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What are common types of computer crimes?

There is no denying the fact that computers have changed the world for the better. As technology continues to advance, it is safe to assume that this will remain true well into the future.

But here is something else to remember: Computers are not all good. These devices have also made it easier for people to commit crimes.

Computer crime is a broad category that encompasses a variety of offenses. In some cases, a computer crime is similar to a non-computer crime, such as fraud or larceny. Others, however, are unique to computers, such as hacking or cyber bullying.

Many states have their own computer crime laws. These are meant to protect against crimes such as:

-- The improper access of a network, system, or device.

-- Using a computer as a means of defrauding another party.

-- Stealing data.

-- Using encryption to commit a crime.

-- Introducing a virus into a computer system.

-- Stealing information.

-- Interfering with a network or another person's computer.

As you can see, these crimes are not as cut and dry as some others. For example, it is possible that you could be charged with a computer crime, despite the fact that you had no intention of breaking the law.

Like most people, you probably use a computer and related electronic devices on a daily basis. If this is the case, you need to know what you can and cannot do as it relates to the law. If you are charged with a computer crime in Ohio, take the time to learn more about the offense and why you were targeted by authorities. You could find that you did not partake in the criminal activity.

Source: FindLaw, "Computer Crime," accessed June 16, 2016

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