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What is Cybercrime? Types and Prevention Tips!

Cybercrime has attacked over 422 million individuals, so far. Thus, you must clearly know the types of cyberattacks and prevention tips to protect yourself!

What is Cybercrime? Types and Prevention Tips!

The following 2023 cybercrime statistics will raise your alarm!

● At least 422 million people have been affected by cybercrime

● There are around 2328 cyber crimes per day, equivalent to 97 victims per hour and an attack every 39 seconds.

● From 2001 to 2021, cybercrimes led to an estimated loss of $26 billion - over the same period.

It’s high time to clearly understand the types of cybercrime and how to prevent them!

5 main cybercrime types

Cyber attackers can harm you in many ways, but there are five noteworthy examples.

Malware: Malware, described as written code to steal data or damage files on a computer, refers to a variety of cyberattacks such as Trojans, viruses, and worms.

Phishing: Phishing usually masquerades as an information request from a respectable third party. Attackers may ask you to click on a website and provide personal information and use it to hack your money or blackmail you.

DDoS Attack: A denial-of-service (DoS) attack, as the name suggests, aims to impair network service. Attackers flood the network with data until it overloads and fails.

Website Spoofing: Website spoofing occurs when a website is created to look like a reputable one in order to trick you into thinking it is legitimate.

IoT (Internet of Things) Hacking: The IoT is a brave new world that has given the web access to insights into our daily routines and commercial activities. All of these internet-connected devices are gathering and exchanging information.

Common signs of cyberattacks

Unusual database activity can provide hints as to whether you've been hacked. Database access that occurs before or after usual business hours or originates from unfamiliar locations should be monitored.

● Emails purportedly from the company's domain or individual emails

● A system lockout or the discovery of uninvited password changes

● A network that operates at a slower-than-normal rate.

● The existence of bothersome advertisements, pop-ups, computer crashes, malware alerts, and so forth.

Tips to prevent cybercrime

Although various types of cyberattacks can harm you in different ways, here are the best practices to protect yourself on the Internet.

● Have a firewall in place to secure your devices

● Never install strange software

● Be cautious when browsing web pages.

● Emails that are suspicious should be flagged and reported.

● Never click on strange links or advertisements.

● Whenever feasible, use a VPN.

● Before entering credentials, be sure the website is secure.

● Updating antivirus and application systems

● Give away personal information only if the source can be trusted

● Check that all of your software is up to date

● Change and vary your passwords on a frequent basis

● Avoid using public WiFi

● Keep personal data off the cloud

● Always keep a backup of your data

How can a private investigator help fight cybercrime?

If you suspect dangerous cybercrime or are, unfortunately, a victim, you can hire private investigators to investigate further.

Accordingly, the investigators can do the following tasks:

● Monitoring risky online activity using surveillance techniques

● Investigating Internet data sources

● Performing Suspect identification

● Reporting and providing evidence to trace and suit the cyber attackers

Contact us at Singapore's Best Private Investigators and get connected with certified and experienced investigator Vincent Tan!


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