Engaging With Students In Kochi, Kerala On Online Safety

Engaging With Students In Kochi, Kerala On Online Safety

Online Safety
We travelled to Kerala from Coimbatore on Saturday morning, getting our plan in place for the workshops that were to be held there. The topography in south India is absolutely stunning. Our Social Surfing journey through the country has given us a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience seeing India in the best way possible. Interacting with people from all states has taught us a lot. It was Day 6 and we were at Vimala College, Thrissur. A total of 108 girls attended from the Departments of Economics and Social Work. To see a group of students engaging and participating with enthusiasm makes us happy like nothing else does. Most of the crowd was active on Facebook and participated wholeheartedly in the activities of the workshop. A lot of…
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Social Surfing 3.0 Day 3, 10 Workshops Down

Social Surfing 3.0 Day 3, 10 Workshops Down

Online Safety
Social surfing 3.0 is now beginning to gain momentum. We've had our share of warm up and are ready to race to the finish line. The most important way to ensure we get there is to keep the passion alive. The best part about a team that enjoys what they do is that the work becomes a lot more easier and when a mammoth task is ahead of you, the process doesn't feel slow, there's no drudgery. One of our aims in this phase is to encourage our participants to express themselves and do so in whatever language they feel comfortable. We believe being able to talk in English really doesn't have much to do with intelligence. Celebrating uniqueness is so important. We conducted 3 workshops today and the teams…
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Social Surfing 3.0 Day 2, 7 Workshops Down

Social Surfing 3.0 Day 2, 7 Workshops Down

Online Safety
With a bright and early start to the day, we hit the road by 7. Breakfast would have to be along the way, we needed to get to our first workshop by 9:30 and it was a little far from where we were staying. A long day of work was ahead of us. Vikram was the star trainer of the day and with several tricks up his leave, he captivated the audience's attention and we had yet another day of successful workshops. We were at the Jeppiaar Institute Of Technology and conducted 4 workshops with several groups of students. It took some techniques to get the crowd moving and thinking but we got there, giving up is something we just don't consider. By now we've got the ability to sense…
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Ransomware and Defence Mechanisms – How to Stay Safe?

Ransomware and Defence Mechanisms – How to Stay Safe?

Online Safety
On May 12, 2017, almost 200,000 people across 150 countries became victims of one of the biggest cyber attacks in history. In this attack, users across the globe were either locked out of their systems or had lost access to their personal data and files that were encrypted by the malicious software- Wannacry Ransomeware. Ransomeware is a complex piece of software designed to leverage a vulnerability in users operating systems, blocking their access to all personal files, after which they demand a grand sum as ransom to decrypt your files and give you access to your system. https://www.facebook.com/socialsurfing/videos/1426965327361587/ The 21st century has brought to us a world that is inextricably bound with the digital presence. Our growing dependence on computer systems as massive storage and computing devices are now under…
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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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