Understanding The Economics Of Cyber Crime Is Key To Avoiding It

Most people do not understand the incentive of cyber crime. They still think that it is a bunch of geeks in the basement that are out to mess up a person’s good time on the computer. They still believe the myth of the lone hacker that is in the basement of their mother’s house, causing trouble by themselves. That has not been the case for a long time.

When it comes to cyber crime you are talking about big business now; there are major criminal enterprises that are part of cyber crime these days. The bad guys are able to have access to some of the most advanced tools on the planet.


The sooner that you realize that you are dealing with a bunch of professionals that are out for your money, the quicker you will be to change your web surfing habits and make sure that you are doing everything that you can to make sure that your computer is secure.

You will not be able to out think the bad guys but you are able to defend yourself against them just by using a couple of well know tactics.

Do not worry; I am not trying to scare you away from using the internet. I am just trying to warn you about the dangers that are out there. For the most part, when you surf the internet, you will be completely safe.

There is that one percent chance that you can run into something harmful that will do damage to your computer or worse. It may even damage your personal finances in some way. Let’s take a look at why major criminal enterprises and in some cases, entire governments, are interested in cyber crime.

For The Love Of Money

For the most part, most crime that happens is regional. You may have a guy that is in control of a block, or in control of a town, or in control of a city, or in control of a country. These people are not usually one in the same and sometimes there can be some overlap. But for the most part, most crime is separated.

Cyber crime is the first time that criminal operations are able to take their crimes global. They are able to collect money from all over the place. For a criminal, something like that is very enticing. You are in the game to make money and if you are able to expand your profit by going online then you do it. All you have to do is to hire a few hackers and then you are on your way.

Plus, there are so many ways that a person can make illegal money off of the internet that you have an endless amount of ways that you can operate – you have to do is pick one and become good at it.

Power Trip

There are two things in this world that will bring you power –  money and information. With abusing the powers of the internet, a bad guy is able to get both.

There is no lack of important information that is available on the internet and if the bad guys hire the right black hat hackers then they will be able to access that information. Once they have the information they will be able to wield a lot of power with it.

Everything is stored on a computer network these days. That means that there are several ways that a bad guy may have access to this information. Even though we have systems that are pretty tough to crack, there is no system that is impossible to crack.

Stopping Cyber Crime

Now you have seen why major league criminals do their best to get involved with the internet. There is too much money and power on there for them to ignore.

The internet right now is what the Wild West used to be. Even though there are a few sheriffs out there to regulate everything, the terrain is still rugged and wild.

So now that you can see this for yourself, you might want to take the steps that are needed to make sure that you do not become a victim of any of the cyber crime that is out there.

The first defense you have against these types of attacks is to go with your gut. If something does not feel right or it seems suspicious, then listen to yourself. This will stop a lot of cyber crime that may affect you in its tracks.

Also, make sure that you have the right software installed into your machine. Make sure that you have an antivirus installed and also a spyware remover. Also make sure that you have a firewall running as well.

If you have these things as well as your common sense, you should be safe from at least 99% of the attacks out there.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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