Beware of cyber risks!
Nizamabad: On the occasion of the declaration of October as ‘Cyber Month’ by the Department of Women’s Safety, Hyderabad, Nizamabad Police Commissioner KR Nagaraju organized a webinar conference on Cyber Crimes at Giriraj Government Degree College, Nizamabad on Saturday under the aegis of Nizamabad She Team organized Deputy Commissioner of Police V Arvind Babu was the chief guest for the event.
V Arvind Babu on the occasion asked people to be vigilant against crime. He informed that if you have been cheated by cyber crime, you should call the cyber toll free number 1930 and complain.
V Arvind Babu said that the 21st century is the century of technology. Humanity is surrounded, connected and associated with various entities that were unknown to people even a decade ago. In today’s fast-changing world, life seems incomplete without technological tools in hand.
Undoubtedly, one cannot be completely isolated from technology because of the benefits it provides. But at the same time, technology and the internet pose a serious threat to users. Hacking, influx of viruses and cyberbullying are common today. The Internet is no longer secure, and neither are its users. Children are bullied, accounts hacked and information stolen. A dilemma is created.
At one end are the countless benefits the internet provides, and at the other end are its potential dangers. Children are even more vulnerable to these dangers when they casually click on websites, download and update.
Is there a way to shield from the dangers while enjoying the benefits? Let me discuss some of the precautions taken while using the internet that can help increase your security.
Use trusted websites
When you need to search for information, be it for a school project, a curriculum topic or other purposes, try clicking on well-known and authentic websites such as the BBC, Wikipedia and Bing.
Some websites display information with the purpose of stealing the information of the user. When you click on them, they can get your private information, such as passwords. These sites are usually low rated and poorly designed. Likewise, some websites ask for permission to “accept cookies” and often we just click on it. Remember that cookies can track the data of users, including the websites they have previously visited, their on-site behavior such as scrolling speed and their IP addresses. Cookies can also store passwords! It is therefore recommended that we do not accept cookies on websites.
Avoid too many “online” friends
This guide is specifically for children and young adults. Hypocrisy is rampant in society; everyone who looks and seems friendly may not be. Often we receive “friend requests” from unknown users who appear to be our age. Dear readers, you must exercise caution in this regard. It is very easy to hide your real identity on the internet. Someone who looks like they are your friend may be a criminal who aims to harm or use you in some way. Someone who is your follower can track every detail you post!
The reality of cyberspace is terrifying. Evil is very dominant and children are one of their favorite targets. Don’t be too ‘social’ on social media apps and websites or you might get spotted by these bullies. Never accept “follow requests” and “friend requests” from strange and unidentified accounts, no matter how appealing they may look. Limit your friend list to school friends, neighbors and cousins, and those you and your family know well.
Accepting requests randomly to increase followers is an undesirable approach. Furthermore, do not post private information on your social media accounts, such as “going to Islamabad”, “Going alone on a trip”, “Spending the night with friends”. These details can be valuable to these bullies or crooks and they can exploit you by using them.
Download only from authentic websites
I believe that one of the main reasons for viruses to enter any device is due to the downloading of virus-containing material from the Internet. This risk is not too dominant on mobile phones because apps are mainly downloaded from the Play Store or iOS.
But on laptops, many applications are downloaded from websites, which inject viruses into the computer. It is suggested that applications should be installed from official websites. For example, if you want to download a game, check the original developer and download it from the developer’s website.
Sometimes unknown websites offer to install games and software on our laptops. Even if the download happens, they bring with them a bundle of viruses. Viruses usually slow down the operation of devices. Therefore, if your laptop is slow to respond, it may have been exposed to a virus!
Secure your accounts
We manage our social media accounts responsibly and surf the internet carefully, it is possible to shield ourselves completely from cyber risks. Whenever you are active on the internet, remember that there are eyes watching your every action and waiting for an opportunity to attack and harm you. So be alert, be careful, be safe and enjoy cyberspace!
The occasion was attended by CCRB CI D Pratab, She Team SI Abdul Rasheed, Anti Human Trafficking Unit SI Venkataiah, She Team Staff Nagaraju, Srikanth, Ishwar, Rekha Rani, Haritha Rani and Giriraj College students.