Computer Crime: crimes that are committed with the aid of a computer. For example, using a computer to commit fraud by identity theft.
Hacking: attempting to gain unauthorized access to someone elseís computer.
Phishing: impersonating an official organization in the hope that the victim will pass on personal information like bank account details to the fraudster.
Pharming: hijacking the way that a browser finds specific websites over the internet, and pointing a user to a fraudulent website instead.
Virus: a self-replicating program, written to disrupt the normal use of a computer system.
Trojan: a program which the user runs thinking it will do one thing, but in reality, it does harm to the computer system.
Who is responsible?
You are responsible for the security of your own computer. However, as with breaking and entering someone elseís property; leaving a door unlocked is unwise, but it does not give a burglar the right to rob your house.
If you do suspect something is wrong, get expert help and advice quickly. But prevention is far better than cure.
What to do?
Much of what you will do is common sense here are a selection of things to remember.
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