your inbox and appear to be from your bank and other perceived 'reputable' sites, this is only the bait. Today, the growth in online fraud can now be attributed to the more highly sophisticated trojans and viruses, even rootkits operating on computers, that you will never detect with the current crop of browser based phishing filters or even your anti-virus or anti-spyware tools. You will need to really look hard to even detect them hiding within your computer programs," said Ted Egan, Co-founder and Director of TrustDefender.

"The issue here is to detect the unknown and potentially malicious software or applications residing on your computer and isolate them before you carry out your online transactions. Heuristic scanning methods in today's anti-virus programs are not picking up the most sophisticated hidden trojans and viruses, whereas the phishing and Pharming filters seemed to have failed most tests. There is simply not enough time to build up enough user feedback on blacklists to protect against these sites before they disappear into the ether. Our software has been developed to complement current Anti-Virus and online security Vendors and succeed in the areas in which they fail to identify unknown crime-ware," he added.

Recently released to the market, TrustDefender Gold is a solution designed to secure consumer and business confidential data in online transactions. The software protects users' confidential information from the prying eyes of Trojans that can access home and corporate computers and steal online banking details.

A recent study on anti-phishing browser toolbars by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA which was backed by the US National Science Federation and the US Army Research Office identified that not one of the anti-phishing toolbars on the market is able to detect and prevent access 100% of the time to fraudulent sites, concluding, "Overall, we found that the anti-phishing toolbars that were examined in this study left a lot to be desired. Many of the toolbars we tested were vulnerable to some simple exploits as well."

TrustDefender Gold is set apart from other security products that employ the general blacklist and heuristics approach to protect against Trojans, Worms, Viruses, Spyware and Rootkits. The ever increasing sophistication of these 'online predators' is proving, time and time again, to be too much for all other security products on the market, with the exception of TrustDefender.

TrustDefender Gold is not a browser-based plug-in, rather it functions totally independently of browsers, so it can't be hacked. It uses minimal resources on the user's PC and resides in the background to protect against any unwanted attempts to access the users' confidential data. When a user logs in to a website, TrustDefender Gold steps in to ensure that the website being accessed is real and reputable.

As iTWire journalist Alex Zaharov-Reutt recently reported, "TrustDefender is the only program I know that can help you determine, with certainty, whether the site you are visiting really is the one you intended to visit…it is (now) an excellent security product that blows away the competition from Symantec, McAfee and others who purport to have similar types of products, but ones which have been demonstrated to simply not be anywhere near as effective as TrustDefender…Software like TrustDefender is software whose time has definitely come!"

TrustDefender is designed to protect the user at the most vulnerable time - when they are banking or shopping online and submit their identity, passwords, account numbers or other personal and confidential information to a website interface.

With TrustDefender Free Edition and the more advanced TrustDefender Gold Edition on the market, there's no longer any excuse for Internet users to risk playing into the hands of online criminals.

This Christmas make sure the only gifts you give are to those people you know - don't add to the Christmas booty of online criminals.

Try TrustDefender today

TrustDefender is available free of charge for users to install and use. Simply access http://www.trustdefender.com.

About TrustDefender:

TrustDefender is the leading provider of 'On Demand Endpoint Security Solutions' to safeguard online business transactions. With its GAP protection, TrustDefender is able to guarantee the authenticity of a website. The secure lockdown, safe & secure mode, two factor authentication and the TrustedSurfing database complete the holistic security solution.

The secure policy engine allows online businesses to educate and enforce compliance of a home user's PC to their security policies. TrustDefender is the world's first security solution for online businesses to integrate the home user's PC into the overall security solution.

TrustDefender was founded in 2005 and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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Kerryn Nelson

Managing Director

Big Mouth Marketing Communications P/L

Ph: +61 3 9558 3122

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