The Real Victims Of Cybercrime

The increased incidence of online frauds has made the terms "phishing" and "pharming" a part of every Internet user's vocabulary. Phishing and pharming are two common forms of fraud that try to trick victims into believing they are at a trusted websites such as their bank, in order to steal their identity and empty their bank accounts.

Are You A Victim Of Crimes On The Internet?

What should you do when your computer gets infected with a virus? Do not worry; just follow these simple steps listed below for tackling such a problem:

*Disconnect immediately: Unplug the network cable, phone, or modem from your machine. By doing so, you can prevent the data from being leaked back to the attacker. Disconnecting your network connection is one of the most assured ways of putting a stop to the immediate damage.

*Scan your computer with an updated antivirus program: A program with antivirus & antispyware effectively detects and removes crimeware threats that would otherwise remain hidden on your machine. If the threat can be detected but not removed, consult Antivirus's removal tool listing in order to see if the crimeware can be removed using a separately downloaded utility

*Back up your critical information: Sensitive data may be leaked by malware and it also may be inadvertently ruined or lost during the clean-up effort. If you have a back-up software installed, make a copy of your valuable files such as your photos, videos and other personal or work files to a back-up hard drive such as a CD, pen drive or DVD.

If all else fails then you can re-install the operating system of your computer using the discs that you received when you purchased your PC.

Preventing Cybercrime

Cybercrime prevention can be difficult, but when armed with a little technical advice and common sense it will be much easier. Through online frauds criminals are trying to make their money as quickly and easily as possible. The more difficult you make their job, the more likely they are to leave this tough target and move on to an easier target. The tips below are aimed at providing you with the basic information on how you can prevent online fraud.

- Keep your computer updated with the latest anti-virus versions and updates.

- Keep an eye on the security configuration settings of your computer

- Select strong passwords and keep them safe.

- Defend your computer with security software.

- Online offers that look too good to be true are usually frauds

- Review bank and credit card statements on a regular basis.

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Identity theft comes in many forms.

A person\92s identity can be 'borrowed' for the purpose of creating fictional credit cards or a person\92s entire identity can be usurped to the point where they can have difficulty proving that they really are who they claim to be.

Up to 18% of identity theft victims take as long as four years to realize that their identity has been stolen.

There are many ways to protect your personal identity and many steps you can take to prevent your identity from being stolen:

*Never give out unnecessary personal information
*Never provide bank details or social security numbers over the Internet
*Always remain aware of who is standing behind you when you type in your personal credit codes at ATM machines and at supermarket checkout swipe machines.