In the wake of a rash of smartphone and tablet thefts that have prompted the government to introduce a new digital offence, some manufacturers are trying to make a case that their products are more secure than ever.
Here are the basics of what’s different this year.
Digital gadgets: This is a relatively new category of products.
There are now nearly a dozen different models, some of which are actually digital cameras.
They’re used to take photos, capture video, record music and, of course, take selfies.
The digital camera market is still booming.
Some are even selling smartphones and tablets that are even better at taking selfies than their predecessors.
Digital cameras: In the past, digital cameras were a luxury item.
You could buy them only on the black market.
Now, with cheaper models available for as little as $20, they’re a popular choice for everyday photography.
Smartphones and tablets: Although digital cameras are increasingly popular, the trend in the past year has been to start selling smartphones instead of tablets.
This trend could continue as the smartphone industry continues to expand in Asia, Latin America and other markets.
The new digital crime: This year, digital crimes have expanded from stealing cameras to stealing smartphones and other electronic devices.
Cyber-criminals have also stolen other types of electronic devices, including cell phones and other laptops, as well as a variety of software.
What’s next: If you or someone you know needs help dealing with cyber-crime, you can call the National Cyber Crime Centre’s 24-hour, toll-free tip line at 1-800-263-8477.
There’s a 24-hours-a-day helpline available for anyone who wants to speak to a counsellor.
Who can report cyber-crimes: Anyone with information about cyber-bullying, harassment, hate-speech, stalking or other crimes against any person or organization can call police.
Crime statistics can be obtained by visiting the National Crime Information Centre’s website.
The centre can also be reached by calling Crime Stoppers at 1 1-877-222-TIPS (8477).
The centre also has a 24/7 hotline.
What you can do to protect yourself: Cyber-bullies often target young people, often in high schools and colleges.
You can protect yourself by: taking extra precautions to keep your phone and computer secure.