It’s an interconnected world, with all us linked to mighty World Wide Web. Today, sending an image or connecting to long-lost friends isn’t a task anymore. Just few clicks on any search engine and we can find solutions to toughest of the questions. Internet has become a necessity today, search engine and social connectivity is the need of hour. And so is the need to know and learn about Internet Safety.

How to be Safe Online?

Paying utility bills were never this easy before, no more long queues or waiting for the token numbers. Ordering food, booking travel tickets, shopping, finding real-estate solutions, everything is just a click away.

Companies & Brands like Google, YouTube, Instagram, Whats App has just made life easy and lot more entertained. Distance in terms of area, has nothing to do with Internet, all we need is a nice running Internet connection on Phone Handset or a WiFi connectivity. But, as every coin has two sides so is our dear Technology. If you are a news buff like me – Cyber Security is something which would be doing rounds in your head. Two superpower countries are in mid of tussle on alleged Cyber Attack on one another. This also, raise an alarm in my cautions – “How Safe Are We – ONLINE?

Internet Safety – Be Alert, Know what you are doing

Well, there is no direct justification to this statement – It’s a positive move to connect the world, globalized trade, financial deals and many more. However, at the same time everyone connected to it becomes vulnerable for malware virus programs or in layman terms Hacked. If shoplifting is a crime, so is the plagiarism – which means stealing someone else’s creative work or property, without their permissions.

There are many instances of innocent people falling prey to hacking by fraudsters; who catch them unawares or gauge loopholes in technology. Take example of – banking details; a small mistake of sharing Banking Details could result in loosing all of our hard-earned money. However, at the same time – Online banking have made life easier and hassle free.

Social Networking –

One of the biggest achievements of Technology; social media networking. It is so easy to connect with like-minded people or connect to wide world of Internet. However, the flaws of social networking is never hidden from anyone. Everyone who is connected to social networking sites, are vulnerable to cyber attacks on their identity. Cyber Bullying, Identity theft or Impersonation, are some of the most common known Online Crimes. To be safe online, you need to know every aspect of technology or platform you are using.

I am not even counting easy access to pornographic or abusive material available for free over internet.

How to be Safe Online – Internet Safety

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Listing some of the Internet safety measures to keep you Safe Online –

  • Anti Virus Protection – Install a good Anti-Virus original programme to keep you safe from unknown cyber attacks.
  • Keep STRONG Passwords & change them frequently. Never keep password which would be too easy to guess – like birth dates, family names, etc.
  • Two Factor Authentication – Have you heard of these; Yes, they are very useful when you have multiple devices to connect with. Set up Two Factor Authentication – it keeps you safe and alert of any unknown login to your profile.
  • Don’t click on random links – Be selective in clicking, many virus attacks shared using social networking as platform to spread. Use your discretion to understand if the link comes from a secured source or not.
  • Secure your Profile – Make sure you have all back-up details saved to regain access to your account at the time of hacker’s attack.
  • Think before you Share – Do you share all your day’s routine on social media? If the answer is YES; think before you do that. Social Networking sites work on open platforms, and your details are vulnerable.
  • Picture of YOU – Sharing your images with world, make sure you use ‘watermark’ or copyright the images/creatives. Any use without your knowledge & permission is liable and termed as offence. Take help of Law if you feel threatened.
  • Spend some time on reading Legal Terms & Policies available online, I know this is quite irritating to read such long documents. Advisable to read and understand those policies well.
  • Report – feel free to report a theft to social networking help center or legal department, with correct details and links.
  • Online shopping buff, make sure you use ONLY secured e-commerce sites.

Be Safe Online

BE SAFE – our safety is in our own HANDS, hence be selective, cautions and responsible. Lets make Internet a safer and clean place for all. Internet safety is possible, only if we act responsibly. Do you have any more ideas on Internet safety? If yes, please share with us in the comments below.

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24 Comments

Shivali Singla · February 16, 2018 at 2:07 pm

This post really has been helpful. Two Factor Authentication helps a lot when it comes to online safety.

Shivali Singla · February 16, 2018 at 2:09 pm

These tips help a lot when it comes to online safety. Watermark’ or copyrighting your images/creatives is a must for everyone especially influencers, bloggers and other content creators

mahekg · February 16, 2018 at 6:08 pm

This is so damn important in today’s time when people have lost their good intent and just look to use others content.

Jiya B · February 17, 2018 at 11:03 am

These are some amazing tips you shared here. I must say there are n number of cyber issues we come across everyday. And one must remian secure and cyber safe for sure including our kids and younger generation. Thanks for thsi post

Charu · February 17, 2018 at 3:53 pm

Think before you share is something we need to swear by. Because once you put it online it is going to stay

Mrinal Kiran · February 17, 2018 at 7:02 pm

I totally agree with you! Internet is not at all safe now a days! Will definitely follow all your tips! ❤

Priyanka Patwari · February 17, 2018 at 8:36 pm

Online safety very important . Yours tips are too good.

Ishieta · February 17, 2018 at 9:45 pm

great tips! watermarking your photos – never thought of that! its scary sometimes how open everything is online… truly, with great freedom comes great responsibility!

rakhiparsai11984 · February 17, 2018 at 10:12 pm

I agree internet is not a very safe place. However, I think if used wisely and with caution its a blessing. I liked the tips you have shared on being safe online.

Varsh · February 17, 2018 at 10:14 pm

If we’re vigilant about what we share online and don’t overdo things, internet can be utilised for our advantage. Boon or bane depends upon how we take it.

sneha Jain · February 18, 2018 at 12:42 am

True the safety measures has to be taken and we nust use strong passwords and seurity

Papri Ganguly · February 18, 2018 at 11:19 am

You have covered some good points. Internet bulling are increasing day by day.

Sheetal Dorby · February 18, 2018 at 11:26 am

Such an infirinform post indeed. Also Two factor authentication as mentioned by you is something we should all use to be safe in this internet world.

mayuraamarkant · February 18, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Very useful post. Thank you for bringing this to us. Keep writing. 🙂

Ragini Dhiman · February 18, 2018 at 12:38 pm

This is a super-useful post. I always wanted to understand how two-factor authentication works and you’ve explained it so well.

Namrata Kumari · February 18, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Loved the points you have raised for our safe browsing and authentication. Thank you for such an informative post.

Prerna Sinha · February 18, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Thanks for jotting down these points, much needed topic to be raised!

Binda Patel · February 19, 2018 at 4:30 pm

thank for the sharing valueble information. I wish you could have mentioned the lottery(SPAM) mailers.

Revathy · February 19, 2018 at 8:36 pm

Internet safety is the top most concern these days…since most of our lives is open in the social media..nicely written article

Priya Patil · February 21, 2018 at 12:28 pm

Very useful post. Two step verification is more important . Thanks for sharing

Deborah Miranda · March 1, 2018 at 11:51 pm

I love the little checklist. Covers all i could think of. It really is important to stay safe online!

Mayuri Nidigallu · March 23, 2018 at 10:57 pm

A great guide for safety online! Very helpful post, Dipika!

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