What is a Cybercrime?

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If you’ve never been the victim of a cybercrime, be thankful! From phishing to stolen identities and more, cybercrime is wicked.

Cybercrime is:

  • an offense committed against an individual or group of people with the intention of: harming the victim’s reputation; causing physical or emotional stress or harm; causing loss to the victim in any manner by using technology whether in a chat room, email or smartphone

Common Cybercrimes are as Follows:

  • Financial Crimes
  • Cyber extortion
  • Harassment
  • Phishing
  • And more!

Today we will be focusing on financial crimes and computer security.

What is a Financial or Fraudulent Cyber Crime?

From Phishing to stealing classified information, the media is constantly discussing issues of data recovery and computer security. Considering the way we keep our confidential business information on file and in the clouds and the way consumers shop online today, managing cyber crime is a must!

Here are some examples of Financial and Fraudulent Cyber Crimes:

1-When someone breaks into another person’s computer security with the intention of causing financial loss or fraud of any kind, this falls under a fraud or a financial cybercrime.

2-Did someone try to steal your identity? Try to take your credit card information from Amazon or another online site?

3- Did an employee alter data in any manner or enter an unauthorized area by stealing someone else’s access? Data recovery is no picnic! This is also, a financial and fraudulent cybercrime!

That Request From Africa: What is Phishing?

Phishing is one of the most common cybercrimes of all! Phishing is when someone steals your sensitive information like a username or password for the malicious intent. Usually the party who is phishing comes across as a trustworthy source.

Have you ever had someone beg you to send money to Africa for some valiant effort?

Computer Security Tips to Avoid Being “Phished:”

  • Always be cautious of anyone you don’t know claiming to be “in need.”
  • If you get an email claiming you need to put in your password, don’t do it! Call customer service or the individual first
  • Be careful on social media: if an email or message comes in asking you to enter ANY personal information on another site, hesitate and don’t do it! Hackers love to come and try to steal your information with the touch of a Facebook Message. Social media is a huge source of compromised computer security issues.
  • If an email isn’t personalized to you, avoid!
  • Do not click on any links or files in emails sent from unfamiliar senders. A virus or someone trying to steal your data could be right in that link. Clicking on a download could cost you some serious data recovery, as well as wreak havoc on your credit report later on down the line when someone’s taking a shopping spree using your information!
  • Computer Security Tools: Anti-virus and spyware programs are a must have for your computer!

With these tips and some common sense, you will be able to avoid these devastating cyber crimes!