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Guarding against digital crimes

South Carolina residents could be victims of crimes committed using a computer or similar device. For instance, they could have their information stolen by someone who put a virus on a computer or into a computer network. Individuals could also have their information copied, stolen or damaged by the work of a criminal. It is generally not a good idea to put personal information online or to give it to a stranger through electronic means.

Accounts should be protected by strong passwords that are changed routinely. Online banking, shopping and other financial tasks should be done on a secure private network. Individuals should also be sure that they know and trust the source of any software that they want to download. Downloading from unknown sites could result in malware or spyware getting onto a computer. Parents should be on guard against those who act inappropriately toward minors online. Those who hear about children being targeted may want to report it to the Department of Justice.

Stats about male on female violence

In 2016, there were 48 women killed by men in South Carolina. That is according to a report from the Violence Policy Center, and the report states that most women who are killed by men around the country are murdered with a firearm. It also stated the vast majority of those victims were killed by someone who they knew. Specifically, 63 percent of females who were killed by males were their wives or romantic partners.

Throughout the nation in 2016, black women were killed by men at a rate of 2.62 per 100,000, which was more than double the rate of white women killed by males. Overall, there were 1,809 women who were killed by males throughout the United States. Of those victims, 1,188 were white while 517 were black.

When does selling marijuana become drug trafficking in South Carolina?

Not everyone accused of selling marijuana here in South Carolina faces the same type of charges. Some are charged with standard drug distribution. Others, however, are charged with drug trafficking. Which type of charge a person is facing matters greatly, as trafficking carries much harsher penalties.

The main factor that determines whether individuals accused of selling marijuana would face drug trafficking charges rather than standard distribution charges in the state is how much marijuana they are accused of selling.

Are you a catfish?

"Catfishing" is a relatively new term for individuals who misrepresent themselves online, usually in return for a relationship. The word was first used in 2010 and later added to the dictionary in 2014. Commonly thought of in relation to online dating, catfish may create a fake profile or a profile containing misleading information in order to get a date.

While some individuals who catfish others do it for malicious reasons, this may not always be the case. It is possible to catfish someone without even realizing it. This post will dive into what a catfish is and if there are any legal consequences to being one.

Leaving a trail, the digital breadcrumbs of cybercrime

Owing their name to the tale of Hansel and Gretel, digital breadcrumbs function as a navigational aid by tracking the movements of users within web interfaces and programs. These unobtrusive navigational cues allow for faster web browsing and mark a user’s journey throughout the page. However, in cases of cybercrime, digital breadcrumbs leave clues for prosecutors that can serve as evidence against a user.


Charged with blackmail? Understand the elements for conviction

You may have made a mistake that demonstrates your intent to threaten someone online, and you feel lost as to how to defend your actions to the court.

Many people often throw the term "blackmail" around to describe an instance of an individual trying to get you to do something you do not necessarily want to do. Yet cases of blackmail prove complex, and if a court finds you guilty, they carry substantial punishments. Understanding the steps that a court must take to convict you may help you determine whether your charge will stand. Knowing all elements of the proof blackmail may even prevent you from committing similar acts in the future.

What to do if you are accused of identity theft

Many Americans regularly share identifying personal information online, whether it is a social security number, credit card digits or bank account information. Some websites provide encryption tools that are designed to protect your information from falling into the wrong hands.

However, not all tools work, and it seems like hackers become smarter every day. Online identity theft is an increasing problem. According to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center, identity theft is one of the top ten most reported online crimes with losses totaling nearly $67 million in 2017.

Think you can hide your online activity? Think again.

Savvy internet gurus use the internet to commit crimes that are untraceable. But is that really the truth? Common wisdom has told us that anything we do online is forever.

Today it is rare to find a person who does not keep a smartphone within reach at all times. We use it to pay bills, shop, check the weather, and socialize, acting as a storehouse for our most intimate details. Travelling along with us throughout each day, our smartphones are storing masses of time stamped location data that can be used by law enforcement. Perhaps this does not alarm you, because you believe that you would first need to be a suspect of illegal activity and that police would need to obtain a search warrant to access your phone data. But what if police could collect and access everything on your phone already?

What’s the difference between a felony and misdemeanor?

What if you just got pulled over for a suspected DUI? The police officer says he thinks you were driving while impaired. He gives you a field sobriety test and requests that you take a breathalyzer test as well. In all 50 states the test has been set at .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) as the legal limit for driving under the influence or driving while impaired (DWI). The amount is even less if you are a commercial driver, it is .04% (BAC). For those under 21, do not even think about driving while intoxicated. There is a zero tolerance when it comes to you. So, is this DUI or DWI a felony or a misdemeanor and what is the difference?


Deep web vs. dark web: Are they different?

Most people visit the same few websites every day. These may include social media platforms, news sites, popular blogs or online stores. Usually, it is possible to trace an internet user's every online move. This data is invaluable to advertisers, law enforcement agencies and other entities that have an interest in your private information.

But there are parts of the internet that are largely hidden to prying eyes: The deep web, and the dark web. The deep web and the dark web are two ways to access the internet away from prying eyes. It is still possible to track users' information through these hidden areas of the internet, though very difficult. The deep web and the dark web have their similarities, but they are also very different.

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