Cyber-crime is any illegal activity that involves computers and a network. The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target.

A National Audit Office report published in 2013 suggested that the cost of cyber-crime to the United Kingdom costs around £27 billion every year. Hackers are getting more sophisticated in how they access your sensitive information. Their goal is to gain unauthorised access to your data using methods such as phishing and cyber-attacks.

Here are some methods that hackers use:

Fake wireless access points – Anyone using a piece of software and a wireless network card can advertise their computer as an available wireless access point, which is then connected to the real, legitimate WAP in a public location.

Always protect confidential information sent over a wireless network. Consider using a VPN connection which protects all your communications.

Cookie theftWhen a hacker steals your cookies, they assume your identity which is an increasingly frequent occurrence. They become authenticated to your websites as if they are you, as if you had supplied a valid log-on name and password.

Even encrypted cookies can be stolen. Only connect to websites that are secure.

Bait & switch – At first you are downloading or running one thing, which will last for a short amount of time, but then it is switched out with a malicious item.

Beware of any link to any content not under your direct control because it can be switched out on a moment’s notice without your consent.

According to this report, 8% of UK businesses have experienced at least one type of cyber-crime. On a more positive note, those who had suffered some form of cyber-crime said the experience had shocked them into becoming more secure, with almost half (45%) opting for stronger passwords and 42% saying they were now more vigilant.

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