Abstract: Cyber related crimes are increasing enormously across the world. Hacking and viruses are used to steal important personal information. Understanding cybercrime is essential to understand how criminals are using the internet to commit various crimes and what can be done to prevent these crimes from happening. The Internet is a place saturated with information and over the years, information has become more easily accessible than ever before. How much information that is chosen to be shared on the internet should be carefully considered. A simple post to any social media site could give out more personal information than originally intended. Cyber security is a priority with the growing use and ease of access of the internet. If an internet user is not careful about the information given over to cyberspace, the user’s identity could easily be stolen or their finances drained. Cyber security is important not just to the government but also to the average user. The field is of growing importance due to the increasing reliance on computer systems in most societies. Computer systems now include a very wide variety of "smart" devices, including smartphones, televisions and tiny devices as part of the Internet of Things (IoT) and networks include not only the internet and private data networks, but also Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other wireless networks. Cybercriminals are attacking the computer networks and systems of individuals, businesses and even global organizations at a time when cyber defences might be lowered due to the shift of focus to the COVID-19 health crisis. This paper will cover different kind of cybercrimes, statistics on cybercrime, cyberattacks, COVID-19 impact on cybercrimes and information on what the average internet user can do to protect themselves from falling victim to cybercrimes.
Keywords: Cybercrimes, Cyber Security, Cyberattacks, COVID-19 impact on cybercrimes.
| DOI: 10.17148/IJARCCE.2021.10443