How to use the Internet safely
Any offence that is committed using a computer, network or hardware device causing a fraud or a identity theft is called cyber crime.
Being an online consumer, we use internet everyday in order to ingress social media, do personal stuff business banking, book a holiday or a movie ticket and to get the latest updates on the news around the world. We perform so many tasks using the internet, believing that it is safe to use.
Most of us want our passwords to be easy to remember, but by doing such things we’re putting our computer, personal information and possibly our finances at risk. By changing our login once or twice a month, we can lower down our chances of being a victim of cybercrime. Strong passwords with upper and lower case letters, numerals and symbols can be more useful.
Secure Your Devices
Having an anti-virus and anti-spyware software is must these days. Always be sure to activate the Firewall settings. Installing an anti-virus and anti-spyware software will safeguard your computer from the malicious software that are used to acquire our personal details. Make sure your smartphones, other E- Devices and other flash drives containing personal data have security applications.
Protect Your E-Identity
Identity theft is now a fact of life so be heedful when giving out personal information such as your name, address , phone number or financial information on the internet. Make sure that the websites are secureand you have a genuine anti-virus. Ignore the promotional messages from fake profiles.
Avoid Being Scammed
Always think before you click on the link or a file of unknown origin. Before opening any e-mail, first check the source of the message, When in doubt, verify the source. Ignore the advertisements sometimes they’re just a malicious thing and avoid clicking on the pop-ups as they will always direct you to some promotional or malicious page.
Be Social Media Savvy
Make sure your social networking profiles like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MSN are set to private. Check your security settings. Be cautious about what you post online. Once the thing is on the internet it is difficult to remove it. Beware of getting in touch with strangers on the social media whether it is on Gmail or Facebook.
(The author , Mr. Sudipta Basu, is a Senior Advocate based out of Delhi, with specialization in Misuse of Domestic Violence Section 498 A and Cyber Crime)