Ways to Protect Yourself against Cyber Crime

India recorded 50% increase in the cybercrime year on year basis from 2012 to 2013 according to the Cyber Crime Statistics India 2013-2014, released by The Nation Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Ministry of Home Affairs. Thanks to the sharing culture of social media, Phishing email allegedly from friends, sometimes even from your suspected bank that lets you click on an infected links or attachments containing malware, which can even compromise on your net banking information. So get on to know some ways to protect yourself from these cyber crimes.

Tips to Save You from Cybercrime

Here is a list of do’s and don’ts that will protect your online accounts especially internet banking from hackers.

Use good quality anti-virus software to shield your system from malware, spyware or hackers.

Thumb rule: Hackers infect your systems with malwares by luring you to click on a particular link that looks genuine or attractive (like your internet banking in India) or open an attachment. So, if you are unsure, never click! 

Have different passwords for different site specially the important ones such as your main email account through which your iBanking is connected or other important sites is connected. So, that the hacker doesn’t get an easy access to all your accounts through your main email id and so on. 

Don’t accept a friend request and LinkedIn request from strangers, you don’t know you might be giving access to your personal life to a hacker.

Never access or send any personal information through a public Wi-Fi hotspots, because these network do not encrypt your information and it can easily fall prey to the ‘packet sniffer’(program that intercepts data) specially in the case of net banking.

Do shopping from secured sites that changes its internet address from “http” to “https” to indicate secure connection. Always ensure that the locked padlock or unbroken key symbol is showing in your browser.

Ignore pop-ups
as they usually contain malicious software that can trick a user into verifying something and when you do so, a malware will automatically be downloaded. This is known as a drive-by download. 

Even though two-step verification may seem cumbersome, but it is there for a purpose to safeguard you. Use it at all available places such as: Facebook, Dropbox, Gmail and even your internet banking. 

Don’t reveal too many information about yourself on social media like contact number, address, and email ids as there is a risk of identity theft and also make sure you never store any crucial credit card details online.
Remember, hacking is the ability to trick human beings, not computers, by preying on their gullibility, taking advantage of their trust, greed or altruistic impulses. So stay vigilant and be safe!

The author TheCuriousSoul