CYBER SECURITY AND CRIME
All internet users are subject to become victims of cyber crime but teenagers often take part in more unsafe behaviour that can expose them to such threats. Actions such as downloading pirated content or accessing unsecured sites can open your network up to more viruses, malware or hacks. There are anti-hoax sites now available for people to check out strange offers or requests before they risk opening them. An example of this service is www.snopes.com.
Identity spoofing is a common problem that occurs on social networks. These outlets encourage teens to share personal information about themselves which can expose them to identity theft.
Teenage years are also the time when young adults start to make personal purchases on their own and start engaging with online shopping. This opens up more issues of credit card fraud or data theft. Making purchases online require disclosing your full name, address, along with a payment card number. Hackers are constantly looking for ways of accessing this sort of information. A smart solution for this is to use prepaid credit cards when purchasing goods online. This will not only help with avoiding data theft, but it is also good practice for controlling spending habits.
A recent example of a lapse in internet security is “the heartbleed bug”. It targets encryption technologies that are suppose to protect emails, instant messaging and e-commerce against hackers. Researchers believe that the heartbleed bug has been going undetected for over two years now and has exposed millions of people’s credit card numbers and passwords. A software was just released earlier this week to help fix the problem. You can read more on the heartbleed bug here: http://www.cp24.com/world/heartbleed-bug-exposes-passwords-to-potential-theft-1.1767616#ixzz2yOnRGDNv
Here are some tips:
- Use prepaid cards not only to protect yourself from credit card fraud on higher limit cards as well as a way to manage your spending
- Do not open any emails or ads that are from an unknown sender or look suspicious
- use anti-virus software
- use passphrase or alphanumeric passwords
- change passwords regularly and do not repeat passwords for different logins.
Cross, Emma J. “Cyber Security: Special Issues for Teens.” MediaSmarts. N.p., 2012. Web. 13 Apr. 2014. http://mediasmarts.ca/cyber-security/cyber-security-special-issues-teens
Liedtke, Michael. “‘Heartbleed’ Bug Exposes Passwords to Potential Theft.” CP24. N.p., 9 Apr. 2014. Web. 9 Apr. 2014. http://www.cp24.com/world/heartbleed-bug-exposes-passwords-to-potential-theft-1.1767616#ixzz2yOnRGDNv