With so many people using the internet, cybercrimes being committed have also rose in number. Cybercriminals are on the rise. They take advantage of internet users that are not aware or those that don’t have security measures in place. Some of the crimes being committed include identity theft or using credit card information that they have stolen for criminal activities. You can also become a victim of cybercrime if you are not vigilant. Here are some tips to help keep your personal information especially when you access the internet often.
Majority of those who use the internet also use social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. These sites are good areas to meet new people, new friends, old classmates and even old acquaintances. However, these are also the places where one can become a victim of cybercrimes. So that you won’t become a victim, never post sensitive personal information in these websites. Don’t post birthdays and even complete addresses. You should remind the children to do the same because they are the ones who are fond of accessing these websites.
Always check that the source of your download is legitimate and safe. One way for criminals to steal personal information is through malwares and phishing software. In fact this is one of the most effective ways to do it because not all people are well-informed about this malicious software. Malwares allow cybercriminals to log all the activities in your computer remotely where they can view your key presses, the websites that you visit as well as the passwords that you use to log-in. Malwares can unknowingly be installed by downloading movies, files and even updates in which the malware installer is downloaded together with the needed files. Downloading from secure websites is an effective tool to fight against malwares.
Install firewall and antivirus programs
If you share your computer or laptop with the kids, always install firewall and reliable antivirus programs. These programs protect you more than you know. Firewalls protect intruders from entering your computer. There are those who try to steal information through hacking. When you setup effective firewalls, hackers would have a hard time breaking inside your computer. Antivirus programs are also valuable tools to keep sensitive information. Aside from protecting your computer from computer viruses, reliable antivirus programs also have a built-in malware detection and protection. This will protect you not only from hackers, but also from viruses, malwares, and phishing software.
It is very important to be vigilant in keeping personal information safe and secure. While we are fond of investing on lush cars and signature clothes, it is also right to invest in programs that will keep our computers secure. It is important to involve everyone in the family in the endeavor because it would be useless to secure your computer when they are not, especially if they also use the computer that you are using. Protect yourself at all times and be consistent so you won’t become a victim of a cybercrime.