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How to prevent cyber crime?

It can be impossible to prevent cyber crime altogether. However, there are several precautions you can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of cyber crime. Some examples of precautions you can take to prevent cyber crime include:

  1. Use strong passwords. Make sure your passwords use a combination of at least ten letters, numbers and symbols. Furthermore, don’t use the same password across several sites and change your password regularly.
  2. Enable two-factor authentication. You can enable two-factor authentication on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. This form of protection can confirm a user’s identity by asking for a password and sending a confirmation code via email or text message to verify that it’s themselves who’s attempting to log in.
  3. Consider sharing less online. If you share your birth date, pet name, the place where you live, among others, it’s easier for a criminal to steal your identity.
  4. Make sure you use secure websites when you’re doing online shopping. The tell-tell sign for a secure website is the little padlock in the search bar.
  5. Only conduct online shopping on well-known sites. For example, if you’re booking flights for a holiday on a website that you’ve never heard of before, do a bit of research to make sure the company is legitimate.
  6. Set up a filter or block for any spam mail coming into your email account.
  7. Don’t open any strange text messages or emails
  8. Put an adult block on your computer. This block can restrict access to any illegal sites that may host malware or spyware.
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