January 1st, 1983 is considered as the official birthday of the Internet. Prior to this the various computer networks did not have a standard way to communicate with each other. Then, a new communication protocol was established called Transfer Control Protocol/Internet Work Protocol (TCP/IP). This allow different kinds of computers on different networks to talk to each other.
Internet is a vast network that connects computers from all over the world through the internet people can communicate or share information from anywhere with an Internet connection. Nowadays, each and every person is using internet for entertainment, shopping, learning, reading, work, time pass, communication with their loved ones or to earn money. Internet is become an important part of our life just like our day to day activities. In short we can say that the internet has become unavoidable part in our daily life. It make our life easy, simple and fast. The rise of the internet has sparked a debate about how online communication affecting our social relationships. The development of the internet today is being shaped predominantly by instant Mobile communications. The mobile internet is a fresh revolution. The people no longer spending the time at a computer screen after work or class. Instead they use their mobile device to stay online everywhere all the time. Now the question is arise that if there are so many advantages of internet then why we need to make a safer internet plat? why it is so much necessary? So let’s discuss about this topic.
At present, our daily lives depend on the internet. We can’t even imagine our life without internet but it is important to know that is this internet is safe for us? We do online shopping, banking, digital wallet and so much on it so is this safe? Our children’s using internet for gaming, study or entertainment so is it safe for even them? Questions are so many but what is the solution for this? So let’s discuss about this topic in detail below.
Global computer networks provide various communication and information exchange facilities under which big to small users of the internet cheated and scammed on the internet.
Cyber and computer crime is increasing day by day. We do so much on internet like online bill payment, shopping, payment service, mobile banking and now digital wallet. That’s why the internet is a good source for hackers, thieves and pickers too to collect any confidential information from any country.
So, it is very important for every citizen of country used internet safely and securely without clicking any private information.
Bullying, Cybercrime and Trolling are affecting the mental health of many people so, there is a need to take step towards a kinder internet.
Top 10 Internet Safety Rules to Make it a Safer Place
1. Keep Personal Information Professional and Limited
The employers or customers don’t need to know your personal relationship status or your home address. The only thing that they need to know is just about your expertise and your professional background and how to get in touch with you. You don’t need to give your personal information to strangers individually.
2. Keep Your Privacy Settings On
Marketer’s and Hackers both loves to know all about you. Both can learn a lot of information about you from your browsing and social media but you can take a charge of your information major websites like Facebook also have privacy enhancing settings available to protect your information. This settings are sometimes hard to find because companies want your personal information for its marketing value. Make sure you have enabled these privacy safeguard and keep them enabled.
3. Practice Safe Browsing
If you are wondering how to safely surf the web for both personal and professional use, it is very important to follow safe internet browsing practices. Without the proper safeguards you open yourself up to identity theft, data theft and even computer damage. In case of Identity theft hackers steal your information such as your credit card number, bank account, social security number and more. Hackers can then use this information for all sort of damaging purposes including making fraud, purchases, taking out new credit card and even applying for government benefits.
4. Make Sure Your Internet Connection is Secure. Use a Secure VPN Connection
When you go online in a public place for example using public Wi-Fi connection then you have no direct control over its security. Sometimes the place where a private network connects you to the outside world. Make sure your device is secure and when in doubt wait for a better time before providing information such as your bank account number.
5. Be Careful What You Download
The top goal of Cyber criminals is to trick you into downloading Malware- Program or apps that carry Malware or try to steal information. This Malware can be distinguished as an app: anything from a popular game to something that checks traffic or the weather.
6. Choose Strong Passwords
Passwords are one of the biggest weak spot in the whole Internet Security structure, but there is currently no way around them and the problem with password is that people will tend to choose easy ones to remember such has their phone number, date of birth or their name which are very easy to track by cyber Thieves. So you have to select a strong password that are harder for cyber criminals to demystify.
7. Make Online Purchases from Secure Sites
Whenever you make a online purchase you need to provide your credit card or bank account information just what cybercriminals are most eager to get their hands on. So, only supplied this information to sites that provide secure encrypted connection.
8. Be Careful What You Post
The internet does not have a delete key, as that young candidates in New Hampshire found out. Any comment or image you post online may stay online forever because removing the original does not remove any copies that other people made. There is no way for you to “take back” a remark you wish you had not made or get rid of that embarrassing selfie you take at a party. Don’t put anything online that you wouldn’t want your mum or a prospective employer to see.
9. Be Careful Who You Meet Online
Whenever you meet someone online from your social media account it is not always they where the same whom the claim to be. According to a report fake social media profiles are a popular way for hackers to cosy up to unknown web users and pick their cyber pockets.
10. Keep Your AntiVirus Program Up To Date
Internet security software cannot protect you against every threat, but it will detect and remove most Malware. You should make sure it’s upto date, be sure to stay current with your operating systems updates and updates to applications you use they provide a vital layer of security.
Misuse of Internet Everyday
Internet is a blessing for humanity. It made life easy and helped technology to improve. But with the multiple advantages of the internet there are some disadvantages too. There is a list of misuses of internet which are occurring date today:
- Identity Theft
- Child Pornography
- Cyber Pirates
- Online Negativity
- Get-Rich-Quick Scheme
- PayPal Scammers
- Fake Job Scams
The slogan of safe internet day is ‘Together for a better internet. That means we all together can make the internet a safer place especially for children by being cautious about the content we post, reporting the fake and misleading content, supporting and defending the victims of trolling and spreading awareness can pave the way to safer and better internet.
YOUR KNOWLEDGE IS OUR DUTY