How To Prevent And Protect Yourself From Cybercrime

Cybercrime is the one thing that comes in many shapes and forms just waiting for you to take the bait. It takes advantage of the times we are gullible, trustful and vulnerable. Being a prey to cybercrime has become very easy nowadays with the extensive use and sharing brought about by the social media. Cybercrime ranges from hacking, identity theft, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual exploitation among others. Terrorism is now a notch higher as it has been taken into the cyberspace.

The best and the most important line of defense when it comes to cybercrime is prevention. It is said “Prevention is better than cure” and in this case, this saying totally applies. Healing from cybercrime may take ages not counting the loss and damages already suffered. Cybercrime may come in many forms but there are measures you can take to ensure you are covered from any probability of attack.

Education and Awareness

Thanks to social media falling prey Cybercrime is as easy as pressing a like button on Facebook. Phishing emails created to seduce you into opening them have become a day to day trend online. There are so many promises made by cyber terrorists to motivate you into clicking hyperlinks that have malware designed to compromise your machine and personal data or transactions.

Awareness has to be made on common hacking scam and tactics that play on peoples vulnerabilities. Your employees and people around you have to be educated on cybersecurity, phishing, packet sniffing, social engineering and many more Cybercrime subjects.

Securing Machines and the Network

You might have the assumption that anti-viruses just slow your machine down but you forget they save you from losing your machine altogether. You need to install an antivirus on all your servers and workstations. An antivirus detects, removes and protects your networks and machine from malicious malware. It is advisable to have reliable data backup systems so that you have the ability to restore your data to the state before the attack. Also, check if your network is equipped to handle network-specific attacks. With the adoption of cloud computing partners that have already invested in network protection, you have an option of partnering with them for your network safety.

You need to constantly ensure all your software are up to date. Updating them should be a top priority for your operating systems and internet security. Hackers are known to gain access to your machine or network through software systems.

Have several email accounts and ignore pop-ups

Having one main email address makes you vulnerable to multiple identity attacks. When a hacker gets control of your mail email address, they can get your identification, passport details, bank account information, shopping transactions giving them the power to take over your life. Separate email addresses for different parts of your day to day activities will not make you completely vulnerable in case one of them is hacked.

Always ignore pop-ups that you do not understand as they may have software that can install malicious malware on your system.

Two Step Verification Systems

It is important to set up a two-step verification for all your important accounts. You are to use strong passwords that are changed regularly and not recycled. Your passwords to different sites should be unique and different. One can install a password management application to help with locking down their passwords.  A two-step verification sends a code through SMS to your phone and this gives additional protection to your accounts. If a hacker happens to crack your password, they will not access your account since they will not be in the position to receive the SMS code.

In this era of increased cybercrime, one is encouraged to use a full-service internet security suite to secure their networks and machines. Keep most of your personal data confidential and do not share them carelessly on social media sites. Be regularly updated on the major security breaches and create awareness to your friends and family about them. Alert local police or cybercrime units if you suspect hacking or any cyber scam, identity theft or fraud happening. No matter how minor you think the crime is, prevention is better than cure and you are announcing your stand on this war against Cybercrime.