" $ 5 6 " - * 5 4 r / & 8 4 OPP WARNS PUBLIC AGAINST THE NEW CYBERCRIMINAL
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Police believe if people knew more about how cybercriminals work there would be fewer problems with identity theft and other cyber crimes. The OPP want more people to understand how cybercriminals think and plan their crimes. That includes understanding the weaknesses they focus on when they target someone: gullibility, greed, complacency, and ignorance. i&WFSZPOFJTBUBSHFUGPSNBMJDJPVTPOMJOF activity,” stated an OPP advisory, as part of the October Cybercrime Awareness Month campaign. “That includes youth, businesses, and government offices. Cybercriminals extort money and personal data from unsus- pecting victims by taking advantage of low cyber security awareness.” Cybersecurity, advised OPP, begins with simple commonsense rules for dealing with personal and business email. “Use strong passwords for email accounts,” stated the OPP advisory. “That means using both capital and lower-case letters in the password and also including random numbers and special symbols like #, @, %, or &, to make the password more difficult for a hacker to predict. Change the password on a regular basis.” Other cybersecurity advice includes being alert to any anonymous or unsolicited emails
La cybercriminalité fait maintenant partie de la vie quotidienne et la Police provinciale de l’Ontario veut que les gens soient mieux préparés à se protéger contre les cybercriminels en adoptant certaines habitudes de base et pratiques en matière de sécurité Internet. Pour plus d’informations sur la façon d’être en sécurité sur Internet, consultez le site www.getcybersafe.gc.ca. —photo fournie
cybertip.ca. Anyone who thinks they may be a victim or target of a cybercriminal should call their local OPP detachment, CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at p3tips.com, or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495- 8501 or at https://stepstojustice.ca.
which demand personal information or imme- diate payment of an alleged bill or account. That includes those which claim to be from an agency like the Canadian Revenue Service or a well-known company like Amazon. Backup all your critical files to an external hard drive or flash drive which is removable.
Keep all computer security systems updated. Be careful on social media about sharing any personal information. Parents should also talk to their children about safe and unsafe use of social media and about cyberbullying. Information to help with those discussions is available at www.
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