Safer Internet Day: The rise of internet and it’s risks
The Internet has definitely been one of the biggest innovations of the twentieth century. Providing us with an enormous amount of information at the touch of a finger. It has made the world a smaller place, where everything is available to us with little to no efforts. However, the darker side of the same, cannot be forgotten. Malware attacks, phishing, financial fraud, identity theft, the problems we have to face with the rise of the internet is equally frightening.
What is SID?
To raise awareness and help fight against these cyber attacks every year Safer Internet Day is celebrated across the globe. The aim of this day is to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. This year’s Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrations will take place on Tuesday, 6 February 2018. With its motto being: “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”. The day is led by three charities – Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. It is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre and sees hundreds of organisations get involved to promote a safe and responsible use of digital technology.
Risks while using internet
A large number of users are still in rural areas around the world. They use it because of its ease but have little knowledge about the risks it comes with. Stolen credit card information, login details of yahoo and Gmail users, are sold at the price of a few dollars. False advertising has become a common problem as well. Young kids are prone to these flashy and misguiding adverts and may leak private information.
Cyberbullying has also come across as a major obstacle. The number of cases of kids suffering from depression due to bullying is increasing every year. Kids are especially drawn into a glitz and glamorous lifestyle. A lot of kids are addicted to social media and post every moment of their life on networking sites. Misuse of such information can put the kids under a lot of pressure and problems.
SID has brought together an initiative to promote all these risks that come with internet and help young kids, students and everyone to be educated about the same.
Making stronger passwords is one of the easiest steps to prevent our accounts from being hacked. Regularly changing our passwords, using different passwords for different sites and using virtual keyboard are some other methods.
For kids, parental controls should be set up so that their internet usage is minimized and you have control over what they can access. Constantly monitor their social networking sites and educate them about the cons of the internet as well. Don’t open unknown emails and never reply to spam.
Always keep your software updated and use anti-virus software.
Google India would also be launching a new internet safety campaign in the market on Safer Internet Day. Its campaign #SecurityCheckKiya is aimed at young people using the net for the first time. they would be providing a three-step security check. First, Google will run promotion links for the ‘security check’ feature on its homepage from February 6, 2018. It will also promote the ‘Play Protect’ feature on Android which can help detect a malicious app. They would also be promoting Internet safety at curriculum level in some schools across India.
At the basic level, let us promote safe internet usage. Let us help the people around us from being harmed by the ill-effects of the internet while being a responsible internet user as well.