Cybercrime Part 3 – Protecting Yourself Online

Cybercrime Today, it’s not only viruses that are a threat to your computer system; even a simple surfing of a normal website can potentially bring unwanted issues and even steal all your personal account information. The most devastating Internet banking fraud scams can be launched online.

Here are some important tips that help when protecting yourself online from growing threats:

  1. Terminate Your Online Session Completely.
    Closing your browser window or typing in a new website address without logging out may give others a chance of gaining access to your account information. Always terminate your online session by clicking on the “Log out or Sign Out” button to terminate your online session. Avoid using the option of “remember” your username and password information.
  2. Create Backup of Important Data.
    Backup of all the important files whether personal or professional should be created. Getting used to back up your files regularly is the first step towards security of your personal computer.
  3. Use Security Programs.
    If your system does not have data protection software to protect you online, then by all means buy internet security program for your computer. Today, almost all new computer systems come with some kind of security programs installed.
  4. Protect Your Password.
    Try creating a password that consists of a combination of letters (both upper case and lower case), numbers and special characters. Password should be changed regularly. Do not share your password with other people.
  5. Use Caution When Participating in Social Networking.
    Participating in most social networking sites, however, expose your personal information to others. And all of these sites have a certain intensity of control over security issues. Use these privacy settings to prevent and update your personal information being broadcast.
  6. Use Your Own Computer.
    It’s generally safer to access your financial accounts from your own computer only. If you do use some other computer, always delete all of the “Temporary Internet Files”, “œcookies” and clear all of your “History” after you log off your account.
  7. Update Your Software Package Regularly.
    Frequent online updates are needed for all the Internet security software installed on your computer system.
  8. Be Careful When Reading Email.
    A simple rule in using this communication tool is not to open any links in emails from people you do not know. Hackers do use E-mail as the main target seeking to steal personal information, financial data, security codes and other. Do not use the link sent to you if you need access to the website, visit the website by typing the address in your menu bar.
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