Most people know about Internet security and they know about identity theft being one of the most serious threats there can be. However, it is undeniable that a lot of them still do not fully understand just how serious web-perpetrated identity theft has become. Many even end up unaware that their identity have been stolen until such day that they receive their credit card bills and discover whopping purchases they wouldn't even have thought of making. Usually, it is too late before one discovers that he has been abused digitally and the only thing that can be done is to move and make sure that the same does not happen in the future.
There are many crimes that are eating away at our society these days but out of all of them, it appears that cyber-related offenses such as digital identity theft have become the most rampant. A lot of this fact can probably be attributed to the convenience that a cyber criminal enjoys while pursuing his selfish intentions. Aside from that element of convenience, it is undeniable that online crooks have been profiting from their activities with very little concern for the risk of being caught and it's also because cyber laws have not been fully implemented, if they have been created at all.
Given this, those who perpetrate their crimes through the Internet are definitely enjoying a lot of advantage because it's practically near impossible that they will be caught. First of all, there aren't too many technologies that allow for actually pinning down a suspect in a cyber crime. There are fields in cyber justice which are now being explored, specifically those that deal with investigations that look into digital trails from one computer to the next.
When a crime happens on the Internet, it is almost always guaranteed that no justice can be possible because there is simply not enough ways to actually pin down a suspect. When you talk of physical crimes, you have fingerprints, dental records, and other biometrics that can be used to point to the identity of a specific person. Online, however, while there are methods that computer forensics offer, they are not a hundred percent reliable because even if they are able to confirm that this particular computer was used for the crime, it could still be anybody behind that computer actually committing it. This makes digital theft so much more convenient and rampant because there remains no foolproof way of pinning down a cyber criminal. In fact, this is most probably the reason why a lot of even the most cosmopolitan areas in the world do not have legislation that covers Internet crime.
If there's anything that all of these facts tell us, it's another fact that cyber crimes are not expected to go away in the near future. That's because with every advancement that the white hats make while using computers more useful, the black hats are there to twist everything. What's even worse is knowing that both can be equally competent in as far as dealing with computers is concerned.
Perhaps what citizens can do is to simply protect themselves and to avoid all chances that they give someone reason to make victims out of them. Protection can come through software that block the entry of online contaminants such as viruses, worms and especially Trojans which allow a computer to be remotely accessible to someone who may not have the best intentions.
Another option is to use an IP hiding software which supplies a user with fake IP addresses that may be used while he surfs. Because an IP address is a computer's unique identifier, hiding it will mean the computer can actually bump into a hacker but not be recognized. Hence, that computer will be safe.