This week in class we defined and discussed various types of cyber crimes that exist online, and explored tips towards how to surf the web safely. Some of the common cyber crimes that exist today include malware, phishing, spoofing, and spam. Below is a video defining each of these terms in depth.
University of Essex IT: Spam, Phishing, Spoofing, Malware and other stupid "IT" words talk
Although knowledge of such cyber crimes may be common fact to most, there remains a common misconception surrounding Macs and these invasions. Although it has been a tossed around tale that Mac users are immune to viruses, I has recently been uncovered that these tales are a myth. Nobody is complelty safe online, not even our trusted Macs.
Now, although we are all vulnerable to such things as identity theft, cyber stalking, spam and so forth. There are ways to protect ourselves from such attacks, and lower the possibility of something like this happening.
The first step for everyone would be to install a well trusted web browser. Some of the most common platforms include those of Firefox and Chrome. The second, which was mentioned in class is always surf with this saying in mind, ” Think twice, Click once”. What this means is, be cautious of what you share, and who you share it with. Keep personal information private, be suspicious of websites asking for your information, and always carefully reread any links before clicking. Below are some more common tips to keep in mind, as well as some statistic regarding cyber crime in Canada.