Thursday, 11 September 2019

Kroonstad: The term ‘Cyber Crime’ is actually misleading as it refers to a method and not a crime. Cyber Crime is the using of a computer or the internet to commit any crime.

The crimes committed and investigated by the SAPS is things like theft, fraud, extortion, assault, and a host of statutory offences.

The biggest threat with regard to Cybercrime is the fact that communication in this medium, be it through social media, e-mail or even voice, is done anonymously.

If you speak to a person that you have never met before, you will never be able to guess their age, background or intention through online communication.

It is therefore that many people become the victim of exploitation or extortion. It is a well-known fact that constant hacking attacks are launched against platforms like facebook, instagram and e-mail clients.

This leads to accounts being ‘hacked’ and can individuals or companies lose a loss of private data. It is a well-known fact that constant hacking attacks are launched against platforms like facebook, instagram and e-mail clients.

This leads to accounts being ‘hacked’ and can individuals or companies lose a loss of private data.

Here are some tips to keep you safe during your interaction with the online world: 

  • Use strong passwords on all your accounts – short/weak passwords can be by-passed very easily rendering your system open. This is also true on you cellphone.
  • Use a trusted and updated anti-virus program on your computer as well as your phone.
  • Do not visit questionable websites like pornography sites, this is known sites to upload viruses, backdoors and other exploitation onto computers. This is especially true for those who value their data.
  • Heed the warnings issued by banks. Remember, banks will never ask for your identity number, banking detail, pin codes etc. Those are things they should have.
  • Do not shop online if the supplier is not known or trusted. Never do an online transaction in a non-secure environment.