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The dangers of the Internet - Avoid this

Dernière mise à jour : 1 sept. 2021

We must be careful when using the internet, like we are on the street. Many predators roam the web looking for vulnerable people. This is why, it is important to know the dangers of the Internet.

Internet popularization has increased the opportunities for evil-minded people. Computer hacking causes victims both in large institutions and individuals.

Antivirus to avoid the dangers of the Internet

One of the first rules to avoid falling into those traps is getting an antivirus to stop intrusions on your computer. A virus never gets on your computer without a human action.

The hacker (the person who wishes to harm you digitally) will push you to take action to install the virus yourself. That is why it’s not recommended to click on an unknown link coming from a suspicious website or e-mail.

Hackers also use emails to send as attachment, a file that is apparently harmless but contains malicious software called virus or malware.

The virus will install itself without your knowledge; it may be a “Trojan horse” that will which will allow the hacker to access your device remotely.

This person could also retrieve your login details and passwords; he could even open your device’s camera. The virus can simply corrupt your infected machine to make it unusable.

Antiviruses are regularly updated, because everyday hackers create viruses. Some hackers do this just for the sake of challenge, others to claim money once they have managed to get personal files from their victim.

Recent Windows computers integrate effective antivirus. There is always a possibility to install a free or paid antivirus. It is very important to take this information into consideration when using the internet. Don’t forget, YOU are the best antivirus!

Personal data

It is not recommended to share your personal information with anybody, whether it is the postal address, the credit card number, the tax notice, or your ID. Hackers can use those documents to create a new digital identity or get a loan in your name.

Don’t share private pictures, everything you publish on the internet lasts forever even when you think you have deleted it. It is always possible to recover deleted data from computer or hard drive. You cannot control screenshots and media’s downloading.

Don't share your password, a service operator will never ask for your password. Hackers usually pretend that they are operators to steal our confidential data.

Scammers and false promises

Internet is full of sharks, you will find among them there are love scammers. They create fake accounts on social medias with pictures of real people, to seduce and maintain a long distance relationship with the victim.

When digital attachment and complicity are created, the haker asks the victim to transfer some money to him through Money gram or Western union. The reason given is often an emergency or transport fees to meet physically.

Others use false promise to show off a gain of money, and then use the method mentioned above. They take attach by e-mail, telling you that they hold thousands of euro they want to transfer to someone because they are stuck in an African country.

In the next emails, the hacker will tell you he cannot make some administrative procedures and that he needs you to borrow him a small amount of money. Never send money to someone you don’t know.

Protection of minors and the dangers of the Internet

Unfortunately, internet is also a playground for sexual predators, searching for women and children. They interfere into websites made for children with fake accounts, so that they could find children living around them.

The rule of not talking to strangers must also apply on the web. Access to computers, tablets and other digital products for a child, is a choice that remains specific to everyone.

Unfortunately, they are many others scams on internet, the creativity of scammers is limitless.

Pay attention to cyber harassment and sexual predators when minors are online.

Pay attention to cyber harassment and sexual predators when minors are online.

Find more information on this subject on CNIL website.

Read this article in French here

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