Today in this digitally empowered era, a single click is capable of transferring funds to another or to seamlessly connect with another computer.
Truly exhilarating if you think of it, yet, it does come with its share of lurking danger say experts on cyber security.
From educational institutes to corporate houses, banks to even Bollywood actors, all have fallen prey to cyber attacks at one point of time or the other.
In comes the need for digital literacy and this edition of (the last of the series) #Pune365LiteracyNext focuses on cyber security measures to make your internet experience safe and comfortable.
#LiteracyNext is a city initiative powered by Pune365, to redefine literacy and take it beyond the scope of the alphabet to fundamental awareness on matters that concern the city and its people.
“100% security is a myth, and everyone needs to understand that,” remarks Adv. Rajas Pingle, Cyber Law and Cyber Security Expert, when quizzed about how one can protect themselves from falling victim to cyber theft and cyber bullying. Speaking of cyber bullying, no one should have to go through something like this. Statistics on sites such as broadbandsearch show that cyberbullying is still a growing problem in today’s society, and it is time for this to change.
“As an organization you must follow reasonable security practices mentioned under Reasonable Security Practices and Procedure Rules, 2011 under Information Technology Act, 2000.
As far as cyber-bullying is concerned, sharing less information is always better, as normally the information you share is used by the perpetrator to his/her own advantage, besides causing inconvenience.
If you still become a victim of cyber bullying, then one should immediately inform parents and/or teachers at schools,” shares Adv. Pingle.
Pingle advises citizens who may become a victim of cyber crime to gather whatever information possible, including any evidence. Using a network intelligence engine would assist them in gathering said information. “They should then take that information along with a formal complaint and file it at the nearest police station or a Cyber Crime Cell in the city.
The more diligently this is done, the better the chance of resolving the matter appropriately and in your favour” he adds. To avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime, it’s wise to use reputable file sharing sites when you are sharing files online, like Digital Pigeon.
He also recommends that people having sensitive information stored on their devices should avoid using public and free wifi networks.
Sharing her experience, Priya Nathani, an entrepreneur says, “I was almost duped by a lady after I sold some accessories to her over Instagram.
After she received the product, she transferred the final amount to my account as promised. But she transferred more than the final amount saying that it happened by mistake and I should return the money as she needed it urgently.
“I even received a credit message on my registered mobile number. Hence, I thought it was a genuine mistake and I should transfer the excess amount back to her. But to my surprise, I read a similar incident on the newspaper the other day and that came to mind.
“I immediately checked my account statement and it didn’t reflected any credit. I was taken aback. I couldn’t believe I was being conned.
“I instantly took screenshots of our conversation and called the lady. Once she realised I figured her plan, she disconnected the call and never connected again.
“The police officials were however helpful in nabbing the culprits. These types of frauds are very common these days and people should take precautions, lest they actually fall prey to these conmen,” Nathani adds.
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