Tablets are a hot gift this season, but the big names - iPad, Galaxy, Nexus - will set you back $400 or more. So, if you're in the store and you see a tablet for just $50, it's going to be tempting to buy it.
Before you buy, however, there's something you need to know about security. Lots of the really cheap Android tablets you'll find on Amazon or at Best Buy, Kmart, Staples, Walmart and other similar stores might have serious security holes, according to security company Bluebox.
The $50 Zeki tablet at Kohl's, for example, hasn't been updated to fix four major Android security flaws, plus it has a pre-installed back door that gets around security. It also doesn't include Google Play, which means you have to find apps on questionable third-party sites.
Other tablets like the Mach Speed JLab Pro-7 at Staples and the Mach Speed Xtreme from Kmart had important security features turned off by the manufacturer. The big one is the setting that lets you install untrusted apps - you can find it at Settings>>Security>>Unknown Apps.
Some tablets even come with a manufacturer-modified version of Angry Birds, which could contain malware or anything else someone felt like putting in there.