What is cybercrime and how to protect yourself from it

The amount of different types of cybercrimes is enormous. But they can be divided into two categories: for example, installation viruses that steal personal data on someone else’s device. The second category is systematic crimes: cyberbullying, extortion, the spreading of child pornography, and the organization of terrorist attacks.

Nowadays there are hundreds of possibilities to commit a cybercrime, because of the digitalization of our society. Usually, we have a PC at home, laptop, or tablet in our backpacks and smartphone in our pockets. All those devices have access to the internet.

How to stop cybercrime?

Police, federal agencies of all kinds and commercial organizations from all around the Globe trying to ensure our cybersecurity. Ordinary users can also significantly contribute to the war against cybercrimes by blocking the malware. By getting rid of viruses, spyware, and ransomware and installing an effective antivirus, you will not only protect your computer from malware but also stop the attempts of cybercriminals to get money illegally which is their main motivation.

There are other ways how you can defend yourself against cyber mobsters.

1. Do not download files from unverified sources

This rule is essential. This is why we put it in the first place of our small list. If something wants to get downloaded on your device, but you have no idea what this thing is, and you have never wanted to download it, then it is better to cease this downloading process.

2. Never install something that you don’t know what it is

This is again very close to the previous rule. You should never install any soft on your device if you don’t know what it does. If the main purpose of some program is unknown, then you should avoid using it on your pc until you learn what it does.

3. Do not click on the links contained in the email letters from senders you don't know

Often hackers send viruses through email. The rule here is simple. No matter what messenger you use, it is better not even to open messages from strange and unknown accounts. Because those messages may contain files that will damage your device or will steal your vital data.

4. Don’t share your passwords with anyone

Your passwords are keys to your cyber-security. All your vital information is defended by those passwords. It is better not to share passwords with anyone, even with your close relatives. Plus, be very careful with auto-filling forms in your browser, and other programs. We recommend you not to use those programs at all. First, there are many vulnerabilities in them, and second, you may forget your password.

As you can see learning how to defend from cybercrime can take quite a while, but it's always worth it. Adhering to such safe Internet practices as refraining from downloading from unknown sources and visiting sites with a low reputation is common sense in the prevention of cybercrime. A careful and cautious attitude to your credentials and personal data can also significantly contribute to protection against intruders.