The rise of technology has brought with it many benefits for modern society, but it has also ushered in more than a few downsides, including new types of crimes. There are several different types of computer crimes, some of which are similar to common crimes such as fraud and larceny but committed through the use of a computer. Every person and business owner should learn more about computer crimes to protect themselves while online.
Examples of computer crimes include the theft of information on a computer, accessing a computer or network through illegal means or without permission, intentionally infecting a computer with a virus, and blocking computer access. One thing a legal professional like a criminal lawyer might want computer users to know is that anyone can accidentally commit a computer crime, making it even more vital that users know what these crimes are.
Anyone who uses a computer, and even those who don’t, should also know that antagonizing others online through the use of computers, tablets, and smartphones is known as cyberbullying and is another type of computer crime. Specifically, cyberbullying is the act of harassing someone, spreading false rumors, exposing someone’s personal information, or creating fake online profiles. In some cases, cyberbullying has drawn the attention of the FBI.
It can be easy to get caught up in committing a computer crime without even realizing it. For example, simply posting a product review that contains inaccurate or false information can land you in court with a major lawsuit against you filed by a major corporation. A computer user should be extremely careful about what they say about another person online. If the statements are false and the person is harmed, a serious and expensive libel lawsuit may follow.
Another good reason to stay current on computer crimes is so you don’t become a victim. The basics of protecting yourself while online include not giving out personal or financial information to unverified individuals or companies, ensuring you always have the latest malware and virus protection on your computer, and taking steps to secure your internet connection. Always trust your instincts and do research on anything you deem suspicious.