The introduction of the internet has brought the world closer and made it possible for you to socialize with your social circles right from your mobile device or PC. It’s no surprise then, that almost everyone has a presence on those platforms. But while this is the positive side of the online social world, there is also another negative side to all of this.
A recent survey by Cybersecurity company Norton by Symantec conducted in 2017 shows that online harassment is increasing in India, with 80% of the surveyed users admitting to have encountered some form of it. Online harassment can manifest in several forms. We’ve listed some of the most common Ways you can be harassed online and also some ways in which you can protect yourself against these dangers:
If you’re on Social Media, odds are that you’ve got personal information – such as your photos, details of your educational background, your relationships – floating around. This provides online fraudsters the opportunity to take this advice and use it to commit frauds or unlawful acts. By way of example, fraudsters obtain private details like your Aadhaar card number or personal information like email ID and then uses it to execute fraudulent or illegal activities, landing you in trouble. Sounds scary? It is.
If yes, and especially if you’re a woman, you’d have definitely received disturbing messages from strangers. This is only a very basic level of cyberstalking and has been proven to escalate very easily. Not just strangers, but there is an increasing number of cases of cyberstalking by acquaintances, friends, and family as well. Not only can this be very frustrating and annoying, but can also lead to a situation where it becomes hopeless and terrifying.
The majority of us consider our Social Profiles the place from where we could express our views. But what happens when someone takes something you posted, takes it out of context and misrepresents your viewpoint? It sounds benign, but it can land you in serious legal trouble. By way of example, if you make a podcast/blogs and someone hacks into it, takes control of it and sets out content that is defamatory, infringes on any intellectual property or leads to an invasion of an individual’s rights of privacy then you may land in legal trouble.
So how can you protect yourself?
Some fundamental practices you can follow to avoid such situations are:
Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anybody.
Check the privacy settings of your social profile and make sure that you’ve enabled the setting which prevents unconnected individuals from viewing your information or downloading your pictures
Never share sensitive information like your phone number, address or email address on your social profile, and if you do, make sure that they are concealed from the public
Don’t engage with strangers, however familiar they seem.
Censor yourself while posting through your social profiles.
While these measures will keep you protected to some degree, anti-social elements looking to cause harm will always find a way to do so. In case you end up in an uncomfortable situation online, you should report the incident or the consumer who is causing trouble for you. You may also lodge a complaint with the Cyber Cell in case things get out of control. Our Individual Cyber Safe Insurance will make certain that the financial setbacks you could incur due to such an event get minimized.