Cybercrime: An Emerging Threat

In this modern world, it's almost impossible to live without Phones and the Internet. We cannot deny the fact that the internet has become an Integral Part of our Daily Life. Most of us use social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and others.


The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation's (MIDC) server was Recently hacked on Tuesday(30th March 2021). The hacker also demanded Rs 500 crores. MIDC's 16 branch offices were forced to lock their doors after the server was compromised. The hackers have threatened to erase all of the data and kill the computer unless money is paid to them.


What is Cybercrime?

Cyberspace connects us virtually with crores of online users across the globe. Cybercrime is defined as criminal activity involving a computer, a computer network, or a networked device.


Most, but not always, cybercrime is committed by money cybercriminals, or hackers. Individuals or organizations may commit cybercrime.


Examples of Cybercrime: -

1) Phishing is the practice of sending out false email addresses in order to obtain sensitive information from internet users.

2) Unauthorized use of personal details (i.e., identity theft);

3)Shutting down or misusing websites or computer networks is referred to as hacking.

4)Inciting terrorism and promoting hatred

5)Distributing pornography aimed at children; Having sexual advances to minors is known as grooming.

6)Cyber Crime in Banking, Example Withdrawing money From a person's account without his Consent.



Ways to Prevent CyberCrime:-

In Order to Stop CyberCrime, we need to take Certain Precautions and use our Social Media Account Safely.


1)Use a Strong Password and a Password Manager

Numbers, words, upper and lowercase letters, and special characters must all be included in your password. A hacker would have a difficult time cracking your password if you use a good password. At least once a month, change your password.



2)Look up your Privacy Settings 

Look up your Privacy Settings  You will restrict your audience to all social media channels. Many people, however, are unaware of its significance. Any consumer should investigate, test, and review those options. For your accounts, you can even set up security questions.

Using questions that are difficult for anyone to think about instead of simple questions like "What is your  best friend's name?" 

3)Enable Two Factor Authentication

It will provide them with an additional layer of security. When someone signs into your account from a different site, laptop, or computer, you will receive an email with a password that must be entered to access your social media account.



4)For Transactions Use Two Devices

When we try to send money, we normally do it from our computer, and we receive the OTP on the phone as well. But, if we use a laptop for the transaction and a phone for the OTP, the hacker would have a tough time accessing both our Devices.


5)Think Before You Share

Avoid exchanging personal information online because hackers and data mining firms value your information, which includes your email address, phone number, and social security number. Take a look at your social media profiles and try to keep them barren . Make sure you Dont Share your Password with any Unknown Person.


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