Do you dedicate a certain amount of your daily time to the internet? If the routine of logging into the virtual world is muscle memory now, you might be so involved that there’s a good chance you’re not paying attention to some of the crimes online.
We all know that downloading music, movies, and images without consent is illegal. But cyber crime is more than this. People are tempted to take advantage of the internet to commit an offense, some of which you won’t even imagine can be done electronically.
The digital world offers you several choices to make a quick buck, but before you get tempted, take a look at some of the most common internet frauds:
Phishing: Have you ever received an email saying that you’ve won a hundred thousand rupees, a visa to work for a multinational company you’ve probably never heard of, or that you’ve won a trip abroad? Before you get excited and start feeling lucky, you must understand that there’s no such thing as free money. This is basically a well-constructed scam to get an unauthorised access to your digital identity, login credentials, banking details and personal information. There are a lot of hackers out there who are waiting to use your information and commit a fraud. So, beware of the things you read and share online.
Identity theft: Here’s something for all the social butterflies in the digital world. As a method to gain access into personal information, hackers are taking advantage of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social media users who log in from their workplace. And what can they do with your information? Hackers can use your identity to steal confidential data from a company and you will be held responsible for a crime you didn’t commit.
Business transactions: In order to make life convenient, there are a number of businesses cropping up on the internet each day. Electronic communications can actually be dicey. If you are an online shopper, you need to be cautious of retail schemes that involve online stores that appear to be legitimate. While you’re filing your personal information, address, and banking details to complete the formality of the deal, there’s a good chance that you won’t receive what you’ve paid for online.
Blackmail: All things said and done on the internet, stays on the internet forever. Hackers might threaten to expose some of your private conversations, embarrassing pictures and information that was a part of your past life, for money. One of the most common cyber crimes includes hackers holding a person’s reputation in exchange for money. Whenever you want to post something online, ask yourself if you would like to see or read it 20 years from now.
Harassment: The use of electronic communication to stalk, annoy, abuse and threaten another person is becoming very common. Unknown people might send you messages just to check if you will respond to them. And don’t judge people by their display picture or profile because people can lie about such stuff. If you do respond, you’re encouraging them to send inappropriate messages to you.