cybercrime. Access to your personal information is what gives hackers the power to tap into your
accounts and steal your money or your identity. But the right information can also empower you to protect
yourself from being caught up in the thriving industry that is cybercrime.
With that in mind, here is our Top 10 list of steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime.
yourself about the types of scams that exist on the Internet and how to avert them, you are putting
yourself one step ahead of the cybercriminals.Since phishing is prevalent, read up on the latest phishing
2) Use a firewall - Firewalls monitor traffic between your computer or network and the Internet and
serve as a great first line of defense when it comes to keeping intruders out. Make sure to use the
firewall that comes with your security software. And if you have a home wireless network, enable the
firewall that comes with your router.
careful not to click on any links in messages from people you don’t know. The link could take you to a
fake website that asks for your private information, such as user names and passwords, or it could
download malware onto your computer. Even if the message is from someone you know, be cautious.
Some viruses replicate and spread through email, so look for information that indicates that the
message is legitimate.
websites that ask for your personal information and pages that contain malware. Use a search engine
to help you navigate to the correct web address since it will correct misspellings. That way, you won’t
wind up on a fake page at a commonly misspelled address. (Creating a phony site at an address
similar to the real site is called “typosquatting,” and it is a fairly common scam.) You may also want
you shop online. Be cautious when shopping at a site that you’ve never visited before and do a little
investigation before you enter your payment information. Look for a trustmark, such as McAfee
SECURE™, to tell you if a site is safe. And when you’re on a payment page, look for the lock
You also want to look at the address bar to see if the site starts with “https://” instead of “http://”
because this is another way to see if the site uses encryption. When it comes time to pay, use a
wide variety of ways to access your system and information, you need comprehensive security
software that can protect you from all angles. Software like McAfee® SecurityCenter, available preloaded
on Dell™ PCs, can help protect you from malware, phishing, spyware, and other common and
emerging threats. Just make sure that you keep your security software up to date by selecting the automatic update function on your security control panel. And don’t forget to perform regular scans.
You also want to update your operating system (OS) and browser with the latest security patches. If
you are a Microsoft Windows user, you can enable automatic updates to keep your OS safe.
wireless network. You can keep the hackers out by enabling the firewall on your router and changing
the router’s administrator password. Cybercriminals often know the default passwords and they can
use them to hack into your network. You may also want to set up your router so it only allows
reference your birthday, middle name, or pet’s name, these kinds of passwords also make it easy for
hackers. Strong passwords can go a long way in helping secure your information, so choose a
password that is at least 10 characters long and consists of a combination of letters, numbers and
special characters. Also consider changing your password periodically to reduce the likelihood of it
people make such as responding to spam and downloading attachments from people they don’t
know. So, use common sense whenever you’re on the Internet. Never post personal information
online or share sensitive information such as your social security number and credit card number.
Exercise caution when clicking on any links or downloading any programs.
any new tricks and be proactive about your safety. Backup your data regularly in case anything goes
wrong, and monitor your accounts and credit reports to make sure that a hacker has not stolen your
information or identity.
Although protecting yourself does take some effort, remember that there are a lot of resources and tools
to help you. And by adopting a few precautions and best practices, you can help keep cybercrime from