Cyber Crimes in Recent Times

Cyber Crimes in Recent Times

Social Surfing
“A 23 year old boy being sentenced of five years of prison for uploading objectionable photographs of his ex girlfriend over a relationship gone sour” is one of its kind in the recent times for two reasons – firstly, because it is the first conviction of such a case in the state throwing light on the wide scope of cyber crimes, and secondly, the need for a precept into using social media, almost as good as an ancillary. To begin with, cyber crimes are not a new phenomenon, however, its scope and vastness has accelerated at a tremendous pace largely because of the access to more online spaces and the assurance of a ready audience. In this case, the crime has been executed through an act of ‘revenge porn’ and…
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Taking Back Control of your Photo? Facebook’s new Face Recognition Opt-in

Taking Back Control of your Photo? Facebook’s new Face Recognition Opt-in

Social Surfing
It was announced by Facebook in December last year, last week it has been activated: the new face recognition opt-in. For a couple of years now, Facebook suggests names to tag people on our uploaded pictures, based on a comparison of our profile pictures with the faces on new uploaded photos or videos. Introducing a new opt-in to expand the facial recognition, the social media platform tries to attract users with some new features: with the new opt-in you get automatically notified when your face appears on any uploaded picture. This helps, so Facebook’s promise, to take back control over your own data and photos and to prevent strangers from the misuse of your photos and videos. Apart from the control and security aspects, Facebook also promises to integrate and…
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Threats to Online Security – Part 2

Threats to Online Security – Part 2

Online Safety
In part II of the kinds of cyber threats users need to protect themselves against, Rayyan discusses four more commonly used attacks by hackers. The only way to protect ourselves is to enable a good Antivirus and be weary of where we put in our credit card details, our passwords and other personal details. Yes, the internet is convenient, but we must be armed with the right information before making an online decision. EAVESDROPPING Eavesdropping is the act of surreptitiously listening to a private conversation, typically between hosts on a network. For instance, programs such as Carnivore and NarusInSight have been used by the CBI and NIA to eavesdrop on the systems of internet service providers. Even machines that operate as a closed system (i.e., with no contact to the…
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Threats to Online Security – Part 1

Threats to Online Security – Part 1

#TalkingSafety
I can remember those days when Facebook was in its initial phase of development. I am talking about those days when Indian users prefer ORKUT (a social media platform of Google). There were 2 major emerging nations other that U.S. that spent their whole day on ORKUT i.e. India and Pakistan. During those days there were no security breach, or rather, there were security breaches but it remained unnoticed and unreported. The problems related to security and safety is not with social media platforms, but with the ignorance of people in using it. Online safety and security can only be understood by understanding the different ways in which cyber threats can occur. Let's discuss a few of these: BACKDOOR A backdoor in a computer system, a cryptosystem or an algorithm, is…
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2018 for #SocialSurfing 3.0 begins in the Pink City!

2018 for #SocialSurfing 3.0 begins in the Pink City!

Social Surfing
Two SocialSurfers Suhasini Mukherjee and Priyanka Londhe, conducted workshops on 5th and 6th February 2018 in the Institute of Hotel Management, Institute of Hotel Management and Culinary Studies, International College for Girls, Shri Bhawani Niketan College for Girls and Indian Institute of Crafts and Design. With these 5 workshops, #SocialSurfing completes 205 workshops from the total target of 300. #SocialSurfing 3.0 started in the month of July 2017 and aims at completion by March 2018. The trainers had fun interacting with students on the topic of online safety. The discourse on safe and healthy online interaction was weaved into the theme of freedom of expression, intricacies of communication – both online and offline and healthy perception towards people from all genders and social strata. The students were undergraduates and mostly…
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