A criminal act that targets or utilizes a computer, smartphone, or other connected devices. It’s a crime that is committed online. Cybercriminals attack a wide variety of targets using different methods, depending on the target. Everything from extorting money from individuals online to destroying government databases is considered a cybercrime. The aim of most cybercriminals is to make money, but some hackers also double as political activists, attacking government bodies they deem corrupt.
How to protect yourself from cybercrime
- Protect your accounts. Use long, complex passwords and make sure they are different for every account. Set up two-factor authentication where possible, and don’t try to access them on unsecured networks.
- Be wary of phishing. Even if the person who sent you the link is a close friend, a family member, or a coworker, if the link seems suspicious (uses a URL shortener or the domain name is unfamiliar), don’t click on it without double checking with them first.
- Use security software. A VPN and an antivirus are essential for securing your digital life. Luckily you don’t need two separate apps for that — NordVPN offers you both a super fast VPN connection and additional malware protection. It helps you identify malware-ridden files before they end up on your device, stops you from landing on malicious websites, and blocks intrusive ads and trackers.