Term Cybercrime Prevention
Code FN-1500.1750
Definition Programs that help individuals, organizations and the general public protect themselves against situations in which their access to the Internet or use of a mobile phone or other telecommunications device has made them vulnerable to a crime in which their computer or cell phone is the object of a crime (hacking, phishing, spamming) or is being used by another as a tool to commit a crime. Security measures include use of strong passwords; activating the computer's firewall; installing and updating anti-virus/malware and spyware detection software; avoiding unsolicited emails and text messages that look suspicious or have been sent by a stranger; avoiding public Wi-Fi; protecting personal information on social media; restricting physical access to sensitive information by shutting down computers when they aren't being used; locking mobile devices; and encrypting confidential data to keep it secure. Regularly reviewing bank and credit card statements to quickly catch identity theft and online crimes can help reduce the impact if it has occurred.
Created 8/7/18
Changed 8/9/18
Use References
See Also References Computer and Information Sciences Research (TR-6500.1500)
Cybercrime Reporting (FN-1700.1530)
Cybersecurity Insurance (FN-1500.1755)
Cybersecurity Risk Assessment (TP-3350.3450-140)
Federal Trade Commission (DD-2100.2000)
Internet Crime Complaint Center (FL-3200)
Internet Fraud Reporting (FN-1700.1470-330)
Internet Information Resources (TJ-1800.3300)
Internet Safety Education (JR-8200.3400)
External Classification Terms Community Crime Prevention (NPC I02.03)
Crime Prevention (UW
Crime Prevention (NTE I20)
Legal, Consumer and Public Safety Services (AIRS LE-450)
Legal/Public Safety (CAN LP-450)
Related Concepts
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Top Ten Cyber Crime Prevention Tips", Royal Canadian Mounted Police Website, http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/to-ot/tis-set/cyber-tips-conseils-eng.htm

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