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What to Do After Becoming a Victim of Cybercrime?

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A Quick Overview:

Discovering that your online accounts or devices may have been compromised can be unsettling, but taking swift and decisive action is crucial. This guide outlines straightforward steps to help you minimize damage and protect yourself from future cyber threats, designed with the everyday user in mind.


How It Happens:


Cybercriminals employ various tactics, such as phishing emails (When you click on links or Download any attachment), weak passwords, or exploiting vulnerabilities in software. Whether it's gaining access to your online accounts or compromising your devices like PC or phone, staying vigilant is essential.


Immediate Actions to Limit Damage:

1. Stay Calm and Act

  • Start by changing your passwords on all affected accounts to regain control and prevent further unauthorized access.
  • Enable two-factor authentication (2FA).
    You may also visit our Cyber Tools page to download two-factor authentication app
  • Use reliable antivirus software to scan your devices for malware or suspicious activities.

2. Secure Your Personal Information

Protect your sensitive data:

  • Contact your bank if financial information is involved. You may find your bank contact information on our Bank Contact Lookup page.
  • Regularly monitor your accounts for unusual activity.
  • Update your device's security software.
  • Ensure you're signed out of all devices to halt ongoing access by potential hackers.

3. Seek Professional Help

Consider expert assistance:

  • Reach out to the customer support teams of the affected platforms or services for assistance in securing your account.
  • Consult legal experts if necessary.
  • If possible, communicate with your school, college or office IT department for help.
    You may also contact us to assist you by visiting our Contact page.

4. Report and Document

Keep a record of the incident:

  • Report the cybercrime to your local authorities.
    If you do not know where to report, Click here to report the incident or visit ic3.gov
  • Document emails, messages, or any evidence.
  • Contact your internet service provider (ISP) if needed.

5. Learn and Prevent

Stay informed and safeguard yourself:

  • Understand how the attack happened so you stay aware in future.
  • Learn about cybersecurity best practices. There are many online resources available online for free.
    You may also find it on our Learning page.
  • Be cautious of suspicious emails, links, and calls.

Ways to Keep your Daily Life Secure

Use Strong Passwords

Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Keep Software and Devices Updated

Backup Your Data Regularly

Avoid Suspicious Websites and Downloads

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