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Top 3 Cyber Crime Trends Expected in 2013

Each year it seems that cyber crime is getting worse and worse. With all the amazing and astonishing hurdles that technology has helped us overcome, with every positive, there are usually multiple negatives that follow along behind.

Top 3 Cyber Crime Trends for 2013

One of those negatives is the ability of some highly knowledgeable individuals to hack banks, steal identities, and more using technology. Here are the top three cyber crime trends that are expected for 2013.

The Mobile Speedy Pay

There are many applications now available to consumers that allow for “easy” banking, payments, and more. Of course this sounds great to consumers as we are always looking for faster methods of doing things. However, with these speedy pay applications come the higher risk of someone getting ahold of your information and using it without your knowledge to purchase goods. The scariest aspect about these speedy payment applications is that they are the most dangerous when using them in busier areas such as airports. Someone who has the technological capability to get this information will have a field day at an airport.

Malicious Applications

Although mobile applications have been around for a while now, it’s taken a while for many hackers to figure out exactly how to hack into phones. However, some of done this very successfully, and we now expect others to learn the same process. The issue with this is that they don’t want to hack your phone to get access to your confidential information, they want to hack into your phone, get into your App Store (which has your credit card information), and purchase “Malicious Applications” where the money used to purchase them goes directly to them (the hacker) so it’s easy money in their pocket.

Mobile Malware

We all know how large the problem with malware is when dealing with PCs and laptops, so it was just a matter of time before there was a type of malware created to infect mobile devices. And apparently 2013 is that time. This is when things get pretty crazy. Criminals can steal data from someone’s phone, and almost hold it until the phone owner pays ransom to retrieve the information. Of course this would only happen if the criminal got a hold of some highly confidential information.

Not wanting to scare you, we thought we would also share with you a few times on how to protect yourself from allowing any criminals the opportunity to get into your phone. Install security onto your phone such as Norton’s Mobile security programs. Always change your passwords about once per month and make them difficult.

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