More than 430 million people around the world have been affected by cybercrime, according to a recent report released by Symantec.
The report was based on interviews with nearly 20,000 people from 24 countries. The study showed that 14 adults are victims of cybercrime ever second, which means there are more than 1 million victims every single day. Digital offenses cost victims more than $139 million in costs and lost time annually in the U.S. alone.
About 69 percent of adult Internet users have experienced cybercrime, according to the report. Viruses and malware are the most common types of crime, followed by online scams and phishing. Viruses and malware are also easily prevented.
Risks posed by mobile devices are also growing. Ten percent of users have experienced cybercrime on their cell phones.
To prevent cybercrime, make sure your spam blocker is turned on. Most Internet providers supply a spam blocking feature to prevent unwanted messages from getting into your mailbox. This will prevent fraudulent e-mails and phishing attempts.
Make sure you have loaded anti-virus software onto your computer, and use your computer's firewall protection feature. Always keep it turned on. You should also encrypt important data you don't want compromised.
Be wary of providing personal information via a website that's new to you or that you know little about, especially if the site requests your bank account or Social Security numbers.
If you do business or shop online, make sure you do so only on secured sites that feature "https" in the URL, not just "http."