Avoid Becoming Cyber Victim: Steps Need To Follow

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Priyanka Dutta, Kolkata: The advancement of technology has made man dependent on Internet for all his needs. Internet has given man easy access to everything while sitting at one place.

Social networking, online shopping, storing data, gaming, online studying, online jobs, every possible thing that man can think of can be done through the medium of internet. With the development of the internet and its related benefits also developed the concept of cyber crimes.

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In the matters of cyber crimes, India is also not far behind the other countries where the rate of incidence of cyber crimes is also increasing day by day. The SC on Tuesday asked online behemoths Facebook and Whats app to file an affidavit assuring that they will not share data of their users with a third party until the Centre framed a law for data protection.

A five-judge constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, justices A K Sikri, Amitava Roy, A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar granted the companies four weeks to file the affidavit. The bench said it will examine their response and decide whether interim order is required to restrain sharing data with a third party.

There are few of Facebook pages, that are using photos of young girls, housewives, students without their knowledge, and described or poses them in vulgar manner or sometime it contains text that comes under cyber bullying. The City Of Joy, If you any come across with such experience don’t hesitate to lodge a complaint with the link to

cyberps@kolkatapolice.gon.in
cyber PS- 2214 – 3000 / 2250 5120
cyber Crime Dept – 245-06100 / 245 – 06174
email : occomp@cidwestbengal.gov.in

Maharashtra has emerged as the center of cyber crime with maximum number of incidence of registered cases under cyber crimes. Hacking with computer systems and obscene publication were the main cases under IT Act for cyber crimes. Maximum offenders arrested for cyber crimes were in the age group 18-30 years.

563 people in the age group 18-30 years were arrested in the year 2010 which had increased to 883 in the year 2011.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, by now you must be aware that social media has completely taken over people’s lives. Be it letting the world know where you’re headed by “checking in” on Facebook; or outraging about the topic of the day on Twitter; or posting pictures of the burger you ate with a silly hashtag on Instagram. You never know who’s watching or tracking your social media activity. So, we have a list of what you shouldn’t share on social media.

There are some steps which you should follow :

1) Your location
We are stating the obvious but sometimes it needs to be done. You may not be aware of it, but someone may just be stalking you. By giving away your location on social media, you are telling them your whereabouts literally at the click of a button.

2) Your address
Why share something extremely personal as your address online? It is a potential safety hazard and anyone can just show up at your front door just because you shared your address.

3) Your phone number
Social media sites, especially Facebook, is encouraging you to share your phone number. If you are really keen on doing so, the least you can do is change your privacy settings to ‘Only Me.’ This way, no one but you will know what your phone number is – and you already know your phone number, don’t you?

4) Too much information about your job
This one is also obvious, but we’ll reinforce it. You needn’t share too much information about your job. You don’t want to give away what you’re getting done at work or how.

5) Anything you don’t want shared
You went to a friends gathering and had a drink one too many. Your friends clicked – perhaps embarrassing — pictures and shared them on Facebook or Instagram. Anything that you don’t want certain people on your friend list (or even those who aren’t on your friend list) to see, don’t share it online. And if a friend of yours has already shared it, then request them to take it down.

6) Your full date of birth
If you think that sharing your full date of birth on Facebook cannot pose a problem for you, you’re wrong. Surprisingly, many people use their date of birth (even if not in the right order) as their password of one or more account. When you share your date of birth online, you are giving out information that may prove useful for hackers.

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