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Armed with in-depth knowledge of computers and programming languages, cyber criminals are very dangerous. They can retrieve private information, gain access to unauthorized content, and retrieve private information. They break several rules to log into computers and online networks. They can manipulate electronic information and threaten cyberspace security. It is better to know all about such cyber criminals are take adequate step to guard from them.
What is cybercrime
An activity that is illegal and aims to dupe people or commit fraud is known as cyber crime. A few such common cyber crimes are explained below. Emails sent from unknown sources asking you to reveal any personal or sensitive information are phishing scams. Such mails mostly have a tone or urgency and require you to give out personal details. Gaining access to personal computer or online networks is hacking. Some hackers can grasp operating system technicalities while others can decode passwords. Other cyber crimes include; identity theft, virus attacks, malware bugs, spamming, bullying, and cyber stalking. Some fake websites can unload spyware on your computer which keeps track of your keystrokes and all websites you visit.
Why they target you?
Some hackers gain access to private networks for the intellectual thrill and do not intend to do any harm. While others do it to misuse private information, gain entry into your email and social networking account, or steal your money, etc. Some even target communities, religion, or specific groups through online hijacks. They don’t have to be knowledgeable, even college kids can learn hacking. Hackers can target you for no particular reason; it can be done just because you are an easy victim.
There are three types of hackers. White hat hackers follow cyber laws and try to test system security while black hat hackers infect computer with viruses and pilfer you off private information. Grey hat hackers are a combination of the two. Some ethical hackers are even hired by conglomerates to test their system security.
How to guard against cyber criminals
If you receive unknown mail messages, try not to open them and never click on the link provided in the email. If you wish to visit the link, type it out yourself in the web browser. Do not visit malicious websites as hackers can download software or hijack your web browser. Beware of websites that have too many links or redirects. It is easier for hackers to gain access to standalone computer than public machines or an interconnected network of desktops.
With time cyber criminals are becoming even shrewder. So be careful about your online activities. If you come across malicious emails, websites or any other online scams then report them to authority. It is better to be safe than sorry, so have internet security, anti-virus, anti-spyware, spam filters and firewalls installed on your machine. There are tools that send a warning when you click on a phisher web address. Make sure all your passwords are strong. Keep a tab on your back account and credit card statements.
About the author: Alia Haley is very passionate when it comes to blogging and writing. She is a gadget freak and loves to write on technology. Her articles include various aspects associated to tech help and currently she is working on a blog on tech games and Urban Design.