Things to do to stay safe on the Internet!

Things to do to stay safe on the Internet!

 

Internet>> Nowadays many people are confessing to cyber crimes. According to the police administration, cybercrime complaints are increasing day by day. So even if online is not safe, usage cannot be stopped. Here are some tips:

Keep personal information confidential

Many of us give a lot of personal information publicly on Facebook or other social media for professional reasons. No one needs to know your personal information like whether you are married or not, your home address etc. to hire you. Only your professional skills need to be known.

Keep your privacy settings turned on

Marketers love to know everything about you and so do hackers. Marketers can harass you by sending calls/SMS/mails if they get your data. And the hackers got it. However, you can protect the privacy of your information if you wish. As mentioned by Hacker, both web browsers and mobile operating systems have settings to protect your privacy online.

Privacy-enhancing settings are also available on popular websites like Facebook. These settings are sometimes (intentionally) hard to find because companies want your personal information to facilitate their marketing. Make sure you activate these privacy settings.

Practice safe browsing

Cybercriminals use public devices as bait. They know that people are sometimes lured by questionable content and may search them while looking for it. The internet has many downsides, where a careless click can expose personal data or infect your device with malware. So if you sit on a public computer you must browse in safe/incognito mode.

Use a secure VPN connection

Make sure your internet connection is secure. When you log into an account in a public place online, such as using a common or free Wi-Fi connection, the security of which you have no direct control over. Corporate cybersecurity experts have expressed concern about places where a private network is connected to the outside world. Your weak point is your local internet connection. Make sure your device is secure before providing your bank account number or any other sensitive information.

To further improve your internet browsing security, use Secure VPN connection (Virtual Private Network). VPN enables you to have a secure connection between your device and an internet server so that no one can monitor or access the data you exchange.

Choose a strong password

Passwords are the biggest weak spot in the entire internet security structure, but there are no hacking methods around them. And the problem with passwords is that everyone prefers to give easy-to-remember passwords (like “password” and “123456”), which are easy for cyber thieves to guess. Choose strong passwords to strengthen your power against cybercriminals. A strong and secure  password is one that is unique & complex. It contains at least 12 letters, numbers, and special characters.

Shop online from secure sites

Any time you buy online you need to provide your credit card or bank account information – cybercriminals are eager to get hold of this information. Only provide this information to secure, encrypted sites. As Boston University notes, you can identify secure sites by searching for an address that begins with https:: they can also be identified by a padlock icon next to the address bar.

Be careful what you post

Once published on the Internet, there is no way to delete it. Any comments or photos you post online can stay online forever because even if you delete your post, people who download or take screenshots don’t. There’s no way to permanently delete that embarrassing selfie you took at a party, once you’ve uploaded it. . Don’t put anything online that you wouldn’t want anyone you know.

Who you communicate with online

The people you meet online, and what you know about them, may not be real. According to a report by Infowords, fake social media profiles are a popular way for hackers to hack into the accounts of website users. Be as careful and intelligent as possible in your online use as you are in your personal and social life.

Take an ethical hacking course

Pentanik IT is offering completely free cyber security and ethical hacking courses online. Just search Pentanik IT on YouTube and you will find the channel. Ethical hacking course can be taken from playlist completely free. Along with getting certificates, that too completely free online, the more you know and be careful, the more you can protect yourself from cyber criminals.

 

Ensuring children’s safety on the Internet

The deadly coronavirus has changed the whole world. The duration of stay at home increased, and the normal daily movement outside decreased. As schools and colleges are closed, children’s online classes have started, and with it their internet usage has increased. Since we cannot keep our children from using the Internet even if they don’t want to, it is good to know how we can control their Internet use. Here are some ways to do that –

1. Use of parental control e-mail accounts

Technology experts believe that parental control should be given to children using e-mail accounts to use the device. Using Google’s parental control system, it is very easy to monitor what children are watching on the Internet. Information technology experts suggest that an email address is required to activate the device given to the child, and if it is Gmail, it can be opened as a parental control account.

Naturally, if a child’s date of birth is under 13 when they open an e-mail account, Google will automatically ask if the account is under parental control, or if you want it to be. Then the father or mother has the option to give an e-mail account to control that account. By doing this, the parent will know from the Gmail account what his child has searched for, what apps he has installed, what he has seen on YouTube-Facebook-everything. It is even possible to easily find out where the child went with his device.

2. Installing some important apps

There is an app called Parental Safe Browser, if it can be installed on children’s devices, then children will not be able to watch any videos or content that are harmful for them i.e. adults. This app can be easily installed on mobile, laptop or PC. And if the app is installed on the parent’s device, there is also an option to enable-disable it, which can be used as needed.

Besides, there are some other security related apps, which can be installed to control adult or harmful content in other apps. Installing ‘browser extensions’ like small plug-ins on the PC or laptop browser also stops adult content from coming. Even if a search is made, such content will not be found. And these ‘browser extensions’ are available for free.

3. Using the child version option

There are child versions of the Internet when it comes to Facebook and Messenger. In that case, children can create an account, which they use, but parents have the opportunity to supervise. If someone sends a request or request to the child on Facebook or Messenger, it will also come to the parent. In that case, the child can chat only if the parent gives permission.

4. Awareness while taking internet connection

The company from which the internet connection will be taken should check whether it has the feature of ‘safe internet’ for children. If this feature is available, it is up to the service providers to block some sites or content. Most of the access points or devices we use to connect to WiFi, such as routers, have some advantages. Through which it is possible to control internet usage. However, the user name and password of the devices must be taken from the Internet companies. Through this, if you enable or turn on the parental control features from the laptop, you have control over it.

5. Limiting internet usage

All parents should set a time limit for how long their child can use the Internet. In order to control children’s use of the Internet, it is necessary to determine a specific time when the Internet connection will be available at home, and when it will not be available. In this case, those who provide internet connection can enter the portal and schedule a specific connection time through an application. Again this can be done at the individual level as well. Good quality internet service providers have parental control features. Where it can be determined, when any device will have internet, which content will be available, which apps will be available and which will not be available.

Apart from this, social media like YouTube, Facebook also have parental control and age setting system. If this is turned on, some content will not reach children at all.

 

6. Parents must also participate with the child

When the parent accompanies the child while using the Internet, the child will be encouraged to watch and learn good content from various educational channels and websites. Get them interested in learning or creating something new. YouTube or other sites use artificial intelligence. Through this, topics or content similar to those that a user views tend to come up as suggestions. And that’s why if children are encouraged to watch good and educational content according to their interests, that content will come to them.

7. Parents also need to be careful about what they see

In our country usually a wifi connection is taken at home and it is shared by every member of the house. Every WiFi device has a specific IP or Internet Protocol number or address. Then if parents or adult members of the household use that WiFi connection to search or watch anything harmful to children, then it is stored in that IP address. Therefore, parents should also be careful while using the Internet to keep children away from such content. However, parental controls also filter adult content away from children when Gmail accounts are used on children’s devices.

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