How To Stay Safe Online

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The introduction of has brought the world closer and made it possible for you to interact with your social circles directly from your mobile device or PC. Moreover, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter etc. have made it easier than ever to keep the folks who matter to you updated about the happening in your life. It’s no wonder then, that almost everyone has a presence on those platforms. But while this is the positive side of the online social world, there’s also another more negative side to all this.

A recent survey by Cybersecurity firm Norton by Symantec conducted in 2017 reveals that online harassment is growing in India, with 80% of the surveyed users acknowledging to have encountered some form of it. Online harassment can manifest in several forms. We have listed some of the most common ways in which you can be harassed online and also some ways in which you can protect yourself against these risks:

Identity Theft:

If you’re on Social Media, chances are that you have personal information – such as your photos, details of your educational history, your relationships – floating about. This gives online fraudsters the chance to take this information and use it to commit frauds or unlawful acts. Sounds scary? It is.

Cyber Stalking:

Have you ever taken a look at the Message Requests you receive on your’Other Folder’ on Facebook? If yes, and especially if you’re a woman, you would have definitely received upsetting messages from strangers. This is only a very basic level of cyberstalking and has been known to escalate very easily. Not just strangers, but there is a growing number of cases of cyberstalking by acquaintances, friends, and family as well. Not only can this be very frustrating and annoying, but could also result in a situation where it becomes hopeless and frightening.

Media Liability:

Most of us consider our Social Profiles the location from where we can express our opinions. But what happens when someone takes something you posted, takes it out of context and misrepresents your point of view? It sounds harmless, but it can land you in serious legal trouble. For example, if you make a podcast/blogs and someone hacks into it, manages it and puts out content that is defamatory, infringes on any intellectual property or results in an invasion of an individual’s rights of privacy then you can land in legal trouble.

So how do you protect yourself?

Some fundamental practices you can follow to prevent such scenarios are:

Set strong passwords and do not share them with anybody.

Check the privacy settings of your social profile and make sure that you’ve enabled the setting which prevents unconnected individuals from seeing your details or downloading your pictures

Never share sensitive details like your phone number, address or email address in your social profile, and if you do, make sure that they are hidden from the public

Don’t engage with strangers, no matter how familiar they seem.

Censor yourself while posting via your social profiles.

While these steps will keep you protected to some extent, anti-social elements that want to cause harm will always find a way to do so. In case you end up in an uncomfortable situation on the internet, you should report the incident or the user who is causing trouble for you. You can also lodge a complaint with the Cyber Cell in case things get out of hand. Our Individual Cyber Safe Insurance will ensure that the financial setbacks that you could incur due to this event get minimized.

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