The fact of the matter is, the average cyber criminals that get caught learned a few tricks by just simply googling it. Literally by accessing their computer opening a browser and searching for nefarious things that they can do to others. Sadly that is not the worst part, organized cyber criminals can cause even greater damage. All we can do from our end is to be extra vigilant, more cautious, and take a step further towards protecting ourselves from these individuals. Every year billions upon billions of dollars are lost due to numerous security breaches and cyber crime, these alarming facts are such a threat that companies spend about as much as they are losing just to keep everything safe. The pace that they are going is sometimes hard to keep up so everyone is trying their best to be protected.

What is A Cyber Crime

As the great wikipedia so elaborately put it

“a computer-oriented crime, is a crime that involves a computer and a network. The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target. Cybercrimes can be defined as: “Offences that are committed against individuals or groups of individuals with a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm, or loss, to the victim directly or indirectly, using modern telecommunication networks such as Internet (networks including chat rooms, emails, notice boards and groups) and mobile phones (Bluetooth/SMS/MMS)”. Cybercrime may threaten a person or a nation’s security and financial health.“

That is the basic way of putting it, although there is a lot more than meets the eye. That description doesn’t even scratch the surface. So here are a few ways to keep your Desktop PC, laptop, Smartphone, tablets and even IOS devices safe.

  1. Backup all of your data. A tedious task that might take a while to process. Ranging from a few minutes to a few hours to complete, this is such an important step to keep everything safe. You have 2 options for backup, 1st is getting a hard drive or a server then manually or automatically set up your backup. Then there are the Cloud servers that you can avail for online backup.
  2. Keeping your password up to date. As simple as it may sound updating your password periodically is one of the best ways to avoid getting your accounts, your system, or any access and entry point safe guarded from any potential threats. A website that you visited might require you to have your password saved in it. A password manager is a good place to start, you can have the ease of access and have the peace of mind that your privacy is well protected.
  3. Don’t postpone OS updates. You may be working with an IOS device such as a MacBook or perhaps a Windows operating system, both of which requires constant updates and patches to keep them safe. I know what you’re thinking it’s such an annoyance to keep closing the pop-ups/reminders for the said updates, but to be honest what you’re doing is giving hackers a window of opportunity to get to your system. The reason these updates are essential to your OS is not only to fix bugs and other issues, it is meant to protect them as well.
  4. Avoid suspicious websites/email attachments. One of the most common ways for a hacker to get into your system is via spyware. A seemingly innocent file attachment or a link opening a webpage to get more information out of you is just the thing that most people will find harmless and mildly amusing. Well you’ll be shocked to find out that even by your middle name there are a lot of things that a hacker can do. So next time you receive an email from a website that you haven’t even visited or from a person you do not know, keep in mind that they are always a potential threat.

There is really no foolproof plan to prevent a serious attack, all we can do is have a better understanding on how these cyber criminals operate, so that we can better educate ourselves to keep us from being a potential target. Being one step ahead of them, securing everything as much as we can is the best way to go about it. Learn more about cyber security and prevention that Far Out Solutions offer by visiting this link.