29 May 2020
Cyber Crime Security
Cyber crime is a specific type of attack that targets the online space or a particular technology.
The term covers various individual crimes, each of which requires different security measures to reduce the chance of it happening.
Some examples of cyber crimes include:
- Hacking – this could involve hacking particular platforms, social media accounts or emails to obtain information or passwords.
- Phishing – a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as payment details, often using emails.
- Malicious software – this can include malware and ransomware, where specific files are hijacked.
- Distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks on websites, usually in an attempt to gain money.
During the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a rise in some of these cyber crimes, largely due to the increased use of technology as the majority of the UK’s population is working from home. As we live through the pandemic, we’re spending more time online than ever before – children are even attending online school classes. Much of the cyber crime that’s prevalent at the moment involves phishing and malware, often playing on people’s fears about the virus to encourage them to take an action. Scammers use these tactics to fraudulently obtain money and details from people online.
Here are some tips and recommendations to help you protect yourself and your business through good cyber crime security measures:
- Always use meeting passwords and keep the code and URL private – only share it amongst the other people who will be attending.
- Supervise children closely. They will be spending significantly more time on the computer, so monitor their internet usage. You can also talk to them about cyber crime security and ensure they have an understanding of how to keep themselves safe online.
- Think carefully before parting with your money. Cyber criminals might pose as your bank, or another organisation you hold an account with. Your bank would never contact you asking for personal details – be very careful about giving these away.
- Use strong passwords. Make sure they are difficult to guess, and don’t use the same password for every site.
- Keep software updated. Software might have weaknesses that make it vulnerable to attack, which an update can fix. Install the latest updates – but equally, make sure you only install legitimate updates that have come from the software providers themselves.
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