Cyber Crime Prevention

Cyber Crime

I would like to discuss on a very stimulating topic i.e. Cyber Crime, or in other terms the crime committed by means of computers over internet. The illicit use of computer to promote fraudulent activities like child pornography, stealing personal identifiable information or violating policies of any association, all such actions can be categorized under Cyber Crime. Most of the misconducts are triggered via Internet and its study has gained importance in recent decades, because the use of internet is seen in every sector of society like business, entertainment, medical services, sports, media industry.

Definition:

Maximum of the law-breaking cyber-criminal crooks target information that are owned by any individuals, corporations or governments. These attacks never exist in any physical form; it always takes place in virtual form. One of the major aspects of these crimes is that it can be easily committed from a remote distance in a matter of seconds and it becomes very difficult to trace evidence or punish criminals because it might require global co-operation. With the advancement of various technologies criminals can easily hide their identity physically or virtually over the internet which sometimes becomes very challenging to locate.

Different forms of Cyber Crimes:

Hacking: It is a form of crime in which criminal’s access personal or sensitive information stored in systems database belonging to any individual or organization from a remote location. The actual owner may not be aware that his confidential information is being accessed by other person. The criminals mostly use special software for such activity.

Copyright Violation: It generally takes place when someone publishes articles or content which is owned by some other people. Some others forms of illegal activity which comes under copyright infringement are downloading pirated music, movies, games and software.

Cyber Stalking: It is a form of online harassment wherein the prey or target is tortured by a series of online messages, emails.

Phishing: It is one of the major forms of cyber-crime and the people who are mostly affected is individuals who are using internet as a medium for cash transactions and other banking related services.

The criminal attempts to acquire sensitive information like username, password and credit card details to withdraw money or to purchase stuffs online illicitly.

Malicious Software: It is also known as Malware which is basically a computer code and once it runs successfully; it can give partial or full control to your computer and the criminals can easily access any sensitive information or can damage your data.

Child abuse: This is also one of the major forms of cyber-crimes wherein criminals forces minors via chat or emails for any adult or pornographic act

Preventative measures of cyber-crime:

It is a phenomenal task to tackle with cyber-crime. However, I would like to highlight few tips to my friends which they should always follow.

Strong Password: Always use altered ID/password for various accounts that you own and never make mistake of writing it down physically over a piece of paper. You should always change your password regularly and make sure your device is fully protected and secured.

Use Social media sites cautiously: Be sensible while posting anything on social media sites. Once, the content is live on internet, it stays there forever!

Protect your personal identifiable information: Be careful while revealing any personal information such as name, address, phone number or financial information over the internet. Always prefer secure website for online transactions.

Avoid being scammed: Think multiple times before you click any link which asks you for any personal information. Please verify the source, and never reply to such fraudulent emails.

Call the right person for help: Never Panic! In case you are duped or come across illegal online content or suspect any fraudulent activity like commercial spam. Please report to your local police or if you need to secure your computer system, try to consult certified computer professional.

Dealing With Cyber Crime

Like it’s coming from nowhere. You are not at all aware of it. But in a slow and cruel way it crawls through our privacy. Cyber crime is what we call it. Another complicacy from modern technology. Our children are bullied. Sometimes they keep it hide from us. Leads to further complication. Even things sometimes ended up in suicide.

Cyber crime, as a devastating and easiest way of crime, has an adverse impact on the individual and society in at large. And with its wide variety it has appeared as a Frankenstein in front of us. It sometimes uses computer as a mere instrument aiming to attack an individual. Or sometimes these mere instruments itself becomes the very victim by the tech genius.

Yes! Genius you have to tell them. Because the expertise knowledge you need to attack a computer is something very critical. Surprisingly children from 14 to young age of 25 are covered the most criminals in this field. The question is why it happened to be so easy?

The great advantage of the computer is the ability to storage data in a small space, becomes a curse as a result of cyber crime. Easy accessibility is the curse. Through the complicated codes the cyber criminal search for a loophole of human fault. Sometimes they use sophisticated but brilliantly made logical program and attack.

And see the wide variety of the way. E-mail bombing, logic bomb, Salami attack, Denial service attack, Virus attack, theft of data, Web jacking, and the latest hacking and what not. Crimes are evolving in an increasing number. Within a short time it is destroying the financial information of banks and other institution dealing with money. Harassment via e-mails is a common phenomenon and women are the primary victim of this crime. While children are the helpless victim of cyber stalking. Dissemination of obscene material, pornographic element entangled them like a spider web. Unauthorized access over computer system causes indecent exposure.

Not only the individual or financial institutions even the state is facing the danger. And when we talk about its threat to the state mechanism it is not enough to term it as a mere crime. It becomes cyber terrorism collapsing the state security, threatening the Official functionality, violating the government structures established by law. The terrorism against humanity, the social harmony is disrupted spreading religious, racial, language and regional group or caste hatred. The total social balance falls in a tremendous crisis.

From the very beginning of its evolving cyber crime has been overshadowing the field of innovation and intellect. Intellectual property right becomes something of extinct species. Software piracy, copyright infringement, trademark and service mark violation, theft of Computer source code and what not.

Laws have been introduced and enforced in reaction. Government of different states taking steps even synchronized method is adopted to protect cyber crime but at the end of the day, a greater social consciousness is the only way to get it at an end. Keeping information pertaining to one’s self is the first to do to avoid cyber-stalking. Making your children aware of cyber crime is a priority. Particularly to strangers and chat friends as these photographs are used as a tool of obscene defamation. We need to alert them not to send any photograph online. We should keep a watch on the sites that our children are accessing to prevent any kind of harassment or deprivation in children latest and update antivirus software are something must depend on. Technology is the only option to protect yourself from technological threat. Keeping backup should never be forgotten to avoid data loss in case of virus contamination. We should be cautious in sending credit card number to any site that is not secured to guard against frauds. It is better to use a security program that gives control over the cookies other functionalities. And most of all remembering the old proverb, ‘Prevention is better than the cure’