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Safer Internet Day 2020: Here's what it means and how you can be safe

The day is observed every year on the second day of the second week of February with an aim to provide safer and better internet,

twitter-logo Ankita Chakravarti   New Delhi     Last Updated: February 11, 2020  | 17:05 IST

Highlights

  • Safer Internet Day is being celebrated in around 15 countries across the world
  • The day is celebrated on February 11 every year
  • This year the theme of the Safer Internet Day initiative is ‘Together for a better internet’.

Safer Internet Day is being celebrated in around 15 countries across the world today. The day is observed every year on the second day of the second week of February with an aim to provide safer and better internet, where every user gets to use the internet responsibly and without getting their data leaked. The idea was first conceived in Europe as a part of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004. This year the theme of the Safer Internet Day initiative is Together for a better internet'.

But the question is how safe is the internet today considering there have been so many breaches in the past? One cannot deny that the rise in smartphones has given internet access to the majority of people. While the internet today is the most informative tool and our life primarily depends on it, it also has its downsides. A lot of misinformation travels through the internet and that leads to many untoward incidents. Cyberbullying, Password trafficking, data thefts are some of the common crimes that take place on the internet on a regular basis. So what is exactly being done to prevent the crimes on the internet? Are tech giants taking cognizance? Well, to an extent yes.
On the occasion of Safer Internet Day, Google has asked its user to perform a security check to make sure that their Google account is safe. The tech giant has also introduced a password checkup feature that can help users test how strong or weak their passwords on various parameters. The feature enables the users to check if any of their passwords have been hacked or compromised.

Google posted the link on its Twitter handle that redirects the users to the Password check feature. What's safer than #SaferInternetDay?$@feR int3rn3t D@y. Visit http://passwords.google.com and take the Password Checkup. #PehleSafety phir baaki sab, read Google India's tweet.

Once you are redirected to the page, you can see the list of websites that Google's password check feature supports.

And this was how Google can help in preventing the misuse of accounts and give rise to hacking. There are many ways in which you can be secure and one of the simplest ways to prevent your account from getting hacked is to keep a really difficult password, which is not at all predictable.

Another way of preventing the unauthorized app to access your data is to simply uninstall them even if you have installed them by mistake. Your smartphones often contain sensitive data and you wouldn't want anybody to get hold of those so don't every download any app without checking its credibility.

These are very small ways of keeping your data safe on the internet and there are various other ways through which you can save yourself from any kind of cybercrime.

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