Ways to prevent cyber crime: how to avoid becoming a victim

April 13, 2020  |  Jake Lester

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Description: Do you want to avoid cybercrime? Online identity theft and fraud, webcam hackers, ransomware cyber-attacks, phishing, and other scams are a threat to all of us. Keep reading to protect your data and privacy and save your files and finances from fraudsters.

How to avoid cybercrime  

The cyber definition relates to the field of digital technology, and today is often associated with cybercrime. You might say that it doesn’t matter to you as you’re not a big cheese in the business world. Big mistake - since all individuals save data on their computers that is potentially profitable for scammers.

Unfortunately, plenty of people are reckless when dealing with cybercrime. For example, up to 73% of users reuse passwords in their online accounts. The following tips can protect you from cybercrime.

Cybercrime – types of threats

A definition of cybersecurity is the integrated protection of internet-connected systems – hardware, software, and data from attacks. What are the types of cyber-attacks that lie in our virtual path?

  •  Webcam cybercrime means that scammers can hack web cameras to spy on you when using Trojan horse attacks.
  •  Screenshot managers do cybercrime when they make a snapshot of your PC when you click a doubtful link or download a file from a suspicious source.
  • Cybercrime occurs when the ad clickers display ads and motivate you to click them, for example, when you are reading gadgets and electronic reviews and let end up with malware instead 
  • DDoS attacks were developed to disrupt business/e-commerce websites to by directing tons of traffic from numerous sources, and disrupt business operations.

There are plenty of other attacks in the modern web world. For example, online identity cybercrime means that a hacker gets unauthorized access to your personal data. It can happen if you provide somebody with private information when communicating with a scammer via email or by the phone. Fraudsters can even deliver you (or themselves) a credit card that you’ve never applied for.

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5 tips to stay safe online

Cybercrime is an everyday danger, and sometimes cyber police are unable to help. So, it’s arguably easier to prevent cybercrime than to deal with the consequences. How to achieve that?

  1. Install a current antivirus system and accept updates when getting official notifications/
  2. Never use the same passwords on several websites. Try to complicate them with symbols and numbers. Don’t choose your name or date of birth for a password.
  3. Cyber-attacks today are not a joke, so you should strengthen your security system with a firewall to protect yourself from unwanted traffic.
  4. Pay attention to the web camera LED indicators (they’re red on external devices and blue on laptops).
  5. Be cautious with strangers. Don’t talk to them online and don’t accept offline tech help if you’re not sure it’s credible. A stranger from an unknown company can offer you computer support and then do cybercrime and spy on you remotely.

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