Myths of Cybercrime

Far too often, people are willing to go by what everybody knows, rather than what actually occurs. In the case of cybersecurity, such an attitude can be hugely damaging to both individuals and businesses, as hackers are more than willing to prey on gaps in people's knowledge and understanding. To help fill in those gaps, Mark Wilczek, writing for, offers a list of 10 common myths regarding cybercrime, and why you should be aware of them.

With ten items being identified, Wilczek offers criticism on misunderstandings like:

  • Hackers always being outsiders - almost a third of cybersecurity crimes have internal contributions, whether intentional or accidental, with phishing being a notable point of risk.
  • Antivirus and encryption on PCs are protection enough - the rise of mobile and wireless has created all sorts of new potential points of compromise outside of the conventional IT protection scheme, with physical loss or theft of devices being a growing risk.
  • Strong passwords ensure protection - even strong passwords can be broken, and too complicated passwords just result in people writing them down.  Instead, the pairing of passwords with items like two-factor authentication can provide greater degrees of security.