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E-Security Tips (Internet / Mobile)

E-Security Tips
  • Don't delete harmful communications (emails, chat logs, posts etc). These may help provide vital information about the identity of the person behind these.
  • Try not to panic.
  • If you feel any immediate physical danger of bodily harm, call your local police.
  • Avoid getting into huge arguments online during chat or discussions with other users. Remember that all other internet users are strangers. You do not know who you are chatting with. So be careful and polite.
  • Be extremely careful about how you share personal information about yourself online.
  • Choose your chatting nickname carefully so as not to offend others.
  • Do not share personal information in public spaces anywhere online, do not give it to strangers, including in e-mail or chat rooms. Do not use your real name or nickname as your screen name or user ID. Pick a name that is gender and age neutral. And do not post personal information as part of any user profile.
  • Be extremely cautious about meeting online acquaintances in person. If you choose to meet, do so in a public place and take along a friend.
  • Make sure that your ISP and Internet Relay Chart (IRC) network have an acceptable use policy that prohibits cyber-stalking. And if your network fails to respond to your complaints, consider switching to a provider that is more responsive to user complaints.
  • If a situation online becomes hostile, log off or surf elsewhere. If a situation places you in fear, contact a local law enforcement agency.
  • Save all communications for evidence. Do not edit or alter them in any way. Also, keep a record of your contacts with Internet System Administrators or Law Enforcement Officials.
Suggestions for better security
  • Use strong passwords. Choose passwords that are difficult or impossible to guess. Give different passwords to all other accounts.
  • Make regular back-up of critical data. Back-up must be made atleast once in each day. Larger organizations should perform a full back-up weekly and incremental back-up every day. Atleast once in a month the back-up media should be verified.
  • Use virus protection software. That means three things: having it on your computer in the first place, checking daily for new virus signature updates, and then actually scanning all the files on your computer periodically.
  • Use a firewall as a gatekeeper between your computer and the Internet. Firewalls are usually software products. They are essential for those who keep their computers online through the popular DSL and cable modem connections but they are also valuable for those who still dial in.
  • Do not keep computers online when not in use. Either shut them off or physically disconnect them from Internet connection.
  • Do not open e-mail attachments from strangers, regardless of how enticing the subject line or attachment may be. Be suspicious of any unexpected e-mail attachment from someone you do know because it may have been sent without that person's knowledge from an infected machine.
  • Regularly download security patches from your software vendors.
Safety tips for Mobile Phone Users
  • Use your phone's security lock code, if it has one.
  • Disable bluetooth, if not in use.
  • Always use a mobile hanging ribbon/thread/strip for safety.
  • Install Anti-virus Software.
  • Record details of your electronic serial number (ESN) of your CDMA phone.
  • Consider separate Insurance.
  • GSM Phones have a unique IMEI number. Key in *#06# to find yours, record it, and keep it safe.
  • Properly mark your phone with your postcode and House No. to help police identify stolen ones.
  • Enable the PIN Code on the handset.
  • Only unlock the phone when you need to use it.
  • Never buy a phone unless you know the seller is the owner, can they produce the original packaging or a receipt?
  • Don't give your mobile phone to strangers on the pretext of emergency situation. They may slip away with your mobile handset.
  • Report a lost or stolen phone to the police immediately and insist for an acknowledgment.
  • Inform your Service Provider if your phone is stolen or lost.
  • Keep your phone out of sight in your pocket or handbag when not in use. Don't attract attention to your phone when you are carrying or using it in the street.
  • Don't leave your mobile unattended.
  • Keep windows/doors of your car closed, when you are talking on mobile phone. Do not use mobile phone while driving.
  • While driving, never keep your cellphone on the dashboard.
  • Subscribe to a Mobile Tracking Service available in the Mobile Market(If it is supported on your handset).
  • Extra vigilance can produce results. You are less likely to become a victim if you are aware of your surroundings.

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