Cybercriminals try to trap you in many different ways. Recognize the most common cybercriminals and learn how to defeat them.
t will happen to you: a hacker makes your unique and irreplaceable computer files inaccessible and you won’t get them back until you pay a ransom. You are then a victim of ransomware.
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You get an e-mail from an (un)known sender, you click on the attached link as instructed, and you log on to the website. Cybercriminals are always inventing new ways to scam you via email. Through fake email, they entice you to open an attachment, click on a link or enter data. And they will make off with your data or install harmful software on your computer.
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CEO fraud involves criminals posing as a high-ranking manager or director. Typically, a financial administration employee receives an e-mail from the executive asking for a large sum of money to be transferred to a foreign account. There is a rush and it goes outside normal procedures.
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It’s very easy from behind a desk: sharing an embarrassing photo of someone or posting a hurtful comment. Or even worse, when the angry words come in via direct messages, making them even more invisible. But such behavior is not normal. Whether it involves yourself or another person.
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“So what are the chances of me getting hacked?” Bigger than you think: you don’t pay attention for a moment and suddenly there is malware on your laptop. Hackers often target weak spots in human behavior. Like walking into a building and pretending to work there. Or trying to make conversation by asking you about your first pet, to gather information and hack your password.
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