What is Cyber crime and who does it affect?
Cyber crime is an offence committed by an individual or group using a computer and a network. It can affect anyone who uses the internet from global businesses to individual users.
Cyber crime is a growing threat for every business both large and small and individuals that use a computer and the internet. It costs businesses around the world trillions of Dollars in damages and hackers are continuously finding new ways to breach organisations security infrastructures.
In 2004, the global cyber security market was worth $3.5 billion and in 2017 it is estimated to be worth 35 times more, it is now the fastest growing technology sectors.
Ways in which to protect yourself from Cyber crime.
If hackers can successfully attack large organisations such as Yahoo, TalkTalk and most recently Wonga then small businesses and individuals could be at a greater risk especially if they do not have any security in place.
There are many forms of Cyber Crime and it’s very easy to become a victim of Cyber Crime. Last month when a number from another country kept drop calling my mobile in the early hours of the morning, I decided to investigate before calling the number back. When I checked the dialling code on Google it showed the number was from abroad and was a scam where they were trying to get me to call back. It is known as The Wangiri scam. For more information on this particular scam please visit http://www.deccanchronicle.com/technology/mobiles-and-tabs/110216/beware-those-unknown-missed-calls-from-abroad-could-empty-your-wallet.html
For many small businesses, the best ways to avoid a cyber attack is to follow these steps:
1. Regularly change the passwords to your online accounts and not use the same password for each account.
2. If you receive unexpected emails from Banks asking for information ignore them and report them to your existing bank.
3. Do not share personal details such as dates of birth, phone numbers or home addresses on social media.
4. Avoid phishing emails on Facebook by liking what you think is a legitimate page but then redirects you to what is usually an
unsavoury site which you will then be charged for.
5. Make sure you use a well-regarded anti-virus software such as SOPHOS Endpoint Protect or SOSPHOS Home edition which is a FREE
business call Anti Virus for home users. https://home.sophos.com/ Business users please contact Think Big Tech 01843 570000 for
6. Make sure you have malware protection as part of your security but make sure you don’t use two different products on your computer
as this will cause problems and actually make your PC most susceptible to attacks.
7. Be vigilant when using Wi-Fi in public areas and most Wi-Fi hotspots do not encrypt your information.
8. Ignore pop-ups on your PC as these can install malware on your devices. If in doubt, please ask.
9. Always implement a two-step verification code practice.
10. Always logout of your accounts and never store your card details on websites.
It can be very difficult to detect if malicious software has been installed on your computer watching you (Key logging) to aid security try to follow these security measures to be as safe as possible.
Cyber crime is developing at a fast rate and you need to keep up with the technological changes to keep your data secure.
For advice on how to protect yourself and business from Cyber Crime please contact Think Big Tech www.thinkbigservices.co.uk
Article by Christian Boyce – Think Big Tech