When you hear “cybercrime,” what comes to mind? Do you picture a hacker in a basement, searching for their next cyber victim? Do you think of those weird, sketchy emails that sometimes appear in your inbox?
Cybercrime is a common issue across the globe. Let’s discuss what it is, what it may look like, and precautions you can take to avoid it.
What is cybercrime?
Cybercrime is an unlawful action against any person using a computer, its systems, and its applications, and it occurs when information technology is used to commit or cover an offense.
Some examples of cybercrime include but are not limited to:
- Manipulating computer networks
- Accessing or modifying data without authorization
- Stealing any kind of intellectual property, such as software, passwords, sensitive information, etc.
- Spying on, accessing, or stealing computer materials
- Creating and spreading computer viruses or malware
- Digitally distributing inappropriate and explicit content
- Phishing or “setting bait” by using fraudulent messages and emails
These are only a few! As technology continues to advance, so do cybercriminals. They are constantly trying to find new ways to commit cybercrime and steal your sensitive information.
Unfortunately, cybercrime can’t be fully prevented, but there are some necessary precautions you should take to deter cybercriminals. Those precautions include:
- Limiting the amount of personal information you share online
- Keeping software applications and operating systems up-to-date
- Creating strong passwords for different websites and platforms. Consider using a password management system such as LastPass.
- Watching for suspicious activity and thinking before you click
- Using a secure internet connection and network
- Not sharing passwords with others or writing them down
- Using firewalls to block threats
- Backing up your files regularly
Keep in mind that hackers will try to take advantage of you, whether it’s a fraudulent email or a sketchy phone call. Don’t ever give any kind of personal information out to people you are unsure about.
Learn more about how TeamLogic IT can help you with this.