Preventing Cyber Crime

Preventing Cyber Crime

Cyber crime, or computer crime, is one of the unfortunate side-effects of the worldwide technological revolution which means that now nearly everyone in the world has easy access to a computer, or computerised devices of some kind. The Internet now pervades every sector of society, such as business, entertainment, sports, media and medical services, which means that cyber-criminals can target information owned by governments, corporations or individuals. These cyber attacks are always committed in virtual form ad they can easily be carried out from a remote distance in a matter of moments. Due to the advances in technology these criminals can easily hide their identities both physically and virtually and so it can often be very difficult to trace and bring them to justice.

Cyber crime is classed under the following categories:

  • Hacking
  • Copyright violation
  • Cyber stalking
  • Phishing
  • Child abuse (i.e.grooming children via the Internet for illegal relationships or pornographic purposes)
  • Malicious software (malware).

Preventative Measures For Your Cyber Security

Although these types of crime are often very difficult to tackle, there are certain measures one can take to reduce the likelihood of being a victim. Such as:

  1. Have A Strong Password: Always use different IDs/passwords for different accounts and never write your password down and leave it lying around anywhere where others can find it. Change your password regularly and make sure that the device you are using is secured and protected.
  2. Protect Your Personal Information: Take care when giving any personal identifying information over the Internet, such as your name, address, bank account details, etc. Always use a secure website for any online transactions.
  3. Sensible Social Networking: Use social media websites cautiously, i.e. by being careful of what you post there, as once it goes live on the Internet it is there forever! Make sure your settings give you enough privacy so that not just anyone can access your details.
  4. Be Hyper-vigilant and Avoid Scams: Think it over very carefully before you click on any link which asks you for personal information. Verify the source and never reply to any fraudulent emails.

If you come across any illegal content online or you suspect it may be fraudulent, don’t hesitate to report it to the police and if you need to secure your device or system, consult a computer professional. Always better safe than sorry!

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