New Delhi (Vishvas News): The internet has become an indispensable aspect of modern life, offering a plethora of opportunities for communication, entertainment, shopping, and banking. However, as our dependence on the digital realm increases, so does the risk of cybercrime, fraud, and identity theft. It is thus imperative that we take steps to secure our online presence and protect our sensitive information.
Safer Internet Day is observed every year on the second day of the second week of February and this year it will be observed on February 7th. This day is a clarion call to raise awareness about online safety and security. In this article, we shall delve into some practical measures that individuals can undertake to secure their online footprint.
First and foremost, it is essential to create strong and unique passwords for all online accounts. An ideal password should be at least 12 characters in length and comprise a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. It should not contain personal information that can be easily guessed, such as one’s name, birthdate, or address. A password manager can assist in generating and storing secure passwords. Here is the link to a video where you can read tips for creating strong and unique passwords.
Scams and phishing attempts are prevalent online, with cybercriminals using them as a means to extract sensitive information from unsuspecting individuals. It is thus crucial to exercise caution when receiving emails, messages, or phone calls from unknown sources. Do not click on any links or attachments, and never provide personal information. Always verify the authenticity of the sender, and be wary of requests for passwords or sensitive information. Check how to prevent yourself from mobile or ATM cloning.
In our mobile-first world, smartphones and tablets have become repositories of personal information, making them a prime target for cyber criminals. To secure these devices, it is advisable to use strong passwords or PINs and consider utilizing biometric authentication methods such as fingerprint scanning or facial recognition. In the event of loss or theft, one should use the “find my phone” feature, erase all data remotely if necessary, and report the incident to the mobile carrier. Passwords for accounts accessed from the lost device should also be changed promptly. Check a video on how to locate your device if it is lost or stolen and what to do if you couldn’t find it.
In the digital era, one must be cautious about the information shared online, especially on social media platforms. Sensitive information such as passwords, financial details, and home addresses should not be made public. It is also essential to exercise caution while downloading apps, only downloading them from trusted sources such as the App Store or Google Play. Check an awareness video on how important it is to protect your passwords.
In conclusion, Safer Internet Day serves as a reminder to take online security seriously. By adopting simple and practical measures, one can secure their online footprint and protect themselves from the hazards of the digital realm. Remember, your online security is in your hands, and it is up to you to keep it secure.