When it comes to cybercrime, borders mean nothing to criminals and every Internet user is a potential target for money scams, anonymous threats and identity theft. Prevention is key, and with that in mind here are a few things you can do to keep you and your loved ones safe from online crime.
SECURE YOUR COMPUTER AND PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY
Set up your computer’s firewall to block untrustworthy connections. Choose strong passwords, and don’t give out personal or financial information online. Log out of secure websites. Install an up-to-date anti-virus system and anti-spyware software; make sure they’re updated frequently.
EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT THE DANGERS OF THE INTERNET
Remind children not to give out any personal information — not even their full names— when they use social media.Teach them to ask for your permission before arranging to meet up with someone they got to know online.When they’re old enough, be sure they understand the dangers of posting sexually suggestive or nude pictures.
BE CAUTIOUS WHEN USING SOCIAL MEDIA
If you experience identity theft or any other kind of Internet fraud, contact your local police department. And if you encounter any content that features child exploitation, alert the police or report it at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Untied States, cybertip.org. In Canada, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s reporting hotline, Cybertip.ca.
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