F-Secure Drops Wet Malware Blanket on Top of Hot Holiday Gift Ideas

Paul Lilly

This the time of year when everyone starts compiling lists of the best and worst holiday gift ideas, what with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the holiday shopping season all on the horizon. Security firm F-Secure put together its own list, but rather than swing one or the other, the protective folks at F-Secure meshed them all into a single "Top Ten Most 'Dangerous' Holiday Gifts for Cyber Monday 2011."

F-Secure's top ten list is filled with desirable gift ideas, and that's precisely why they're all targets for malware with potentially "poisoned" search results.

"Google search results for products often include links to 'poisoned' sites, or malicious websites that can infect an unsecured computer with viruses, worms and other malware, putting one's personal and financial information at risk," F-Secure said in a statement . "The more popular an item is, the more likely it will attract a dangerous search result, which could lead to malware or an unreliable merchant."

F-Secure's top ten list of search items it expects to be targeted the most include:

  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 DVD
  3. Angry Birds: Knock on Wood Game
  4. Steve Jobs biography
  5. Fijit Friends Willa Interactive Toy
  6. Michael Buble 'Christmas' Album
  7. Apple iPad 2
  8. Kindle Fire tablet
  9. Silver 'Heart' pendants
  10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Common sense computing habits apply now and year round. To reiterate what those are, F-Secure recommends visiting retailers' sites directly whenever possible, using security software that includes browsing protection, and double-checking a site's URL before making a purchase.

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