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  • Cybercrime Safety: Online Safety Tips

    Cybercrime is a global issue plaguing the world. The dictionary defines cybercrime as “crime conducted via the Internet or some other computer network”. The advantages of technology and the internet have led more criminals to use cyberspace to commit crimes. The threat of cybercrime is increasing as globalization continues to spread across the world. Children are addicted to applications – like facebook, whats-up, v-chat and many more to name few. Knowingly or unknowingly they share their personal information and details that mischievous person misused it and take advantage of it.

    Like some girls which share their status on social networking sites that feeling lonely as I am alone in the house, some mischievous person can take advantage of it.

    Financial frauds are the most common of the cybercrimes these days, people hack the personal account information of the client or sometimes some officials which are the custodian of the information pass it on to the criminals and the same information is used to withdraw the money from the account.

    Some common safeguards while using the Internet or any of the social media sites are that when we are using these social sites we should not share personal information such as passwords of our bank accounts or photographs etc. Internet should be used to simplify our day to day routine work and it should be kept that way only rather than making it the only option to rely on.

    CyberCrime Prevention Tips

    • Use Strong Passwords: Use Different Username for Different accounts and avoid writing them down rather learn them by heart. Make your Passwords more complicated By using Minimum 10 characters and make a habit to change on regular basis.

    • Secure Your Computer: The first Line of Cyber defence Firewall Activate it Immediately as it blocks connections to unknown and bogus Web sites.

    • Check your security settings: Be careful what information you post online.  Once it is on the Internet, it is there forever! Make sure all accounts are set to private. Install the Latest operating system updates.

    Cybercrime is a reality of today, and we can no longer afford to look the other way. The sooner we grow alert to the ramifications of cybercrime, the more we can help.

    MAHIKA ROHATGI
    CLASS – X – A
    KHAITAN PUBLIC SCHOOL

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