Most of you might have heard this word before on the news or your facebook news feed. But only few people are actually familiar with this term. If you search the word Cybercrime on google. You may get this result,
But I suppose that this isn’t enough to understand the true meaning of Cybercrime and what can you do to prevent yourself from a cyber attack.
In order to understand the whole thing, let’s start with the definition of Cybercrime.
What is Cybercrime?
According to the Wikipedia –
Cybercrime, or computer-oriented crime, is crime that involves a computer and a network. The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target. Cybercrime can be defined as: “Offences that are committed against individuals or groups of individuals with a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm, or loss, to the victim directly or indirectly, using modern telecommunication networks such as Internet (networks including but not limited to Chat rooms, emails, notice boards and groups) and mobile phones.
According to the study, 1 in 5 Americans has been the victim of cybercrime. As our technology is touching peaks, making our lives easier and connected, cyber criminals are inventing more sophisticated tools and techniques to exploit technology for their financial benefit.
Some cyber attacks are meant to damage PCs and devices, while others utilize PCs or networks to spread malware, unlawful data, pictures or other illegal stuff like Drugs and Weapons.
A primary reason for cybercrime always links to illegal ways to earning money (easy money), and it includes many different types of cyber assaults, including ransomware attacks, email and internet fraud and identity fraud, attempts to steal financial account like credit card or other payment card information.
Cybercriminals use a number of strategies to do cyber attacks and are continuously developing new traps, tools and techniques for achieving their illegal goals, while avoiding detection, prosecution and law suits.
Some common types of attacks used by cybercriminals have been revealed which includes DDos attacks, phishing, identity theft, credentials attacks, SQL injection, Cyber extortion, Crypto jacking and the list goes on.
I guess we all remember back in 2017, when the Cybersecurity wizard John McAfee’s Twitter and phone was hacked by cybercriminals to promote some unknown cryptocurrencies.
It’s funny how those people are still roaming free in the world and nobody did anything about it. I guess they were smart enough to beat the world class security of Mr. McAfee and just disappeared like smoke in the air after that incident.
From above we concluded that no country, industry, community, or a person is fully immune to cyber assaults. We all have a role to play in stopping cybercrime. So, Let’s have a look on some tips to reduce the chances of getting attacked online and prevent yourself from happening it to you.
“Prevention is better than cure” – Some wise man.
Top 10 Proven Tips To Protect Yourself Against Cybercrime
Keep Your OS Updated –
The first and the easiest thing you can do is always keep your operating system and browser updated. Old or outdated software is easy to exploit for hackers and churn your information out of it.
Use Strong Passwords –
It takes nothing may be a few more 10 seconds to create a strong and unique password. Cybercriminals exploit your software by brute force attack or guessing your password. That’s the first thing they do. You can use a password like de0Br4h@610# instead of deobrah123. Change your passwords more frequently.
Protect Your Computer –
Only open attachments or click on links in emails from trusted sources i.e, Avoid opening links of lotteries, prizes, gifts, discounts. Always keep in mind that free apps can hide viruses or spam. Which can be used to install exploit on your device. If you find anything suspicious report to the Federal Trade Commission.
Use an Updated Antivirus –
Your Antivirus has to update more often to protect you from current threats in the internet market. Keep in mind that new threats emerge daily. Allow your antivirus to automatically update both the core program and it’s virus definitions. McAfee Antivirus is very much suggested to protect you from lot of online risks, including Phishing, Identity theft, Internet security and much more. Read More about McAfee Internet security on mcafee.com/activate
Use Firewall For Your Internet Connection –
A firewall is a barrier to protect your PC or other devices from the malware dangers that exist on the Internet. It’s easy to setup and nowadays almost every device comes with inbuilt firewall ready to be activated. You can buy third-party firewall software from any trusted brand if you like.
Download From Trusted Sources –
Software from non-authentic sources may be modified by hackers to steal your data. Always avoid downloading software from untrusted sources like torrent.
Use On-Screen Keyboard on Internet –
Attackers can use keylogger software to capture your personal information like passwords and banking credentials, which they can use to wipe out your bank balance or ransom.
Be Sure Of The HTTP & HTTPS –
HTTPS (HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure) is a protocol for browsing internet that uses encryption and is more secure than HTTP. So, Always be sure that sites you use for email and financial payments contain https:// rather than http://.
Avoid Logging in From Public Computers –
Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve got no choice but to use a computer at the library or your local cyber cafe. I’m not saying to avoid it completely, but try not to do it frequently. Never leave that computer out of your hands before wiping your browsing history and cache cookies as well if it’s not too hard for you.
Always Have a Backup –
In case if anything goes wrong, having a backup of your files will restore and set everything back to normal in no time. It is advised the backup files should be kept separate from your computer. You could make use of removable hard disk or cloud storage.
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Blackbeard‘s real name is Alan Turing. He’s the Industry Marketing Manager at ComGix, and was the former Head of Conversion Marketing at Solduko. He’s an expert in inbound marketing and seo. Besides that he’s an author of www.mcafee.com/activate and ComGix. His creative writing about technology and seo is eye opening to those who want to learn about technology.