People often question the need for privacy to be safe. Moreover, the seekers of privacy are accused of committing crimes. Don’t those accusers close the door of their house? Shouldn’t they be accused too? Crimes are easier when committed online. Someone can hide behind a screen and scan everyone’s life. With the rapid growth of technology, getting ‘webbed’ is becoming easier. Want to know how to travel safely in India? Check out this article on travel safety (LINK). Economic Times mentioned in its article ‘How safe is your computer in a global cyber attack?’ that there are 2 types of cyber crimes: First, a computer is used to attack another computer like hacking. Second, the computer is used as a weapon to commit real world crimes like credit card frauds and pornography. To shield yourself from both, here’s all that you have to do.
1. Don’t get ‘followed’:
To be popular these days, you don’t have to be nice to people. The number of followers on social media rank the social standing of a person. People collect followers more than politicians collect votes. Being in a place that is considered cool by all adds to the ‘awe’ factor one needs to keep people curious about his happening life. Disclosing geolocation might not get you the kind of followers you’re looking for. People can physically follow you to those places and stalk you. The cardinal rule of any stalker is not to let you know that you’re being stalked. You wouldn’t want such followers in real life, would you?
2. Save your pictures from getting ‘framed’:
A day out with friends has become more of a photo shoot than an opportunity for creating memories. Out of the 100 pictures clicked in a day, one is surely to make the list of display pictures to flaunt on the internet. Your picture can be downloaded in the blink of an eye and used for criminal or derogatory activities. Profile picture guard protects your display picture from being 'framed' for all the wrong reasons. Just like a personal bodyguard keeps ill-intentioned people away, Profile Picture Guard keeps your pictures safe from malicious people.
3. Hide your real age:
For years now, people have been hiding their real age. Little did they know that they were protecting their privacy in the process. Avoid mentioning your year of birth on social media as an identity thief can take over your life. If you’re doing so, you might as well disclose your bank details, passwords and send them a copy of your house keys. Impersonators can take advantage of it and take over private information or possessions in your name. This is the perfect leverage to probably force you into illegal activities.
4. Don’t let games play you:
The only football and racing youngsters understand nowadays are through the online games. Beware of online gaming apps! They dig out information from your profile to play you. It all starts as fun and games but it might end at a dreadful note. The apps can be portrayed as a game but it might corrupt your computer system or copy your personal files against your will. Unless you’re a hermit, you have heard about the Blue Whale Challenge. It has taken hundreds of lives all over the globe.The game ends with the player’s life. Beware of scams like these and do not open unknown links.
5. Keep your personal life ‘private’:
Suppose you are getting married. Why should unknown people know of it? They’re not gonna dance at the wedding. The only repercussion of it is that strangers get access to cause troubles. Prying eyes might get hold of your usual hangout places, your daily routine and maybe even your loved ones. You’re risking all of your lives. Keep your personal life 'private' in the account settings on social media sites. This keeps the unnecessary fuss away.