Cybercrime is a very real issue and a very real danger. To protect yourself, you need to be aware of how you are in danger.
- Take time to learn how cybercriminals work. The most common methods are through email (phishing and spam), malware, adware, and spyware.
- The software that you find on the Internet that is 'free' very often has quite a high price. Many of them have programs that are installed with them. At best, they can bog your computer down and at worse, it can share all of your private information.
- Some of the 'nasty' software that you will hear about are keyloggers and adware programs. (These will throw up windows with advertisements).
- Stay aware. Don't just follow any link someone sends you. Consider their usual behavior. Do they usually just pop up and send you a link? Is this out of the norm? Maybe they have gotten a virus through their messaging software.
- Protect yourself. This includes using anti-virus, a couple of anti-spyware programs, and a firewall.
- Don't go to a site through your email...ever. Not even if it was solicited first. Just type the name of the site into your browser and go that way.
- Know how your chosen social media sites protect your privacy. Don't just assume that they will do it, but know that they will and how it is done.
- When visiting a site, and logging in, look for the padlock. This is an indication that the site is protected.
- Watch the news. Twitter and Facebook are a popular topic right now and anything like viruses going around will be in the news.
- Keep current when it comes to knowing about viruses. Not only how to protect yourself against them, but their delivery system. As our technology gets better and better, so does 'theirs'.
- You may use just one anti-virus, but there is nothing wrong with checking the information that they all have.
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