Warning! (Royal) Wedding Crashers On The Prowl

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It’s a case of lock down your PC, rather than your daughters.

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But royal wedding crashers are on the loose.

The British royal event of the century, the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, will have the world eyes glued to both TV and online as audiences are expected to turn out in viral form for this highly anticipated event on April 29.  

And it is, according to Norton, the first e- royal wedding of this age with one fifth of Australians going online for updates and 7 percent watching the event live on a PC, in a survey by the computer security providers.

 And almost 90 per cent of Aussies said they are likely to tune in, aside from the estimated 2 billion that will be switching on to watch Kate and Will’s nuptials globally, according to estimates from the UK culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

However, viewers beware as it looks certain to attract cybercriminals looking to capitalise on the deluge of online activity, claims Norton.

Since March, security researchers at Norton have been tracking “malicious online activity such as spam designed to steal personal information” as well as links to harmful sites hidden in search engine results.

98 percent of Australians are unclear on what search poisoning is, and nearly one in 10 don’t have security software, says the security giant.  

It has released some tips to help them steer clear of cybercriminals:

 

·    Think before you click – Beware of emails or links that promise “leaked” footage, offer “scandalous” pictures, or purport to have “secret” information. Cybercriminals take advantage of sensational and shocking headlines to get you to click on links that could infect your computer

·    Go with what you know – While any site could potentially be risky, it’s best to avoid clicking on sites you’ve never heard of that show up in your search results. Stick to the official royal wedding website or go directly to reputable news sites to get the latest news and videos of the wedding

·    Protect your computer – Use trusted security software on your computer to block threats and make sure you’re keeping it up-to-date. Use  Norton Safe Web Lite and Norton Safe Web for Facebook – free, downloadable tools that identify risky sites before users click on them in search results and on their Facebook news feeds

And for those wishing to know more about cybercrime, hit the Black Market Experience at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

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