Cyber crime has become a silent, digital epidemic felt around the world yet for many of us, it doesn’t even cross our minds as we casually browse the web on a daily basis.
But it should. An infographic (see the previous post entitled ‘What You Don’t Know About Cyber Crimes – An Identity Theft Infographic’), by people search site kgbPeople.com, emphasises this more than ever.
The hard-hitting, visual report reveals that nearly two thirds of adults globally have been a victim of some kind of cybercrime (65%).
Planted computer viruses and malware attacks are the most common types of cybercrime people suffer from; 51% of adults having felt their effect. In New Zealand, Brazil and China it’s even worse, with more than six out of 10 computers getting infected (61%, 62% and 65% respectively).
People all around the world are constantly on the receiving end of online scams, phishing attacks, hacking of social networking profiles and credit card fraud, whilst seven percent of adults have even encountered sexual predators online.
One comment on the kgbPeople blog, regarding online security, said:
“When I first began purchasing things online back in 2002, I felt extremely safe. It is sad to see how far thievery has developed to this day.”
If you’re worried about your online security, here are 6 tips on how to be a little more web-savvy, keeping those internet predators at bay:1. Sign your credit and debit cards as soon as you receive them.
2. When paying by card in any shop or store, make sure your card is always in view.
3. Destroy any physical correspondence that includes your name, address, Social Security details or account numbers; and don’t let mail sit in your mailbox for too long.
4. Save your ATM receipts or destroy them.
5. Clear browsing data, including cookies and temporary files, after making an online purchase.
6. And of course, never save or write down your passwords, keep your antivirus software up to date and only shop online at trusted sites.
Remember to protect your personal reputation online and avoid identity theft at all times.