Till now, you have heard and got warnings about cybercrimes like Data breaches, ransomware, malware, and phishing attacks, but now hackers have even started targeting appliances like Wi-Fi light bulbs and smart locks. You have never thought that hackers may attack an appliance like refrigerator and can use it against you. It is also a cybercrime if someone hacks into a light bulb or a smart appliance. Stalking and tracking someone online is a crime called cyberstalking. Other than this, there are two other crimes that are spreading online. So you really need to be aware about such crimes as knowledge is power in order to keep your family and friends safe in such pesky situation.

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Cyberstalking

cyberstalking

The internet is an open place for all and it gives equal opportunities to all of its users. It gives a number of creepy tools to harass, stalk, and steal information from online users. Using these creepy tools, hackers could potentially go after you online. Although you may not stay completely off of tracker’s or stalker’s radar, but there are a few ways that may work well for you to fight back against any of such attempt including:

  • Secure your webcam – You are at a high risk if your webcam, IP camera or anything else with a camera is connected to the internet. Hackers may easily hunt down your IP camera’s internet address with enough know-how. Once hackers are able of figuring out where your camera is located, they can watch your every move. So to protect yourself from people spying on you the best you can do is, don’t leave the loopholes so that hackers can access your device and network.
  • Keeping your protection enacted while you’re on social media – Social media is the easiest platform not only for the user to share something online, but for the hackers also to follow almost anyone online. To follow someone, you don’t need to hack his/her account, you can  stalk someone online using their name, a few accounts on social media sites, and general location. Using the step-by-step directions, it is not a tough task to counter stalkers on social media.  Perform a privacy checkup while using any social media app to lock away your apps from the people you don’t know.
  • Don’t post and share photo with geotags – Almost every camera phone asks you to access the location while taking picture and when you share that picture directly, it gets easy for intruders and hackers to know details about the time and location when you took the shot. Stalkers can know and use the secret data stored on your pictures to track you. Although GPS is a great tool, but it may secretly write location data for every single click. To keep your entire information safe, you can use apps to remove geo location data from your photos.

Cyberbullying

There are many people out there who saturate the internet with meaningless discussion and inflammatory comments to troll people or distract others or even get indulge in a verbal fight. There are some cynical people who stretch the conversation endlessly to get their point across, even though they sound ridiculous. Many of you may have experienced it on social media that people are bulling each other.

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Cyberbullying is, when you are trolling someone extremely using the electronic media for bullying. The cyberbully typically is practice of sending threatening and intimidating messages to the victims. If this is happening with your kids or even with you, it may lead to depression low self-esteem, and even suicide. Kids are very sensitive and they are at high risk of being cyberbullied. With a little awareness, you can avoid such things and keep your children safe.

  • Have conversations with your kids – To reduce the affect of cyberbullying or avoiding it, it is a better practice to have open discussions with your kids about cyberbullying on a regular basis. Take them in confidence that they are safe and you are always with them whenever they need. Make them understand that they should tell you immediately if they, or some of their known friends are being cyberbullied.
  • Keep monitoring their online activity – For the safety of your kids, you need to watchful what your kids are watching online. Install parental control filtering programs and software to know what sites your kids are visiting online.
  • Keep the account login details of your children- Ask your children to share their passwords with you so that you can use them to track their activities.
  • Add or follow them on social media – Adding your kids in your account or following them will be helpful in knowing about their activities and if some has tried to bullied them.
  • Educate them about technology rules – Teach them how make appropriate use of technologies and devices like Internet, computers, phones and other gadgets. Keep an eye on what they visit and post online. Make them understand if they post something very personal or embarrassing, people may misuse it and they cannot do anything about it.

False identity

Many of you have come across some fake profiles online. Many a times, It happens on social media that pranksters create a profile impersonating a famous personality to play prank with people. Some of pranksters are so devious that they cross all limits to fool people. Phishing attacks are another type of online impersonation. Phishing is an act when attackers send an email or media crafted in a way that it look like as if it is coming from a legitimate institution or source, but in fact it a phishing attempt that your steal sensitive data.

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Many of you may have experienced or witnessed such phishing attacks multiple times in previous years also. They often trap you by saying that something went wrong with your account and to access your app or file, you need to log into the site, using the link they provided. However, the link they provide is malicious and when you click on it and fill the details to sign in, attackers get your credentials. Here are a few things that you need to look for:

  • In-body links – Remember that any legitimate company will not provide links for security issues. If there is any problem, you will be asked to directly visit the company’s website and fill up your information there. To crosscheck where the in-body link redirect you, hove he mouse over the link. You will find that it actually is a source to infect your device with dangerous malware.
  • Formatting – The pattern and the format of an email says a lot about it. Check that if paragraphs in the body of the email have the same format. Are there extra spaces? Are there some random words that are bold? Are there senseless images have been included? If you noticed such signs, there are the chances that something phish stuff there.
  • Grammar – If you receive an Email send by a company that occasionally send out an email will leave some errors no matter how much it gets proofread. There may be grammar errors in a legitimate email also, but it’s rare to find. But in case of phishing emails, it include glaring and obvious mistakes that anyone can detect easily even if one is not a copy writer or editor. You can catch without being a copy editor. Wrong capitalization, awkward phrases, and missing punctuation are a few hints that may make an email suspicious.
  • Non-corporate phrases – Whenever you receive any corporate email, experts write it formally in professional manner. So if you receive one that ends with “God bless you” create a scope for doubt as it is not an email that your uncle or aunt is sending you. Any corporation, be it a startup or multibillion-dollar international company isn’t going to risk offending anyone. So be really watchful what you receive and what you access.

Don’t get involved in any unethical activity including trolling anyone on social media as it may put you to risk also. While sharing something on social media, verify that you are safe and don’t click on unknown attachments or links. If you are already facing any problem of virus or hacking or attack of intrusive entities, you can call the technicians of PCTECH24 for the instant help. Here, technicians are round the clock available to install the security software or any other software on your device.

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