World of Cyber Crime

By Ranjith Murali

IMS-CORE, PurpleLeap

One fine Thursday morning, don’t remember the time still I felt the breezy wind all around me, holding a warm cup of coffee it was time to identify what’s going on the other side of the world. I started to flip all over the page of newsprint as we all do to watch for pictures rather than current affairs.

By then my eyes rammed into an interesting topic and it was called “HACKING” finding it to be interesting I rather wanted to share some tit bits with you all.  It was not the right time for blogging but still couldn’t control my fingers  which were all set to type. Cybercrime at the present is a hot subject to be discussed. Cybercrime can embrace various malicious actions resulting in damage of public interest.

Now you may ask what I mean to define by Public Interest.

Cybercrime indulge in malicious activity such as e-mail spoofing; Denial of Service Attack (DOS), Trojan attack and the most collective actions are HACKING. To wrap everything into a simple term, hacking is an act of penetrating into any Computer or Networks to setback information almost all information about the target. As soon as the hackers gain access, he can flush and amend the systems with his own permissions where the owner of the commuter will lose his confidential and protected information.

Based on the artifact that I found some hackers have hacked the Bangladesh government website and generated a muddled atmosphere in entire system. It was found that out of 64 districts 19 web portals has been located hacked by hackers.

It is obviously seen that hacking concerns cannot be taken lightly. As we dismay, it might put a country’s people to be in jeopardy when there is no obsession. May be in future it can be predicted that a cyber-war can turn into a reality war.

What are you waiting for; if you can’t lend your support to cyber war its better you join team Anna Hazare to fight against corruption. That looks not a bad idea to me, let’s think and discuss about it at the end.

Back to the cyber world, in order to avoid these crimes our government should take lead responsibility to increase the awareness of these issues among the people. Constricted security level of the systems and networks should also be applied especially to government and defence websites. Websites should also be updated frequently to check whether all the contents are genuine and remain the way it was uploaded.

How can we save our self from getting HACKED?

No one in this world is capable of saving them from getting hacked, by the current trend I can predict that, one fine morning god with loads of tears in his eyes would say I am HACKED.

“Just for fun folks not in an intension to hurt any one’s sentiment”

You still can save yourself from getting hacked. Am going to give you few gyan on saving your privacy while doing online shopping or banking-

1.   Make sure you have an up to date security package on you PC and don’t tell anybody about your login details.

2.   Buy anti-virus and anti-spy ware shield, make sure it is up to date, also only use your cards on trusted sites, and look for a padlock on the status bar so you know the site is secure.

3.   Make sure your computer is clean and free of viruses, malware, spyware etc. Make sure you have all updates installed to your operating system and internet security suite to be secure.

4.   Use online banking card readers if your bank offers the service.

5.   When using wireless make sure WPA is enabled, and don’t use unsecured or public wireless networks.

6.   When you sign into your online banking, double check that it says “https://” (notice the S) in the address instead of just “http://” (no S).

7.   Extra security can be taken by not saving the passwords and deleting your internet history immediately once finish browsing sounds a very good, you can even use a private browsing option if your browser supports.

8.   Some people also use a proxy website to enter their banks website this then encodes data between you and the bank meaning hackers have even more trouble getting your details.

9.   Don’t reply to any emails from your bank which you are not with, and they are obvious that they are phishing sites.

10. As long as that “https” is the browsing mode you may never get a warning about an invalid certificate, then you’re fine.

11. Make sure when you are online you have a good firewall to defend your network and operating system.

12. Make sure when you are banking online and logging in- that you have a non-easily obtainable account name and password (not easy for others to guess)

13. Only do online banking on computers that you own.

14. If you do online banking with a public computer, then it is possible for your online banking password to be saved in the browser.

15. Lastly, never go to your online banking from a link in an e-mail message. Instead, always use a bookmark, a favourite, or manually type in the address of your online banking web site.

Stay safe and secured. Cybercrime is a vast subject to study upon. You might find this interesting but it’s not as easy as we think. I will come back to you all with more information on CYBERCRIME and HACKING. Till then

Happy Reading Folks

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