Tips for Lessening Your Risk of Becoming a Victim of Computer Crimes

What are Computer Crimes?

Computer crimes are just one way that identity theft criminals can commit identity theft. Computer crimes involving identity theft can really escalate your risk of identity theft. Think about it. The World Wide Web has really made the world seem a lot less small. Identity theft criminals in any region of the world can commit identity theft via computer crimes as long as they have an Internet connection. No longer are criminals limited by geography or circumstance. The World Wide Web has greatly increased the likelihood of identity theft to occur as the result of computer crimes.

The Identity Theft Arena of Computer Crimes

Computer crimes essentially refer to criminal activity that involves the use of a computer or computer network to commit a crime. Computer crimes can even include criminal activity such as blackmail if a computer is used to commit blackmail. For the purposes of this article, we are going to focus on computer crimes that involve identity theft.

Minimize Your Risk

If you own a personal computer at home, you need to take steps to minimize the likelihood that you will become the victim of computer crimes involving identity theft. It is absolutely essential that you install firewall software on your computer and update it regularly. For extra security you can even purchase a router which is an external piece of computer hardware that handles the incoming internet traffic to your computer. An identity theft criminal would have to get through your router before gaining access to your computer, and it would be that much more difficult for the person to be successful.

Be careful about what emails you choose to respond to. Sometimes computer crimes are committed because criminals can easily get the participation of their victims through deceit. They might send you an email that looks like it is coming from your bank or credit card company. They will alert you to a “problem” with your account and ask you to log in to correct the account. They can use your login to gain access to your actual account. Never respond to an unsolicited email even if it appears to be from your bank or credit card company. Call the company directly and ask them if they need more information from you or if there is, in fact, an actual problem with your account. Companies usually don’t ask customers to provide login or other personal information via email. If you refrain from responding to unsolicited emails you can really lessen your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft via computer crimes.

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