Important Safety Tips for Social Media Users

Important Safety Tips for Social Media Users

#TalkingSafety, Online Safety
Social media in the 21st century has emerged as more than just a mode of communication. It has empowered users to function not merely as consumers of messages but also as producers of content and information. Being able to do everything with as much as a click has definitely brought the world and opportunities closer but has also brought to the table a series of new risks to our privacy and security. In order to make sure all of us contribute to a healthy space online while protecting our own identity and privacy, we must keep in mind and practice the following: Avoid Oversharing Data. Most social networking sites require users to give out basic information like their birthdays, location and numbers. Giving this data can be extremely hazardous and…
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Redressal Mechanisms for Cyber Crimes in India

Redressal Mechanisms for Cyber Crimes in India

#TalkingSafety, Online Safety
The 21st century has brought to us new communication technologies and advancements that pose subtle yet powerful threats to the evolving society. Along with traditional forms of security, our society now faces a unique and rapidly emerging threat in the form of cyber crimes. In 2016, there were almost 40,000 cyber crime cases reported in India. With the numbers only increasing every year there is an urgent need to establish effective relief mechanisms for action against cyber criminals and relief to the victims. Multinational corporations and governments of various countries are employing and training manpower to equip them with the skills required in tackling cyber crime and tracing the people behind such attacks. In India, the government has taken concrete measures to establish mechanisms taking complaints of victims and providing…
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Cyber Crime Cells in India: What We Have Versus What We Need

Cyber Crime Cells in India: What We Have Versus What We Need

Online Safety
Our lives today are inextricably bound with technology. The cyber world is very much a part of our real lives and thus also has the massive power to impact the same. While, the internet along with the various other technologies that enhance our experiences in the cyber world, has made life much simpler, it has also given the rise to a new kind of threat to our security in the form of cyber crimes. Acknowledging the potential of negative impact that these cyber crimes may have on the minds of its users, governments across the world are working on mechanisms that provide support to victims and initiate action against cyber offenders. In India too, as a part of the Criminal Investigation Department there are a number of cyber cell units…
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Bull’s Eye on a Moving Dartboard – The Morals of Social Media #Sextortion #RevengePorn

Bull’s Eye on a Moving Dartboard – The Morals of Social Media #Sextortion #RevengePorn

Online Safety
Facebook Inc. has around 4500 Moderators onboard who sift harmful content that are shared on the social media platform, globally. The harmful content is either reported by the social media users or it is evident enough without having been reported. Sextortion and Revenge Porn fall in the latter category. In the former category, we have cases of online abuse and fake social media profiles. There are no official statistics on creation of fake profiles. However, in India, there is an estimated 168% rise in the same. As part of ethics and principles, Facebook has decided to ban / take down / take action against harmful content directed at someone else but not the self. The social media organization feels that self-inflicted harmful content that goes viral on the platform should…
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The Growing Importance and Need for Cyber Protection Skills

The Growing Importance and Need for Cyber Protection Skills

Online Safety
The term ‘Human Security’ was popularized in the 1990’s by the UNDP that used it to bring attention to various humanitarian, economic and social issues that needed to be tackled in order to alleviate human suffering and ensure their security. Security, back then was limited to the ideas of physical safety by preventing and guarding against violence or any bodily harm. However, with the coming of the internet and subsequently, the cyber world, the notion of security has now gained a new dimension. Now, not only does one need to protect themselves against the threats in the real world, but also need to lay equal emphasis on protecting themselves online. Recognizing the need to take on online security as seriously as physical defense, a group of executives from the popular…
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