Cybercrime is a billion-dollar industry. Like other sectors, it is an evolving one: rather than create new viruses, malicious actors are focusing on launching more sophisticated and financially rewarding cyberattacks. That’s not all, the industry is becoming increasingly accessible to wannabe hackers and small-time scammers who can buy cheap hacking tools off the dark web.
In the past, most criminals were uneducated and had little motivation. Nowadays, there is a new breed of criminal that is intelligent, educated and knows their way around a computer. These people are tough to find since they often live in another country and only access your accounts and information from long distances over the internet.
This has brought about a new type of security company that’s also highly trained and focused on stopping these thieves from entering your home or business from afar. If the thought of cyber surveillance has ever crossed your mind, you may want to take action sooner rather than later.
How can cybercrime surveillance systems protect you?
Internet surveillance, the surreptitious monitoring of online behaviors – from the ecommerce and banking sites you visit to the products you buy, transactions you perform, videos you watch and social media sites you spend time on – is a blatant invasion of your privacy not to mention the material damage that can result from this crime.
A cybercrime surveillance system can comprise both software and services that offer protection against identity theft and cyber-attacks. A cyber security plan includes a number of essential safeguards that detect breaches early, prevent malicious software already on your system from executing their intended attack, and monitor continuously for immediate alerts when potential compromises are suspected.
Here is a look at the essential cybercrime surveillance software different groups of consumers need.
Keystroke encryption software
Imagine if everything you typed on your computer or tapped on your mobile phone was visible to someone operating another computer, or to many users on the internet.
When keystrokes are being recorded, the warning bells of a cybercrime waiting to happen are loud and clear. This type of cyber surveillance is initiated when a malicious program known as a keylogger is installed on your computer by:
- anyone with access to your computer
- installing an application
- clicking on an infected file attachment, link on a webpage or text message
- using a P2P network
- a jealous spouse attempting to monitor your virtual interactions
This threat is known as keylogging spyware, which has become a main component in cyber-attacks and identity theft. Keyloggers steal everything you type as you enter data including passwords into a PC or mobile device.
Keystroke encryption software defends your systems by blocking the keylogger, which may otherwise go undetected by your antivirus or firewall. It prevents both financial and reputational damage that can occur when cybercriminals may have carefully planned and executed.
Identity theft protection
Millions of Americans fall prey to identity theft every year. The goal behind stealing identities is usually to withdraw money, make payments or take out loans. An identity theft protection plan offers dark web monitoring, alerts on suspicious activities such as fraud alert or credit card activity, credit alerts, fully managed recovery and a personal identity theft coverage policy.
- Your identity information is monitored on the dark web, and you receive an instant alert if your information is found online.
- A proficient identity restoration team can help you navigate the incident and put your life back in order.
- Depending on your plan, you may be entitled to reimbursement ranging from $25,000 to $1 million.
If you pay your bills, shop and make registrations online, you’re at a high risk of identity theft. Often as it happens, ID theft is discovered after the damage has been done, and victims have to wrap their head around what happened before seeking out professional help. A lot of time and energy is wasted before qualified intervention can begin resolving the issue. A proactive stance is helpful in mitigating the consequences of ID theft.
Identity theft protection as an employee benefit
HR departments are increasingly acknowledging the importance of including ID theft protection as an employee benefit, as it not only safeguards each individual employee but also the organization.
When an employee’s personal data is compromised while they’re at work, then the attack can potentially infect the organization’s network and amplify its adverse impact. ID theft protection enables organizations to respond rapidly to an attack, while also keeping employees and key decision-maker informed of the incident.
An employee ID theft protection plan can include the same safeguards as personal ID theft protection, with the added benefit of keystroke encryption software. As an example, if your employees register credit cards, driver’s license or other important documents with your provider, then in the event that this data is discovered on the dark web, then the immediate notification received will spring both the employee and you into action to manage the issue quickly and effectively.
Get Cybercrime Protection Today
There are so many different ways for hackers to enter your computer it’s best to have a cyber crime surveillance company monitor all of the actions in your business on a regular basis. This is especially true if you have account numbers of charge cards and other valuable data stored in your system since hackers could exploit that and cost your company millions in damages and lawsuits that could bankrupt any company of any size.
If you are looking for a partner to help protect you or your business from cybercrime, contact Beau Dietl & Associates today.