The other day my friend found out that her email had been hacked. Someone had taken her email address and password and created accounts in her name and then, from that, opened several accounts and started to spend.
She only found out because her bank got in touch. To say I was freaked out by this is an understatement, I didn’t even know it was a thing. And then I thought about how I could put the whole worrying event in a book. Ha!
I almost did, but cyber crime has got me a little fascinated and I did a bit of research into how big of a deal it is.
Turns out it’s a pretty big deal.
So before I show you just how big a deal, keep in mind these three points when you’re online to stay safe.
Don’t Be Too Trusting
To start with, you have to make sure that you’re protecting yourself when you’re online. I know it sounds obvious, but do you really know that person in the writing forum? Do you really want to share all that stuff on social media? It’s really easy to trust people and to think that you’ve made a friend or that you and your activity are safe. But that might not be the case. And so, it’s essential that you’re cautious online and that you’re not revealing too much information, for your own security.
Protect Your Data
Another thing that you might not be aware of, is data. Whenever you’re online, you may be putting your data into different websites – including where you live, information about yourself, and even your bank details. And you want to trust that the data is kept safe. So, either look out for the security sign on the URL bar or just be wary of what information you enter online.
Avoid Cyber Crime
Finally, it’s important to recognise that cyber crime takes place every single day. Even if you feel like you’re not at risk of being hacked, you might be. Therefore, it’s important for you to know as much about it as possible, and how to stay safe.
And now, to really freak you out like I was, and learn more about cyber crime and it’s infrastructure, take a look at the info-graphic below.
Might be good for keeping you safe online, or for some handy research for that next crime novel you’re working on!
Infographic Design By Norwich University