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Cyber crime is one of the fastest growing areas of crime. Our daily lives, economic growth, and national security depend on a stable, safe, and resilient cyberspace. We rely on this vast array of networks to communicate and travel, power our homes and run our economy. Yet cyber crimes have increased over the last decade, exposing sensitive personal and business information, disrupting critical operations, and imposing high costs on the economy. More and more criminals are exploiting the speed, convenience and anonymity that modern technologies offer in order to commit a diverse range of criminal activities. These include attacks against computer data and systems, identity theft, as well as the deployment of viruses, and various email scams such as phishing. Additionally, the threat of terrorism forces authorities to address security vulnerabilities related to information technology infrastructure such as power plants, electrical grids, information systems and the computer systems of government and major companies. Cyber crime even encompasses the realms of cyber bullies and cyber predators.
Although cyber crime is a serious concern, learning about the risks is the first step to protecting yourself. Explore the information below to learn more about what you can do to stay safe online.
While cyber crime encompasses a number of different areas, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family before an incident occurs.
The following are immediate actions to take if you encounter instances of cyber crime:
There are steps you can take after an incident of cyber crime to help prevent becoming a victim a second time.
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