10 Ways to Prevent Cyber Crime And Internet Fraud In Nigeria

10 Ways to Prevent Cyber Crime And Internet Fraud In Nigeria

How to prevent cyber crime

Have you been a victim of Cyber-crime before? Do you want to know how it can be prevented? High-profile cyber attacks on companies such as Target and Sears have raised awareness of the growing threat of cyber crime.

10 Ways to Prevent Cyber Crime And Internet Fraud In Nigeria

Recent surveys conducted by the Small Business Authority, Symantec, Kaspersky Lab and the National Cybersecurity Alliance suggest that many small business owners are still operating under a false sense of cyber security. Here are Top 10 ways by which cyber crime can be prevented.

  1. Don’t click on e-mailed links-

    Instead, type the website URL directly into the web browser’s address bar, or search for the site using a search engine like Google.

  2. Secure your Mobile Devices and Protect your data

    Be aware that your mobile device is vulnerable to viruses and hackers. Download applications from trusted sources.Install the latest operating system updates. Keep your applications and operating system (e.g. Windows, Mac, Linux) current with the latest system updates.

Turn on automatic updates to prevent potential attacks on older software.Use encryption for your most sensitive files such as tax returns or financial records. Make regular back-ups of all your important data, and store it in another location

  1. Keep computers patched and up to date-

    This includes operating systems like Windows and iOS, and applications such as Adobe and Java. Keep antivirus software up to date on all devices, including phones.

  2. Clean your desktop

    And your desk. Lock your screen whenever you leave your workstation or office so no one can see what it displays. When you leave work for the day, lock all paperwork in your file cabinets. Everyone has a smartphone camera today, and though cleaning crews and others are typically well vetted, you should be cautious.

  3. Double check your work-

    Breaches can easily occur due to simple miscommunication. For example, someone within a company thinks another person has changed the password – and vice versa.

  4. Use different passwords for different sites-

    For personal use, consider using a password tool that allows you to set different passwords for each site you frequent, while only requiring you to remember one strong password.

  5. Beware of phishing scams-

    Unlike common spam, a phishing e-mail is after personal data and will likely have a sense of urgency, asking you to click here, act right away – the offer is time limited. Delete any e-mails that don’t sound right to you.

  6. Avoid oversharing-

    The most common consumer threat today is social engineering in unexpected places like Facebook. Don’t answer questions on where you went to school, whether you have ever done something or what your nickname is. This information can be used to break into your accounts.

  7. Consider turning Siri off

And Amazon Echo, Alexa and all the new devices that are listening and recording. You need to have a healthy suspicion of where this data is going. It might not be going where you think it is.

10. Call the right person for help-

Don’t panic! If you are a victim, if you encounter illegal Internet content (e.g. child exploitation) or if you suspect a computer crime, identity theft or a commercial scam, report this to your local police. If you need help with maintenance or software installation on your computer, consult with your service provider or a certified computer technician.

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