Cyber-crime is a fast-growing area of crime; this is according to the SAPS.
More and more criminals are exploiting the speed, convenience and anonymity of the Internet to commit a diverse range of criminal activities that know no borders, either physical or virtual.
These crimes can be divided into the following three broad areas:
- Attacks against computer hardware and software, for example, botnets, malware and network intrusion
- Financial crimes and corruption, such as online fraud, penetration of online financial services and phishing
- Abuse in the form of grooming or ‘”sexploitation”, especially crimes against children
The SAPS has compiled the top 10 cyber-crime prevention tips, to help residents to avoid becoming a victim of such crime.
- Use strong passwords – use different user ID/password combinations for different accounts and avoid writing them down. Make the passwords more complicated by combining letters, numbers, special characters (a minimum of 10 characters in total) and change them regularly.
- Secure your computer