Cyber Crime – The Internet Cybercrime Threat
The internet is a genius invention and when it was first discovered many people got excited as they thought it would be a useful tool which will grow on the basis of trust. Trust that people would adhere to community standards and work together for the common good. The internet created many opportunities for people and businesses allowing them to share information that was impossible to access, communicate with others and bring many new products and services to consumer markets. However with these opportunities it has opened a new window of opportunity to criminals and invented the word “Cyber crime”
As more and more people are getting connected to the internet, the cyber crime rate is on the increase and many people are loosing confidence when it comes to using the internet. Cyber criminals are greedy creatures who are eager to exploit any weakness for their own gains. They will use any methods available to them to steal money and information from venerable internet users. Here are some common ones you see or hear about everyday:
- Steal information through spam messages that is received everyday in your e-mail inbox.
- Senseless vandalism of viruses which makes your computer and you go crazy.
- Spread of spyware which tracks your every move on the internet?
- Hijacking of web browser without the user knowing and then stealing information entered on web browser by the user.
- Annoying po-ups which turn your web browser into an unavoidable commercial.
Sensible ways to avoid online disasters
Many people who become a target of the cyber criminals are those who hesitate to use the prevention methods which can be used to fight back against all internet threats. People who are afraid to use the internet shouldn’t let the criminal win; instead they should educate themselves and take extra measures.
Here are several things you can do to avoid being a victim of cyber crime:
- Use hard to guess passwords on web-sites and change them regularly. Don’t use same password for every web-sites and don’t use email address as user name (if this is allowed).
- Use password to limit access to important files on your PC.
- Use browsers with 128-bit encryption.
- Install a good antivirus program and update them regularly.
- If you receive a file through your e-mail, always check before you open it. Identify the sender and scan the file using antivirus program before opening it.
- Update your operating system regularly using updates option.
- If anybody asks for password or credit card no through email, do not respond or give out this information. A genuine person will never ask for password or credit card no through e-mail.
- When shopping online make sure you shop with a reputable retailer also check the web site for company information and if in daunt always check before you purchase anything. By law a web retailer must display their company address on their web site.
- Clear out cookies and junk files regularly or at least once a month.
- Use e-mail spam filters to block spam messages.
- Avoid installing free software if you can as these usually come with adware and spyware.
- Turn on your windows updates and firewalls options.
- Be careful with newsgroups and message boards, it is one of the first place where spammers look for e-mail addresses. Avoid using your primary e-mail address when posting on newsgroup; instead use a second e-mail just for that purpose.
M. Rahman (Sasta10)
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