Top 5 Popular Cybercrimes: How You Can Easily Prevent Them

Protect from cybercrimeOver the course of the past few years, hackers and cybercrooks armed with sophisticated malware have stolen literally hundreds of millions of dollars from online banking accounts and individuals all over the world. We have said it many times before in recent articles, the days of robbing banks in person are gone and now it all takes place behind a screen of a computer connected to the Internet.

The Internet can be the most useful tool in business, school or every-day life. At the same time, the Internet can make someone's life a living hell in the event that one becomes the next victim of a cybercrime. A large percentage of the world's population that uses computers over the Internet are aware of cybercrime and the consequences that they may face if they succumb to a cybercriminals' trap. Others who have no clue as to the dangers they face everyday using the Internet must be educated before it is too late for them.

To protect yourself against cybercrimes you must first know what type of cybercrimes there are. The internet is a complex infrastructure where cybercriminals create about 57,000 scam websites every week. In 2008, there were about 10 million victims of identity theft in America alone, according to an Agence-France Press report. The easily preventable cybercrimes attack computer users through several different methods such as the use of cyberstalking, harassment, invasion of privacy, phishing and even through being online impostors. If you are wondering what each of these cybercrimes involve, view our list of the 5 popular cybercrimes to easily protect yourself from.

Top 5 Popular Cybercrimes to Effortlessly Protect Your Computer and Data Against its Impact

1. Phishing scams

Phishing is a practice of a cybercriminal or hacker attempting to obtain sensitive or personal information from a computer user. This process is usually accomplished through phishing websites which are designed to mimic a legitimate website in hopes that the unsuspecting computer user will enter several bits of personal information such as their banking passwords, home address or even social security number. To avoid phishing scams, we recommend using a phishing filter feature on your web browser so that it can actively scan websites that you visit to check if they have been identified as a phishing website.

2. Identity Theft scams

Cybercrooks who may have gained access to your credit card or banking account information may use that information to make purchases in your name. Identity theft has been a major issue even before the conception of the Internet but as you may already know, the virtual world has made it much easier for criminals to utilize and steal your identity. One of the easiest and lest expensive things to do to protect your identity is to closely monitor your accounts. If you notice suspicious activity, you should report it to the proper authorities immediately. Be proactive and do not waste time in these situations. Identity theft scams are very prevalent online and may come in the form of a spam email, website or even an online pop-up survey. Phishing is a major contributor to identity theft also.

3. Online Harassment

Harassment online is usually related to your social lifestyle and if you choose to use a popular social network such as Facebook or Twitter. Online harassment can consist of threats sent through email, instant message or through a social network message/post. Usually, it is simple to report these threats to the social network you're being harassed on. Harassment can also be found to result in cyberbullying kids which can have dire consequences as you may have witnessed recently in the media where a 13-year-old kid from Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, named Megan Meier committed suicide from being bullied online. Our suggestion for handling harassment online is to immediately report any activity out of the ordinary before it gets out of hand even if you may know the person on the other end. Often online impostors who harass you online do it to find your 'breaking point' but you should never let it get that far.

4. Cyberstalking

Cyberstalkers will go to great lengths to try to monitor a victims online activity. This may include infecting a person's computer with malware that is able to log computer activity. Cyberstalkers are also known to continually harass their potential victims. Cyberstalking cases should also be reported to authorities, just like online harassment cases. Cyberstalkers may contact a victim's colleagues, friends and other online contacts in an effort to slander them or extract personal information from them.

5. Invasion of privacy

The invasion of privacy is basically the act of someone attempting to intrude on a person's personal life. This includes hacking into a person's computer, reading their emails or monitoring online activities. Many of these specific crimes are punishable under the law. If you ever suspect someone invading your privacy, you can simply contact the police and file a report. Local authorities can handle these situations most times without seeking a specific online law enforcement organization.

In any of the above cases, you should always have the proper computer security applications installed and updated on your computer which may include a trustworthy anti-spyware or anti-virus program. Having security software installed and running on your system will ensure that you are protected from known threats that can lead to any of the above situations and help protect you against cybercrimes.

For additional help resources and tips for protecting yourself against cybercrime, you can view our exclusive related posts below.

25 Comments

  • Matthew:

    Hi there, i am using this for a school project and im wondering could i screenshot a part of this page?

  • GoldSparrow:

    Yes, Matthew. That is fine. We only ask that you give a source credit. Thank you for asking.

  • john:

    this information is very useful

  • Rofiat:

    More than useful, thank you goldsparrow

  • Vijay:

    Sir I have taken loan on loan app but due to lock down I was not able to repay then I got call from them and they told me that if I don't pay they take all my contacts from phone storage and call each person and tell I am doing fraud so what can I do

    • GoldSparrow:

      That sounds like a scam. It is best that you scan your system for malware to ensure it does not have any infections due to receiving that message.

  • Kelly:

    Is there such a term call "internet pharmacies"? I was told that they are activities committed by people who sells illegal articles on the Internet. But I can't seem to find anything on the internet. Is this the correct definition?
    Thank you.

  • Haide:

    Someone's been using my account recently and screenshots some.conversation and those screenshots were posted publicly in her account and causes trouble. What action should i do? Thank you for answering

  • Jeanine:

    someone in my building keeps attempting to get into my personal information by using my network name. I keep changing it and then a day or so, they change it too. Its becoming irritating and as far as I'm concerned, this should be illegal. Who can I report this to? Not like I can call the police, what are they going to do?!

    • GoldSparrow:

      First, it is best to change your WiFi password (your router password to log into your wifi network). Then, be sure you don't have any spyware or malware on your PC by scanning it with SpyHunter. Spyware or malware installed could give others access and be lurking on your computer without your knowledge. After that, you could probably benefit from getting a service to monitor your credit and/or personal information. We hope this helps.

  • Harry:

    This is an email I received today, what should I do.

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    • GoldSparrow:

      That email is an outright scam. It is best to NEVER respond to the message. As a first step to take, it is best that you scan your computer to ensure that you don't have any spyware or malware installed that could be recording your Internet activity by using a program like SpyHunter. After that, it is best to change your passwords to your online accounts and/or use a password manager. There are many password managers out there to pick, like last pass, cyclonis password manager, and others. We hope this helps.

  • Saba :

    On zoom app's meeting some strangers entered in my class and started bad talks i am a teacher and I want to take an action and I think this is a cyber crime and they strangers even know me that how I look like and what I teach.

  • Michael:

    So my question is if I stay logged in at the home computer in someone's hands Facebook messages from my account not aren't quite slander but more informational to my family, is that an offense legally.

  • apo:

    what about using facebook to blackmail you. is that a crime?

  • gunu:

    someone use my name and pics by making fake account at Facebook I totally don't know that person

  • Zac:

    To whom will I report Ireceived an email from certain bank to update , after clicking my money lost , i report to the bank they told me its not their fault , my money wont return , who are the persons will investigate this?

    • GoldSparrow:

      It would be best to report the issue to the same bank via a branch manager so they can investigate. Also, there is the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) that you can file a complaint to further investigate the initial issue and if hackers are behind it. You can do that at https://www.ic3.gov/.

  • Tahira :

    My Instagram account got log out suddenly and my photos are there in it.. How can I get it back?
    Should I complaint to the police

  • Meggs Gander:

    There is a lady who has been bragging about hacking my FB page! What can I do about this?

  • Paneendra:

    How much can one claim from a company worth 3.3billion dollars for online security breach (bank account transactions without ones notice) and how to go about it ?

  • Chennam chandra Mohan :

    Hi sir my name is Chandra Mohan. I have taken loan from instant personal loan app 3500 Rs.with in one week I have to pay that amount with interest 4500 Rs total. Due to covid 19 iam not able to pay. I told them I'll pay later. But they are blackmailing me that they will call to my all contact phone numbers and inform. What I do sir. Please help me.

  • Rich:

    My messenger account have been continuously hacked for more than 1 year now. I'm changing my passwords every now and then. I wonder how can I still get hacked even after I changed my passwords. Will I ever know who is hacking my fb and messenger account?

  • Gunjan:

    I wanna ask if a person upload my pic as her dp for 10-20 min and i don't even know her. Is this a cyber crime she didn't have said a single word to me when i ask her why she has done this.tell me should i file a complaint against her. Or just forgive her she has apologised to me.

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