Protect Yourself and Your Family from Cyber Crime

January 10, 2017

Almost 6 million fraud and cyber crimes were committed last year in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics—making it the most common type of crime. There are several forms of cyber risk, and anyone with internet access can be affected.

As the frequency of cyber crimes in Great Britain continues to grow, be on the lookout for these four common cyber risks for individuals and families:

  1. Identity theft: A cyber criminal steals another person’s personal information in order to access money or credit. Nearly one-third of identity theft complaints are made by young adults.
  2. Phishing: A cyber criminal tricks an email user into revealing personal information that the cyber criminal can use illegally. The email often looks like a personal email and includes links or attachments.
  3. Cyber bullying: A cyber bully posts damaging messages about another person online.
  4. Cyber predators: A cyber predator searches the internet for people to manipulate, hurt or control. Cyber predators commonly target youths and young adults.

There are things that you can do to prevent becoming a victim of cyber crime. Follow these seven tips to increase your and your family’s cyber security:

  1. Set up strong, unique passwords for all of your online accounts and devices.
  2. Protect your Wi-Fi connection with a password.
  3. Be cautious about the emails and information you read online—do not succumb to deals that sound ‘too good to be true’.
  4. Install a reputable company’s anti-virus and anti-malware software on your computer.
  5. Use a file scrubber to remove your files before you sell or recycle your old devices.
  6. Monitor and filter your children’s online activities. Use parental controls when possible.
  7. Create technology rules for your children, and post them in a visible location. Modify the rules when your children mature and have different online needs and interests.
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