Simply put, cybercrime is a crime committed that has a network or computer aspect. Most often thought of as identity theft and fraud breaches, cybercrime can also take the form of copyright infringement, child pornography, cyberstalking, and bullying.
The Pew Research Center notes that 84 percent of U.S. households own a computer and 64 percent of adults have a smartphone in their pocket. Technology is used for everything from online banking, to photo storage, to gaming, and communicating with friends and family. At Illinois State University the Internet is an integral part of communicating with students, turning in assignments, and completing tests.
That's a lot of people accessing technology, and a lot of opportunity for cyber criminals. Learn how to prevent cybercrime and where to get help if you become a victim.