Fight Phishing- Facebook Ups its Security Tools

Fight Phishing- Facebook Ups its Security Tools

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Phishing is an attempt by hackers to trick people into disclosing sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details. Hackers often send emails disguised as messages from companies like Facebook as a guise of authenticity. In a bid to fortify its users against phishing in its name, Facebook revealed new safety settings on its platform. Using this, users can verify if the mail has been sent by Facebook or by someone else. Check this out with some simple steps below- First, Go to your drop down settings page on Facebook * Second, Click on Security and Login ** Third, The final step is selecting See recent emails from Facebook *** On clicking this, the following page opens up showing you the recent mails Facebook has sent you- Facebook…
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He Who Must Not Be Named

He Who Must Not Be Named

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Such was the fear of Lord Voldemort that people quaked at the very idea of uttering his name during his nearly three decade long reign (which saw his rise and fall and another rise and ultimate defeat). As the fear of him continued to grow even in his absence, a young boy emerged from the darkness who, unwittingly at first, addressed this fear head on by calling him by name and went on to do so as an act of defiance against him. It is in this context, dear readers, that I transport you from the world of fantasy fiction to the very real digital age and our new age death eaters, or trolls. Trolling is a form of cyber attack in which a certain user (called a troll) assails…
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Important Safety Tips for Social Media Users

Important Safety Tips for Social Media Users

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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

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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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Staying Safe in Cyber World

Staying Safe in Cyber World

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With India set to reach over 500 million mobile internet users this year, the cyber world has become an extension of our real world and very much a part of our lived reality. With the National Crime Records Bureau recording 3,27,394 reported cases of crimes against women in 2015, a reflection of the high rate of crime online had to be expected. It is in this light that we see the arrest of a cable operator in West Bengal’s Serampore. Caught for allegedly taking obscene photos of college girls and working women while standing at the bus stop or while paying the cable bill, and posting them on a specific Facebook account containing obscene pictures. He was arrested because a woman filed a police complaint on finding out from her…
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