Cybercrime is any crime that takes place online or primarily online. Cybercriminals often commit crimes by targeting computer networks or devices. Cybercrime can range from security breaches to identity theft. Other cybercrimes include things like cyber-stalking, harassment, bullying, and child sexual exploitation. Terrorists collaborate on the internet, moving terrorist activities and crimes into cyberspace.
How to protect yourself against cybercrime
Anyone using the internet should exercise some basic precautions. Here are 6 tips you can use to help protect yourself against the range of cybercrimes out there.
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2. Use strong passwords - Don’t repeat your passwords on different sites and change your passwords regularly. Make them complex. That means using a combination of at least 10 letters, numbers, and symbols. A password management application can help you to keep your passwords locked down.
3. Keep your software updated - This is especially important with your operating systems and internet security software. Cybercriminals frequently use known exploits, or flaws, in your software to gain access to your system. Patching those exploits and flaws can make it less likely that you’ll become a cybercrime target. Titan Microsystems offers Windows Patch Management solutions which drastically help minimize the threat! Let’s secure your infrastructure as much as possible!
4. Manage your social media settings - Keep your personal and private information locked down. Social engineering cybercriminals can often get your personal information with just a few data points, so the less you share publicly, the better. For instance, if you post your pet’s name or reveal your mother’s maiden name, you might expose the answers to two common security questions.
5. Strengthen your home network - It’s a good idea to start with a strong encryption password as well as a virtual private network. A VPN will encrypt all traffic leaving your devices until it arrives at its destination. If cybercriminals do manage to hack your communication line, they won’t intercept anything but encrypted data.
6. Talk to your children about the internet - You can teach your kids about acceptable use of the internet without shutting down communication channels. Make sure they know that they can come to you if they’re experiencing any kind of online harassment, stalking, or bullying.