Safe Internet Practices, what I do to stay safe on the net!
The Internet in India 2022, report suggests India has 759 million active internet users. The internet has become an integral part of our lives, shaping the way we connect, learn, and conduct business.
However, amidst the vast opportunities it offers, there are potential risks that can compromise our privacy and security. Just as we take care of our physical belongings, safeguarding our digital footprint is equally important. I am sure everyone is already aware that we must take a few steps to ensure digital safety.
Here are six essential safe internet practices that resonate with most of us, ensuring a safer and more secure online experience for all.
Keeping Internet safe place for ourselves
Chhota, Magar Strong Passwords
In our diverse country, just as we appreciate the beauty of small things, we should value the strength of “chhota” passwords. To protect our online accounts, we must create passwords with a mix of Hindi and English characters, numbers, and special symbols.
Avoid using predictable information like birthdates or names, as hackers can easily crack them. Remember, a strong “chhota” password is like a fortress for your online accounts, protecting them from unauthorized access. And it will be easy to remember
Apni ID, Apna Google Authenticator
Indians value personal ownership and privacy. Embrace this sentiment by enabling Google Authenticator or any 2FA app for your accounts. This adds an extra layer of security beyond the password. With 2FA, even if someone gets hold of your password, they still can’t access your accounts without the second level of authentication. It’s like having your very own “chowkidar” (watchman) guarding your online world!
Sometimes it gets irritating and time consuming, but it is far comfortable than getting the account hacked.
Regular Jugaad – Software Updates
The spirit of “jugaad” is inherent in every Indian, finding innovative solutions to everyday problems.
When it comes to your digital world, apply the same “jugaad” mindset and keep your devices and software updated.
Developers constantly fix security issues, ensuring your online experience remains “jugaadu-safe” (innovative and secure). Regular updates help protect against vulnerabilities that hackers may exploit. Keeping your devices and apps up to date is important for your digital safety.
Social Media Par Limit – Privacy Ka Dhyan Rakhna
Indians are known for their close-knit families and social gatherings. However, when it comes to social media, it’s essential to set a “limit” on sharing personal information.
Avoid posting your home address, phone number, or financial details openly. Keep it among your trusted circle. “Privacy ka dhyan rakhna” (mind your privacy), just like you would at a family gathering, ensures that your personal information stays safe from prying eyes.
Displaying your day in and day out on SM may help you gain some quick followers but that will give fodder to the hackers also. Specially while sharing details of children, you must consider the potential hazards and safety measures.
Phishing Se Savdhan – Email Se Satark Rehna
Few years ago, Phising was a unheard term, but now with so many financial institutions and orgs. Running Internet safety campaings, Phising has become a common term.
Indians are known for their street-smartness, and that applies to the digital streets too! Be vigilant against phishing attempts. Watch out for suspicious emails asking for personal information or offering unbelievable opportunities. Trust your instincts and “satark rehna” (stay alert), just like you would on a busy street. Always verify the sender’s email address before clicking on any links or sharing sensitive data.
Never fall far an email that claims that you have won a lottery or a luxury vacation etc.
Public Wi-Fi Se Bachke – VPN Ka Sahara
Indians love to explore the world, and that includes the digital realm. But when using public Wi-Fi, “bachke rehna” (be cautious)!
Avoid engaging in sensitive activities like banking or shopping while connected to public Wi-Fi networks. Instead, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for that extra layer of security. Think of it as your “sahara” (support) while traveling in uncharted online territories. A VPN encrypts your internet connection, making it difficult for cybercriminals to intercept your data.
Using public wi-fi for shopping or payments is not a safe Internet usage, you are making yourself vulnerable.
Final words about safe Internet practices
In this digital age, as responsible Indians, protecting our digital identity should be a top priority. Just as we secure our homes and valuables, we must safeguard our online presence. Embrace these six safe internet practices with an “Indian mindset,” making them a part of your daily online routine.
Create “chhota, magar strong” passwords, enable “Apni ID, Apna Google Authenticator,” and practice regular “jugaad” by updating your software. On social media, mind your “privacy ka dhyan,” stay alert against “phishing,” and remember to use a “VPN ka sahara” when on public Wi-Fi.
Let’s collectively work towards a safer and more secure digital India, where each of us takes charge of protecting our digital footprint. By adopting these safe internet practices, we can enjoy the vast opportunities of the online world while ensuring our privacy and security remain intact. Together, let’s create a digital India that is not only thriving but also safe and secure for everyone.
As we are talking about internet, you can read one of my posts about Positive screen time for kids.
This post is a part of Blogchatter Blog Hop. It is in response to the weekly prompts for 25th-31st July and I chose the prompt ‘6 safe Internet practices you follow’