When dealing with cybercrime, an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure. Cybercrime in its many forms (e.g., online identity theft, financial fraud, stalking, bullying, hacking, email spoofing, information piracy and forgery and intellectual property crime) can, at best, wreak havoc in victims’ lives through major inconvenience and annoyance. At worst, cybercrime can lead to financial ruin and potentially threaten a victim’s reputation and personal safety.
It’s always wise to do as much as possible to prevent cybercrime.
One of the best ways to learn how to prevent cybercrime is to check out STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ at stopthinkconnect.org.
But, despite our best efforts, our increasingly digital lives may put us in harm’s way. The fact remains that the bad guys continue to find new uses for ever-expanding – but easily accessible – online technologies to steal, harass and commit all sorts of crime. If cybercrime happens to you, you should know what to do and be able to respond quickly.