The BCA department of VVM’s Shree Damodar College of Commerce and Economics organised an interaction on cyber security.
The resource person for the session was director A&R Info Security Solutions Pvt Ltd, Rakshit Tandon, who combats combat cyber crime in association with various government and non-government agencies.
Tandon presentations focused on cyber crimes, threats and how one can secure oneself from them. He put forth facts and figures relating to the use of internet, CERT annual report and Norton crime report. He also shared cases that saw young students involved in cyber crime. He highlighted the different cyber threats facing people and shared that cyber defamation, cyber stalking, cyber hacking, fake profiles, defamatory posts, sexting, identity hijacking and misusing, bulling and pornography were very common.
Students need to be alert and should safeguard themselves from such threats he said sensitising them about preventive measures to be taken while surfing the internet. He appraised them about the Information Technology Act and remedial measures that can be taken in case of cyber crime attacks.
The latter half of the session focused on how to secure Facebook accounts, mobiles phones, WhatsApp and Gmail accounts.
Tandon concluded the session by motivating students to consider cyber security as a career option. The talk was followed by an interaction session.
Guidelines to safeguard against cyber crimes:
* Always use a genuine operating system and regularly update it.
* Always use genuine and up-to-date antivirus/internet security software. Also use anti-spyware to protect your system from trojans/spyware/malwares.
* Keep your firewall on and updated.
* Never save passwords on browsers and instant messengers like Yahoo, Google, Skype, etc.
* While browsing don’t install shortcuts and toolbars from pop-ups and ads.
* Always install software’s available at the parent site.
* Never keep the same password for all your accounts.
* Keep recovery options secured.
* Never post email address on news group and social networking sites.
* Always login to site on public networks/WIFI with HTTPS.
* Avoid using free WIFI access at public places.
* Use privacy settings/security settings of the social networking sites wisely before you start using the service.
* In case you are cyber-bullied/cyber-stalked, immediately report to the service provider of the site or the nearest police cyber cell.
* Every phone has a security wipe feature (restore factory defaults settings) use this before selling your handset or exchanging your handset with anybody. This will prevent data theft from your device.
* If using smartphones like Android, Blackberry, Apple phones keep GPS disabled with social networking sites and in camera settings geo tagging disabled as it entails the threat of making your location public.
* Don’t download unauthenticated applications from market.