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What Does Safe Use of Internet Gadgets and Media Involve?

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With gadgets becoming second skin, many wonder “what safe use of internet gadgets and media involves?”. Our dependency on the latest gadgets and internet has shot up owing to the ongoing pandemic that forced many to work from home. Businesses have also taken the online route to cater to the changing needs of consumers. To help use technology better, let’s discuss what safe use of internet gadgets and media involves. 

Use internet smartly

Internet security is paramount. We all are well aware of cybercrimes that have recently increased due to our overuse of the internet. With the world turning digital, and financial transactions occurring over the internet, it is extremely important to maximise user’s awareness of personal safety and security risks to private information and property associated with using internet. Also, internet safety is important to secure online transactions and while using digital wallets in mobiles. 

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Youngsters, especially teenagers need to protect themselves against cyberbullying to ensure mental well-being. We request all our readers to stay away from sharing personal details on social media. It is also advised not to regularly update personal status on social media​ to keep cybercriminals away. 

Also Read: The Future: Internet of Behaviour

Do’s & Don’ts of internet security

  • While giving away personal or financial information on any website, check if its URL begins with ‘HTTP’. Also look for the lock icon, which indicates that the connection is secure.
  • Never shop online over unsecured or free WiFi networks.
  • Use unique passwords. Never keep the same password for different online accounts.
  • Enable Secure Browsing for your social media account.
  • Keep your computer’s Firewall ON
  • Avoid checking ‘Keep me logged in’ or ‘Remember me’ options on websites, especially on public computers.
  • Don’t be lazy in ensuring tight privacy settings on social media platforms. For instance, do not use your primary email address for notifications. Instead, use an email address that you do not use for important communications.
  • Stay away from using your personal information such as name, date of birth, address, etc., as your password.
  • When online in a public setting such as a café, airport, or even a mall, ensure no one is snooping on you.
  • Never trust emails asking for your personal or banking information. Be extra cautious against links or attachments in unknown or unwanted emails. Verify any such communication with the sender first.
  • Get rid of old accounts that you do not use anymore.
  • Even though tempting, do not make your photos or videos public on social media sites. 

You Might Also Like to Read: Simple Tips for Safe Internet Banking

Be wary of online media

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Although media is a rich source of information, all of it may not be true or reliable. We should not believe everything shown in advertisements. It is important to clarify information. False information affects our attitudes and behaviours. It is advisable to seek guidance from a trusted adult while accessing media and the internet.

Digital mentoring for kids

Safe use of internet gadgets and media involves responsible use of technology. It is, therefore, important to make children understand the importance of responsible use of technology so that they can ensure their safety in the future when they adapt to new technology.

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Sakshi Sood
Sood is the social media guru we depend on for all crisis situations. How to get the right message, when to get it, she knows it all! The quietest of ‘em all, she love to travel with hubby dear
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