Hackers Are Learning That They Can Use Fake Coupons To Lure People Onto Their Sites

As we all know the global economy has been bad for a couple of years now. It is affecting everyone at this point and it seems like it is going to be affecting everyone for a little bit longer. When the economy is in bad shape like this there are only two things that you can do. You can both bury your head in the sand and just accept what is coming or you can do something about it. You can find ways where you can still live the lifestyle that you are accustomed to. You can do that by making more money in some manner or you can do that by starting to save on the items that you do spend money on.

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Option number two is what most people are doing these days. For the average person it is hard for them to make money without working all kinds of crazy hours. So they do the next best thing and they try to save on the money that they do make. This means that they will either cut back on what they are spending, buying cheaper versions of the items that they do buy, or they will use coupons to get the items that they usually buy at a cheaper price. And again the last option is one that we see that is the most popular.

When you get used to buying an item that you like, it is hard to give it up just because you do not have the money for it. So instead you try to find a way to get around the money setback and try to get the item at a cheaper price. You usually do that with coupons. There is a whole coupon culture that is starting to develop. So much so that you are starting to see television shows that are based on the whole concept of people using coupons in extreme ways.

The bad guys on the internet have also picked up on this phenomenon as well. And they are starting to use it to get what they want. Just like you are trying to save money by using the coupons to purchase items, the bad guys are trying to use coupons to take money from you.

The black hat hackers of the world are using fake coupon sites to try and take money from you. They have found that coupon based web sites are getting a lot of traffic these days and they are taking advantage of that fact. They have built up coupon based websites that also have other little surprises in them. These sites have either little programs that say they have more information about certain coupons but instead they put malicious software in your computer. Or they put the malicious software on the site itself and just by surfing the website your computer can become infected. It does not take much for something like this to happen and as long as we see people out there looking for deals we are going to see more and more attacks like this happen.

The internet is a great place to look for deals. it does not matter if the item that you are looking for is online or offline, there is a good chance that you will find a good deal on the internet. You just have to make sure that the websites that you are going to are legitimate. You have to be aware that there are a lot of fake websites out there looking to steal from you as well.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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