Getting a job in general is hard enough. The internet allows anyone in any place in the world to connect with others.
Telecommuting started this ability to responsibly do your work from a remote location. The internet however radically changed our options Through the internet we can access mail, send invoices, collaborate on projects long distance just to name a few of the options. The internet has also invited one more thing: crime.
Crime is something that we unfortunately accept as a by product for human nature and society. Off line crime seems to result in a faster response time than cybercrime.
For the purpose of this article cybercrime is defined as any act of aggression to another person, and property. For instance, the expression injurious and libelous messages of another individual especially when you know in real life you would not be able to get away with. Stealing another's property be it intellectual or their sales.
When encountering cybercrime it makes you wonder if the person who does these things online is in reality a predator in real life. It seems that people who carry out these types of crimes believe that they are free from being identified off line and therefore they have a free pass to rampage through the internet injuring people.
The dangers that these crimes pose are monumental, it seems that all of the countries are attempting to do things about it. A lot more needs to be done.
The internet is used for job hunting, sales and information. These same services are available offline, however everyone knows that the best responses are coming from the internet.
What can be done to protect yourself from inviting cybercrime?
- Know that there are still no 100% fail proof protection methods. With virus protection, and data protection, reputation management cybercriminals still seem to be on the move. They seem to act in groups which makes it a bit harder to track them down, and companies seem to take a don't get involved stance on the issues which makes it worse.
- Use due diligence. Try and stay safety savvy as if you are offline. Clear your cookies, report offenses to you and your property to the authorities. Hopefully with enough people making complaints these attacks can eventually be dealt with.
- Rally the politicians. Politicians are your neighbors, some of them may actually be your friends. Ask them to get more knowledgeable people to work with the communities.
- Move to a cybercrimes friendly precinct. They may exist, if not work with your precinct to find consultants who can do pro bono work to help the community.
- Know your rights. In the offline world if someone calls you names and sends you harassing messages etc that would warrant some action. If you report the crime offline, and the person intimidates you that is a crime too. Learn what laws may be applicable to cybercrimes even if they are not current laws in your area.
- Use old school methods of protection. In real life you would not leave your property unattended, so while you are online, do the same. Make sure you are careful with your passwords, email address and more. Try to make it hard for the cybercriminals to get the information they are looking for.
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