What is Cybercrime:
Cybercrime refers to a range of crimes online, such as theft of personal information, fraud, and hacking. Cybercrime costs businesses and governments billions of dollars each year, and it’s a growing problem.
In 2018, cybercrime caused $445 billion in damage globally. That’s more than the global GDP of countries like Russia and Pakistan combined.
There are many types of cybercrime, but the most common are computer hacking, online fraud, and identity theft.
Cybercrime can happen to anyone, but it’s especially common in people who are vulnerable because of their age, mental health, etc.
Cybercrime Prevention :
Prevention is a proactive measure to protect your online information and assets from being stolen or accessed by unauthorized individuals. Cybercrime has been one of the fastest-growing crime types, costing businesses and individual victims billions of dollars each year.
There are several ways you can protect yourself from cybercrime:
- Educate yourself and your family about the dangers of cybercrime and how to protect yourself best.
- Install security software and keep up to date with its updates.
- Use strong passwords and keep them confidential.
- Secure your computer and mobile devices with a firewall and anti-virus software.
- Register with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to receive online safety and security tips and resources.
- Report any suspicious activity or contact your local police or cyber crime prevention center.
- Cybercrime prevention laws are in place to help protect individuals from online crimes.
Steps To Protect Your identity, Browsing, Banking, and Social Media Activities.
• Use additional security features to gain access to an account (security code, Login alert, etc.)
• Use a login notification alert.
• Allow only certain people to view your content (Videos, Photos, Friends, etc.)
• You have complete control over who can contact you. Never trust any free online content
• Do not provide personal information online to obtain something for free.
• Do not click on links contained within emails or messages
• Make your profile inaccessible to search engines.
• PROTECT YOUR WI-FI
• Modify the Wi-Fi Router’s Default Administrator Passwords and Usernames
• Create a complex password and change it at regular intervals.
• Place the Router or Access Point in a secure location.
• If not in use, turn off the network / Wi-Fi routers.
• These precautions will aid in the prevention of cybercrime against your privacy and personal information.
Protect Your Identity Online :
- Use caution when disclosing personal information on the Internet, such as your name, address, phone number, or financial information.
- Check that websites are secure (for example, when making online purchases) or that privacy settings are enabled (for example, when accessing/using social networking sites).
- Use social media to censor yourself.
- Disclosing where you’re going on vacation or activating the tracker allows identity theft to occur.
- Furthermore, be cautious about what you post online about others.
We have massive amounts of data on family, friends, and coworkers.
Be a good steward of that data.
These precautions will aid in the prevention of cybercrime involving your personal information.
In Case of an Emergency of Cybercrime.
1. Don’t get too Worried!
If you are a victim, come across illegal Internet content (e.g., child exploitation, child pornography), suspect computer cybercrime, identity theft, or a commercial scam, contact the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) or call 9911.
2. Consult your service provider or a certified computer technician if you require computer maintenance or software installation assistance.
3. You can use Legalactivist.pk Legal Consultation/Pleading Services to protect your fundamental legal rights.
Some Prominent Laws Relating to Cybercrime in Pakistan :
The Electric Transaction Ordinance, 2002
The Payment System And Electric Transfers Act, 2007
The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance, 2007
The Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-Organization) Act, 1996
The Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933
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