Cybercrimes, parents should be aware of

Cybercrimes, parents should be aware of

Cybercrime is a new breed of worldwide crime plaguing the world.  Basically, cybercrimes are crimes conducted via the Internet with the use of computers or related devices.  Its beginning can be traced to the growing dependence on computers in modern life.

We all are at risk. The threat is serious and it is growing. Cybercrimes are becoming more dangerous and sophisticated. Parents, as well as kids, are at risk. However young people are more prone to cybercrimes, because relatively they are more active on the Internet and in most cases naïve on Internet safety. 1 in 5 online adults or 21% has been a victim of cybercrimes. (A study published on http://technology.inquirer.net)

There are various kinds of cybercrimes out there, each bringing consequences with it. Some of the crimes take over your computer system or invade it with a virus. Other scams steal identity or credit card information. There are just so many ways that cybercrime can be committed. Cybercriminals are modifying their ways to target fast-growing mobile platforms and social networks where consumers are less aware of security risks.

However one of the best ways to avoid being a victim of cybercrimes and protecting sensitive information is by making use of impenetrable security that uses a unified system of software and hardware to authenticate any information that is sent or accessed over the Internet. However, before you can grasp more about this system, let us find out more about cybercrimes.

PUPs

Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPS) install unwanted software on a device with toolbars and searching agents. PUPs are not that harmful but they include spyware, adware, and all that type of annoying malware. Most of the time they are embedded in the terms and agreement page and kids alike parents do not read through (them?) before accepting to install these apps.

Phishing and Spam

We all face spam every day. Spambots (a program designed to collect, or harvest, e-mail addresses from the Internet in order to build mailing lists for sending unsolicited e-mail, also known as spam) act constantly and there is not much you could do to control them. They are more provocative than harmless.

But (we cannot say the same thing about phishing?) it cannot be said about phishing.  Phishing is a method where cyber malefactors offer a lure so that you give out your personal info they want. The lure could be in different forms: an announcement of winning, business proposal, everything that promises you money for a small favor.

Ransomware

Ransomware is one of the malware-based attacks. It enters a device, encrypts the files and transmits them to the hacker’s servers. Afterward, attacked users are requested to pay huge ransoms to receive their personal info.

Malicious Software

These are Online-based software that is used to disrupt a network. The software is used to gain access to a system in other words to steal sensitive information or data or causing damage to software present in the system.

Scamming

Scammers mail you discounts, health foods, time-shares, etc. The typical scam starts with an emotional email message.  It can be anyone but most at times a woman who asks you to provide help in retrieving a huge sum of money from a bank, paying initially small fees for legal matters. In exchange for your help, they promise you a very large sum of money. There have been cases where not only money was lost in the scam, but people were kidnapped or even worse.

How parents can protect their families against cybercrimes

Everyone who uses the Internet is at risk of becoming a victim of a cybercrime if action is not taken. There are many ways to protect yourself and your family. First of all, maintain good system hygiene and inculcate safe browsing habits by not answering questionnaires and not reacting on to strange pop-ups, messages and offers.

Be aware of all software your children wish to download. Educate them on the safe way to download and install applications on their devices.  Also, the opening of email attachments from unknown senders should be prohibited.

In addition to that, strong passwords should be used on all devices and email accounts. Passwords should be adequately long mixed with symbols and must be case sensitive.

Questionable websites should be avoided. Use safety programs. Teach your kids online safety rules. Use mSpy parental control app to help you monitor your kids’ activities and to block harmful sources.

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