Let Us Create Safer Internet For Women
It seems every time I turn around, I see a new story about a major online security breach, passwords being hacked, information being stolen, and sensitive data being compromised. It’s like in the real world, the rate of crime against women is increasing on the internet as well. All these incidents make headlines. However, in India, women and other targets lack the understanding and support to respond effectively to such situations.
These unpleasant events shouldn’t deter anyone from updating their status on Facebook, shopping online for a new dress, or searching for a new job opportunity. Therefore, here are some online safety tips for women that can help them stay safe.
Avoid public network connections
One should avoid logging into any secure account on a public network connection, like an online banking account, primary email account. Just logging into your account for a moment could give a potential hacker the opportunity to view your information over an unsecured connection.
If you think dealing with long, complex passwords is too much difficult to handle, consider using a password manager. No other tool provides a better balance between online security and convenience.
Don’t use the same password for different accounts. If one fails, the rest will follow. Do not use your name, contact number, or usernames for password.
Avoid using your name or a combination of your name as your username.
While most websites are secure and legit, unfortunately, there are some that are simply not. That’s why it is important to check a site in detail before you input any credentials or sensitive information.
Spend a little time becoming familiar with the security features of social media sites and apps.
Make sure you’re comfortable with the personal information that is displayed about you publicly. You’ll be surprised how much information about you is available online.
If you aren’t sure which anti-virus program to use, consider one that is highly recommended by a reputable source, like PC Magazine. Also, avoid downloading anti-malware and anti-virus software directly from the Internet, unless it’s directly from the publisher’s own website. Make sure your anti-virus and anti-malware programs are updated on a regular basis.
Himani Jindal is a student of ARCH College of design and business and this effort is a part of Google India and SheThePeople initiative Digital Trust Dialogues across colleges in India.