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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Twitter Introduces New Direct Messages Features

Twitter Introduces New Direct Messages Features

Online Safety
Social networking platforms have really revolutionized how people communicate with each other and disseminate information through means of the internet. With over 313 million active users monthly, twitter has emerged as one of the leading social media platforms in the last few years. With each networking site trying to introduce new features to attract a greater number of users, Twitter, the micro blogging app, has also recently rolled out new features for its app and website in order to make it more user and business friendly. The first new feature allows users who can receive messages from users who don’t follow their account to filter the same. In addition to the ‘messages’ tab in the inbox there will now be another tab labeled ‘requests’ that will display messages from unknown…
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Why Teaching Children About Cyber Safety is Important

Why Teaching Children About Cyber Safety is Important

Online Safety
In today’s time, where we turn to computers and smartphones with internet for almost everything, our increasing dependence on the same makes us more vulnerable to cyber attacks and crimes. With children younger than six year using tablets to play games, children are exposed to the cyber world from a very young age. While this supplements their growth and learning by leading them to a world of infinite information and possibilities, it also introduces them to a world where anyone sitting behind a computer screen can contact and communicate with these children with ill intentions, making them more prone to be victims of cybercrimes. Almost all school going children have access to social networking sites or the social media, however, a very small percentage of these children are aware of…
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