The Internet is undoubtedly good for many things. It has revolutionized the way we conduct business, look for a job, communicate with our colleagues and customers; we can stay in touch with our family members and in general make life easier for us. Like any technology though, it also poses a risk to us when we use it.
More and more people are purchasing things on the Internet rather than offline over the phone or at the shop. We are trusting more and more often with our private information as we enter transactions over the Internet. However, up to now we haven’t really learned how to protect ourselves from those transactions that may leave us open to a lot of trouble.
Because of this, we haven’t had a real clue how to protect ourselves from those who want to steal all our information and use it in their own interests. Online that information is gold for hackers and identity thieves and they are finding more and more ways to use that to separate you from your money.
Hopefully, this article will help you understand what hackers and cyber criminals are doing about you and how you can avoid their schemes to steal your money.
For whatever crimes that you have committed online, the first step towards protecting yourself online is to know how to defend against these cyber crimes. You will learn how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of these crimes as well as how to report them when they happen.
Let’s start with the basics. There are three ways that you can identify if you are a victim.
1. Social Media Networking
With social media networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, you can share anything and everything with your friends. But, there is a problem with social media. It turns out that along with all the beautiful people and celebrities, there are lots of people who just like posting ad or banners about their life and events. Obviously, they make themselves look like victims of crimes that they haven’t even done. Know that there are some people who are not always who they portray to be in the social media.
2. Hacker Stats
Hackers are continually on the lookout for vulnerable websites and applications. When they find one, they like to post their own message to attack the site. This can be used to target your address to specifically infect your computer. Also, there have been instances where hackers have targeted advertisement sites and injected their own code into them. This may lead to your computer having hundreds of unwanted pop-ups or cookies.
3. Obvious Someone Got Your Login Email Address
When you receive an email asking you to login to your account, it is best call your bank or credit card Company to verify this. You don’t want to run the risk of having your account suspended without being asked. Also, never click on links in suspect emails. They usually link to malicious websites. If you are unsure, the best thing to do is to type in the URL of the potential purchase and see if it is authentic. If it is not, then log in to your account to change it.
Tip #1 – Use a Secure Email Address
It is important to use a secure email address to sign up to many financial accounts online. Here are some steps to using a secure email address:
o Create a special category called SPAM that will contain all your unwanted email.
o To avoid problems, use a limited email address for your spam reporting.
o The same idea applies to your yahoo or hotmail e-mail account.
Tip #3 – Report spam to your e-mail provider
If you do get spam, you can help reduce the amount of spamming going on by reporting it to your e-mail provider.