What is Cybercrime?

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With the growth of the internet, social media, online-shopping and banking and connected devices, Cybercrime has become a powerful tool for criminal organisations and individuals. 

Cybercrime is a broad ranging term used to discuss criminal activity involving computers and/or networks (including the worlds largest network, the Internet).

Cybercrime is not limited to large criminal organisations. It includes crimes commited at much more personal levels such as bullying, identity theft or stalking. 

Cybercrime includes, but is not limited to:

  • Theft of Personal data
  • Cyber-Bullying
  • Fraud
  • Cyber-Stalking
  • Copyright theft or infringement
  • Child Abuse
  • Scam emails

There are many tools and methods for carrying out cyber crime, including scam emails, phishing emails, bogus websites, card skimming devices and computer viruses.   In most cases, you can keep yourself safe from cyber crime by being aware of the type of threats that are out there, and using trusted resources and tools to protect you. A few simple steps can go a long way to staying safe and protected.

Am I at risk of Cybercrime?

If you own a computer, smartphone, tablet, credit or debit card, unfortunately the answer is yes. Please check back regularly for updates, and also, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook for useful tips and advice.

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