Technology has brought an unprecedented amount of ease and comfort to our lives. From staying entertained at any given time to keep in touch with our friends and family at the touch of a button, modern technology combined with the internet has changed our lives for the better.
We even have the freedom to work remotely from anywhere in the world. This gives you the ability to move around as you wish, whether you’re traveling from city to city, or even across borders to other countries. You can now take your office with you wherever you go! The ’90s may have predicted flying cars, but they never predicted mobile offices.
Unfortunately, though, technology also has a negative side to it — cybercrime. Over the years many internet users have ignored the dangers that they face online, sticking their heads in the sand and believing that they won’t fall victim to cybercrime. However, the harsh reality is that we can’t ignore this virtual threat anymore. It’s become more dangerous than ever before, and if you don’t take action to keep your devices secure, you could face serious consequences. Keep reading to find out how you can ensure that your device remains secure at all times.
What is Cybercrime?
Firstly, let’s dive deeper into cybercrime. Cybercrime is when a hacker, also known as a cybercriminal, uses virtual channels to commit a crime against you. Virtual channels can include the majority of devices we use every day such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets.
Just like standard crimes, hackers can inflict real damage on your personal life. From fraud to identity theft, you should never undermine cybercrime just because “it’s on a device”. Remember, we have become more dependent on our devices than ever before, with all of our personal information, baking details, and passwords saved onto our devices.
So, how does a hacker access this information? The first step in the plan is a phishing attack. Phishing is a method that hackers use to install malware on your device or obtain important data from you such as login credentials or banking details. Phishing is when a hacker lures their victims into interacting with a link or attachment.
Phishing scams are usually found in emails, and hackers are using social engineering to make their emails more convincing. Social engineering is when a cybercriminal manipulates and deceives their victim into interacting with the link or attachment in their email. This is mostly done by posing as a person or company that the victim might know and trust, such as Netflix for example. By doing so, the victim won’t think twice about finding the email in their inbox, and they are more inclined to interact with it, especially if it looks urgent.
Phishing has grown beyond emails though, and these days you can even find it on social media platforms. Hackers can create fake surveys and giveaways to lure potential victims in and steal their personal information and login credentials.
Why Cybercrime is More Dangerous Than Ever
Cybercrime has become more dangerous than ever before. Not only do we rely heavily on our devices to keep all of our data secure and out of harm’s way, but there has also been a surge in cybercrime over the past two years. In 2022, we’re set for yet another record-breaking rise in cybercrime, and there are two main reasons for this.
The first reason is that more and more people are buying devices of some form. Think about all the households that do not have any kind of device. That’s right, they have become essential in our modern society. Whether it’s for school, work, or just to keep in touch with your friends and family, it’s nearly impossible to go without devices in this day and age. Many people also aren’t aware of the dangers they face only and how they can combat them.
The second reason for the spike in cybercrime is a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw millions of people around the world locked inside their homes. People had to use their devices to keep themselves entertained, check in on their close friends and family members, and even work from home.
These two reasons have one commonality which resulted in the sudden spike in successful cyberattacks worldwide — an increase in screen time. With more and more people spending time on their devices and surfing the web, cybercriminals have had far more targets than ever before. An increase in the number of users actively using their devices will naturally mean an increase in victims that fall for cybercrimes.
How to Stay Safe Online
So, with the digital world becoming ever more dangerous, how do we keep ourselves safe? The answer is cybersecurity tools, but it can be difficult to choose from the multitude of options that you have. Whichever cybersecurity tool you choose to install on your device, always make sure to use premium tools rather than free ones. Free cybersecurity tools do not offer you full protection, and they can still leave your devices at risk of being breached.
That said, the best cybersecurity tool you can invest in is premium antivirus software. Antivirus software will constantly scan your devices for any viruses and other forms of malware. If anything malicious has been detected on your device, the antivirus software can take action to remove it before it does any further damage, keeping your devices secure.
You should always keep in mind that every antivirus software is unique and has different features. It’s a good idea to invest in antivirus software that has additional features such as the ability to spot phishing scams. Some premium antivirus software has a built-in library of known phishing websites and links, which will give you an early warning before you fall victim to a cybercriminal’s trap.
Finally, you need to make sure that your device’s software and antivirus software are always kept up to date. Software updates are regularly sent out to fix any issues that have been picked up through user testing, and they are also used to implement additional features that will protect your device against new tactics that cybercriminals use to bypass your defenses.