You can’t control whether someone engages in cybercrime. However, you can control how you choose to protect yourself. That being said, knowing how to protect your personal information is key.
The following are the three simple tips you can follow to prevent cybercrime:
- Educate yourself: Knowing the latest cybercrime schemes is key to controlling cybercrime. Think about phishing. It’s a newer phenomenon than some other cybercrime ploys, but is incredibly prevalent today. If you read up on the latest phishing schemes, you’re more likely to recognize if someone tries to trick you.
- Practice safe clicking habits: Before you click on a link or attachment, be sure you know exactly what it is. If you don’t know what it is or if it didn’t come from someone you know, don’t click.
- Use strong passwords: This one may seem obvious, but it’s so simple. Don’t use obvious words or phrases as your passwords, like your last name or your birthday. Even if you have complicated passwords, be sure you change them every few months. The best practice is to avoid using the same password for every account too.
There are other, more advanced strategies you can implement. However, even these basic steps are a simple way for you to control cybercrime and protect yourself.