The internet has become a basic necessity of everyone’s life, we are in the era of Digital World. But at the same time, a large number of people are becoming victims of cyber crimes. The digital world mirrors the real world in some aspects, in particular for women. Just like the real world, the rate of crime against women is increasing on the internet. According to the recent study, more women at the age of 18-24 experience severe harassments at big levels.

It is vital to protect your online activities and understand the ways in which technology may compromise your safety.

The growing reach of the Internet and the rapid spread of information has put so many women at risk. The situation is getting worse with each passing day. Passwords are getting hacked, private images being leaked online, sensitive data compromised, etc.

It is vital to protect your online activities and understand the ways in which technology may compromise your safety. Therefore, to prevent ourselves from the cyber crimes, we should keep certain points in mind.

  • Don’t share passwords with anyone and also keep them private as well as complicated.
  • Don’t leave your web camera connected and uncovered because there are too many spywares that are capable to turn on the camera and capture your movement without your knowledge.
  • Don’t share private information and private images online.
  • Meet your online acquaintances at a public place only instead of meeting them alone.
  • Secure your devices with original Anti-virus Softwares to prevent your data from malicious softwares.
  • Online games, quizzes and other entertainment apps are fun, but they often pull information from your page and post it without your knowledge.

Make sure that you know the guidelines of any app, game or service and not allow them to access the restricted information.

  • Check the privacy settings of your profile and make sure it’s set to the right level.
  • Keep your operating devices up to date.
  • Block people you don’t want to interact with.
  • Clear your browsing history regularly to prevent your device from unwanted viruses.
  • Pay attention when creating an account. Often, there is an option to opt out of sharing personal information beyond what’s necessary.
  • Don’t use the same password for different accounts. If one fails, the rest will follow.
  • Logoff when you’re not using an account and do not allow search engines or your computer to remember your passwords.

This blog is a part of the Digital Trust Dialogues being held across colleges in India.

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