Cybercrime is a big concern but knowing what it is and how to spot it can help you stay safe.
What is it?
Basically, cybercrime it is the use of a computer, computer network, networked device, and the internet to commit a variety of crimes. Usually things like identity theft, data theft, or cyber extortion. These crimes can be committed by a single person or an organization. The main goal of all cybercrime is profit – they want your money.
How often does it happen?
Oh, about every 39 seconds now-a-days. Seriously. Also, one in five people will have their credit card information stolen this year.
What sort of damages do these crimes cause?
Financial burdens, reputational harm, legal action, layoffs, and more. These crimes can also threaten lives when the target of the attack is a hospital, government agency, or power grid.
Who are the main targets?
Literally everyone and every business out there. Hackers will take whatever they can get.
What types of cybercrime are we talking about?
What can you do to try to minimize your risk?
Here are a few quick tips:
Basically, be diligent! Become a “human firewall” against hackers by thinking carefully before you click links or allow people access to your computer or data.