Did you know that according to the Verizon, you are 16 times more likely to lose a laptop or mobile devices than have it stolen? When you are traveling, always double-check to make sure you have your mobile device with you, such as when you finish going through airport security, leave your taxi or check out of your hotel.
"Cyber ethics" refers to the code of responsible behavior on the Internet. Just as we are taught to act responsibly in everyday life with lessons such as "Don't take what doesn't belong to you" and "Do not harm others," we must act responsibly in the cyber world as well.
The basic rule is "Do not do something in cyberspace that you would consider wrong or illegal in everyday life."
Considerations When Determining Responsible Behavior
Do not use rude or offensive language.
Do not cyberbully.
Do not plagiarize.
Do not break into someone else's computer.
Do not use someone else's password.
Do not attempt to infect or in any way try to make someone else's computer unusable.
Adhere to copyright restrictions when downloading material from the Internet, including software, games, movies, or music.
We've all seen the pop-up windows telling us that our computer is infected with a virus or other malware. Don't be fooled; the real malware could be the free software and/or free offer to fix your PC.
Oftentimes the ads and warnings are fake and will cause damage to your PC and to the security of your personal information. Fake software can install malware and obtain personal information from your PC and send it to the bad guys.
You don’t need fame or millions of dollars in the bank to become the victim of cybercrime. Many cyber-criminals rely on automated attacks that seek out and compromise all vulnerable systems. Once a system is compromised, it can be used to distribute malware, send spam, or help launch a denial of service attack. Cyber-criminals may also lift personal data from vulnerable systems to use for identity theft and fraud.