Cyber Crime refers to illegal activities that take place online, including fraud, spam, identity theft, computer viruses and worms, cyber stalking, drug trafficking, sexual predators, malware or spyware, phishing schemes and the like. Most people become victims of these at one time or another, but there are ways to avoid or deal with cyber crime by protecting yourself appropriately.

 The Monroe Police Department would like you to take a moment and think about all of the ways criminals could take advantage of you and your information. It's in the news daily telling how someone was victimized by an online predator or scam. We don't want you to be next. When locking your cars and homes...LOCK YOUR COMPUTERS !

There are many ways you can secure your information, so we wanted to pass on just a few basic ways to accomplish the goal of keeping yourself and family safe.
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things you'll need:

  • Spam blocker
  • Anti-virus software
  • Firewall protection
  • Encryption software
  • Caution in providing personal information
  • Secure shopping
  • Avoidance of scams
  • Monitoring of your child's computer activities 

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    Turn on your spam blocker. Most Internet providers provide a spam blocking feature to prevent unwanted messages, such as fraudulent emails and phising emails, from getting to your inbox.

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    Make sure you have adequate anti-virus software for your computer, such as McAfee, Norton Anti-Virus, Stopzilla or other similar programs. You also need to make sure you regularly update your anti-virus software and that you do a once-a-week scan to locate and eliminate any malware, spyware, viruses and other problems. If you don't want to purchase security software, then there are programs, such as AVG, that offer free versions.

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    Use your computer's firewall protection feature, which is a digitally created barrier that prevents hackers from getting into your computer system. Always keep it turned on.

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    Encrypt important data you don't want compromised. Utilize encryption software, which "garbles" your data to make it unintelligible to anyone who tries to hack into your computer system.

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    Be wary of providing personal information via a website you know nothing about, especially those that ask for your name, mailing address, bank account number or social security number.

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    Make sure that you do online shopping on a secure website, like those with a url that starts with "https" and/or have a TRUSTe or VeriSign seal. If you don't see these anywhere on the site, you run the risk of submitting credit card information and other personal information to a site that may be a fraud.

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    Avoid getting taken in by common scams, such as foreign lotteries, phony sweepstakes and similar methods used by cyber criminals to get your personal information and money. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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    Monitor the online activities of your children. They should only have access to a computer located in a central area of your home and you should regularly check all browser and email activity. A wise thing to do is to use parental control software that limits the types of sites the user can gain access to.

Read more: How to Prevent Cyber Crime |

The increasing use of the Internet has also led to an increase in cyber crime. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies spend countless hours fighting cyber crime each day, but everyone can help combat cyber crimes. Learning the different types of cyber crimes and ways that can help combat these crimes is an important step in helping to catch these cyber criminals and keep them from continuing to commit cyber crimes against others.


  • Young adults don't always understand the impact of things that they say on the Internet. Teasing, name calling and harassing can lead to dangerous situations if they are not handled properly. Parents should be proactive with children that are allowed Internet access. This can be done by parental controls, monitoring software, and talking to them about how to safely use the Internet. According to the National Crime Prevention Council, Over 70 percent of teens said that being able to block cyberbullies was the most effective method of prevention.

Identity Theft

  • Hackers and other online predators will use any means necessary to get confidential information like social security numbers, bank account information, and credit card information. Check out any businesses or website before providing them with any information. Cyber criminals send out fake emails to try and steal personal information Don't click on links in emails, go to the website by typing the address instead. These simple precautions can help keep identity thieves from getting the information they need to commit a crime.


  • According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, piracy of media and other commercial goods causes huge losses to the U.S. economy each year. Downloading software, movies, games and music without paying for them is illegal. Sites that allow these illegal downloads need to be reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Sexual Predators

  • The Internet allows an anonymity that can be dangerous, especially to children. Sexual predators use the Internet to lure victims into dangerous situations. Their main targets are children because they are more vulnerable than adults. Adults and children should never give out any personal information that could be used for identification purposes. These predators can take a small bit of information and find addresses or phone numbers with it. If you suspect someone of being a sexual predator, you should report them immediately. Children should be educated about Internet safety and Internet activity should be monitored as an added precaution.