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Cybercrime is any illegal activity that uses computers and the internet. This can include hacking, stealing personal information, spreading viruses, eavesdropping, identity theft and more. As people become more reliant on the internet, there is an increased need for professionals who know how to provide safeguards against such attacks. A career in technology, law enforcement or business coupled with cybercrime expertise could help you position yourself to design and implement these very safeguards for businesses and individuals alike.

Some common examples of cybercrime include ransomware (when criminals demand a ransom in return for the release of data), phishing attacks (when criminals use fake emails or texts to steal sensitive information from people) and denial of service attacks (where hackers flood systems, servers or networks with traffic to make them unusable). There is also an increase in cyberespionage attacks. For example, the 2018 hack of Coincheck saw around $400 million stolen and the 2020 attack on US government agencies that affected hundreds of employees.

To avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime, back up your data and devices regularly and only download apps from trusted sources. It is also advisable to change your passwords regularly. Also, be wary of clicking on links in spam emails or other messages from unknown senders. A good way to protect yourself is to use a VPN or other means of encryption for your communications and always be careful when giving out personal information over the phone or via email.