The Internet is a powerful tool for the buy-and-sell of properties. It makes it easier for both real estate professionals and buyers to check out properties before even stepping foot on them.
Real estate agents need to be careful with what they post online to avoid falling prey to cybercriminals. Without knowing it, you might be making the preparation for a home invasion totally useless. For you and your clients’ safety, take time to familiarize yourself with cybercrime and how it can impact your real estate business.
Cybercrime is any criminal activity that involves using a computer, a networked device, or a network. The main goal of cybercrime is to deny access to a legitimate user and gain unauthorized access to a network or device. Cybercrime may also involve stealing data, cyberstalking, and money laundering, among others.
The impact of a successful cybercrime attack can be devastating and can have a ripple effect on victims that could last a long time. Cybercrime cases can be as disastrous as financial losses and theft of intellectual property (including personal information). In some cases, it can even lead to physical crime.
Cybercriminals can attack in different ways and on different platforms. Often, casual Internet users/real estate agents will find an attack hard to spot initially. Here are some of the most common cybercrimes that professionals can become victims of:
Considered as one of the most popular forms of hacking, DDoS is a malicious attempt to disrupt normal traffic and overwhelm servers, networks, or online services. It all starts when malware or a trojan virus infects vulnerable parts of a system/computer/Internet of Things, effectively turning them into zombies that are under the control of the cybercriminal. These “zombie” computers then overload the network with requests and exhaust data storage, eventually grinding the victim’s website/system to a halt.
Cybercrime prevention can be expensive and tough to implement. After all, you’re up against professional cybercriminals. No worries, these steps can help you lower the chances of getting cyber attacked:
When you’ve been a victim of cybercrime, data recovery can be a long process, even with cybercrime laws in place. Ensure to be vigilant at all times and be proactive in learning about these safety measures to safeguard you and your client’s welfare.
Philip Masterson is a Market specialist, Researcher, Security Advocate, and a Freelance Writer. He has written a range of topics including home and community security, technology, environment, world market, and world businesses. http://www.alarmdefense.com
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