Google’s New and Improved Safety Policy

Google’s New and Improved Safety Policy

Online Safety
In a worldwide announcement made on May 12th, internet giant Google revealed that the company's privacy policy has changed. While there are no changes to the information Google collects or how it collects and uses it, there are changes in the language used to Google, so that users know in clear terms what Google is doing. In addition to this, there are now more controls available to the user to aid in the review of Google security, privacy and settings. The new privacy policy is more user friendly, incorporating videos which explain settings in a user friendly manner. William Malcolm, Director, Privacy Legal EMEA at Google said in a blogpost - “We’ve improved the navigation and organization of the policy to make it easier to find what you’re looking for;…
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5 Tweesurfing Videos You Need to Watch to Ride the Waves on Twitter

5 Tweesurfing Videos You Need to Watch to Ride the Waves on Twitter

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Our #Tweesurfing project with Twitter India, is a one of a kind, online safety initiative, which uses video interviews of a variety of Twitter influencers, to help social media users understand the nuances of a safe and beneficial Twitter experience. For your benefit, dear reader, we have compiled a short list of 5 of our favourite videos, which outline some key tips and tricks. These will definitely help you navigate the world of Twitter! Stay tuned for more such lists, and log on to Tweesurfing for all the videos! 1. @mojorojo's Questions to Self before Tweeting Ace Comic Rohan Joshi, one of our first Tweesurfers, urges you to ask yourself certain questions before voicing your opinion on Twitter, to avoid unpleasantness and hate on social media. "You can voice your…
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Instagram Takes One Step Towards Curbing Hate Speech

Instagram Takes One Step Towards Curbing Hate Speech

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The online world comes with an immense freedom of speech. The flipside of this freedom is undeniable. Trolls, that were earlier simply a part of children’s storybooks have now transfigured into people who sit behind their screens and misuse the freedom of the online world. So, how does one go about tackling the trolls and bullies of the online world? Is that necessary? How does one navigate the thin line that is freedom of speech on social media? Online bullying/harassment includes everything from insulting comments on people’s photos to more serious murder/rape threats. Instagram, in its latest effort to create an inclusive community on Instagram has rolled out a feature that allows you to filter out comments that are intended to bully or harass. “We’re not here to curb free…
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Threats to Online Security – Part 2

Threats to Online Security – Part 2

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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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An Increase in Cybersecurity in 2018

An Increase in Cybersecurity in 2018

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Author - Karthik Reddy With the exponential growth of online businesses, our personal and financial information has never been more at risk of cybercrimes. Although defences against these attacks are constantly being developed, so are the new ways to overcome them. There are many types of cybercrime. They include malware, compromised and stolen devices, web based attacks, malicious code and ransomware, to name a few. Most commonly online businesses are targeted, but it is also very common for medical and healthcare industries to be vulnerable to attacks. You can find out a lot more about the types of cybercrime and ways to protect against them at BestVPNs. Although the attacks are often successful, many businesses do a good job at protecting themselves. In 2016 alone, there were 144 million attacks…
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