From the start of the 21st century, the world has been experiencing a lot of changes. These changes have been faster and faster in the computer technology. While most of these changes are improving lives, there are some which are aimed at us with evil means. In this article, we walk you through all the different measures you need to take to keep your online life safe and control cyber crime.
Here Are A Few Steps To Control Cyber Crime:
1.) Turn on your Firewall:
Most of the security software these days have the feature of ‘Firewall’. Simply turning on the firewall is going to help you a lot. Even don’t hesitate to turn on the firewall of your router. Remember it’s not being over-cautious it is being secure. It certainly helps to control cyber crime.
2.) Use an antivirus software:
Always ensure you have good and adequate anti-virus software for your computer. The definition of viruses and bugs changes very often with people trying new ways to attack your computer. So updating your antivirus software is equally important. Don’t forget to update your antivirus once every week.
3.) Online Shopping websites:
Do you like online shopping? I just love it. In fact, I do a lot of my shopping online. If you like online shopping as well, take care about the websites you are shopping at. I recommend you to shop only at secure websites.
Every secure Online Shopping website has a Trusted or VeriSign seal. Do put in some time to look if the website you want to shop at has these seals.
4.) Don’t give away your Credit Card details:
Never give away your personal details to websites you feel suspicious. Sharing your credit card information on the internet with people you don’t know will drag you into trouble. Be careful about where you use your credit cards information.
5.) Set up strong passwords:
Always set strong passwords for all your accounts. This could be the easiest way to avoid any major attacks. Make sure the passwords you set are not normal and difficult to guess. Include both numerical and letters in your passwords. Never use words that are very easy to guess – like your name.
Also See: 5 Technologies fast replacing passwords
6.) Turn on your spam blocker:
Most internet providers provide a spam blocking feature to prevent unwanted messages such as fraudulent E-mails and phishing emails from getting to your inbox.
7.) By encrypting important data:
Encrypt important data you don’t want to be compromised. Use of encryption software , ” garbles ” your data to make it unintelligible to anyone who tries to hack into your computer system.
Also See: How to encrypt your data using BitLocker
8.) Secure your personal information:
Be wary of providing personal information via a website you know nothing about , especially those that ask for your name, mailing address , bank account numbers or any social security number.
Also See: How to stay hidden in a computer network
9.) Beware of online scams:
Avoid getting taken in by common scams. These include foreign lotteries , on-line job frauds, phony sweepstakes and similar methods are used by cyber criminals to get your personal information and money. If it sounds too good to be true , it probably is.
Also See: How to detect Online Scams
10.) Child Security:
Monitor the online activities of your children. Make sure they only have access to computers located in central areas of your home and regularly check all browsers and email activity. Parental control software can help you limit the types of sites the user can gain access to.
These little measures help you in a great extent to control cyber crime…. But if you feel you are hacked, don’t delay and check out this ‘article‘ to confirm and learn how to fight against it with our article on – What to do if your computer gets hacked.