by Tina Louise Penn
Cybercriminals can compromise your computer system in different ways. Many people are left feeling powerless after having their privacy infringed by cybercriminals through hacking, malicious malware, and identity theft. The effects of cybercrime can be upsetting and daunting for victims, which include organizations, corporations, national/federal governments and individuals. The best defense against acts of cyber criminality is awareness and education about the different types of cybercrimes and how they are carried out.
The 3 most common types of cybercrime are:
One of the most common cybercrimes in the world, cyberbullying is responsible for causing catastrophic effects on victims, including death. Even international celebrities, business moguls and politicians have fallen victim to cyberbullying in one way or the other. Cybercriminals don’t hesitate to engage in offensive behaviors such as stalking, hurling insults, posting hurtful posts/images/videos on the timelines of victims, and even sending abusive texts/emails/messages online. Stalkers can make an individual’s life miserable due to their tendency to intimidate, instill fear, offend or harass their victims. As a matter of fact, there have been cases where people committed suicide after being cyberbullied on their social media accounts.
Criminals are becoming smarter with the advancement of technology. They are using all manner of tricks, including hacking, phishing and malware to engage in identity theft for financial benefits, personal vendetta or to simply taint a person’s reputation. Identity theft is a major global menace. Cybercriminals use their computers and skills to gain unauthorized access to your personal information — name, date of birth, photographs, address, bank accounts, pin numbers, or national social security details — in order to execute their evil plans. They use your personal information to commit all sorts of crimes: fraud, intimidation, wiping out your bank accounts, claiming government benefits, acquiring property or lodging fraudulent claims in your name. Identity theft can be quite distressing, both emotionally and financially for victims.
The internet has become a hub for hackers, tricksters, and fraudsters. Cybercriminals are quick to take advantage of different social media platforms to fleece their unsuspecting victims. They always come up with new online scams, including dating scams, celebrity death scams, job opportunity scams, prize scams, moneymaking scams and threats and extortion, among many others. Regrettably, millions of curious people across the globe keep losing money to these dishonest online scams.
Other common types of cybercrimes include email spam, phishing, hacking, denial of service (DOS attack), computer intrusion, social engineering, masquerading, Smurf attack, Fraggle attack and email bombing, among others. In order to protect yourself against such cybercrimes, desist from responding to unexpected hyperlinks or try to subscribe/unsubscribe from suspicious emails, texts, or even calls. My expert advice is “Think, Think, Think before you click!”
Tina Louise Penn is a cloud technology specialist and VoIP certified technician. You can reach her at 661-210-9222 or visit Cloudplusservices.com.
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