Saturday, February 3, 2018

Cyber Privacy , Safety & Security Handbook

The INTERNET  is the most benefiting invention of the society known to us.
The openness and world wide connectivity also has made internet a dangerous if you aren’t aware of safety on internet. According to our popular belief; most vulnerable are the young girls.

This handbook compiled by Shilpa Sayura Foundation Youth with the funding of ISOC (Internet Society) for the Respect Girls on Internet Project. Please use, share and comment freely.

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Respect Girls on Internet

Community Based Cyber Harassment Protection.

Respect Girls on Internet initiative address Harassment of teenage girls on social networks – including extreme cases of self-harm - is a growing problem in Sri Lanka due to an increase in their use among teenagers. In most cases young people are withdrawing from social life and digital society; the physical and/or psychological victimization affects their education and employment. Although national laws and procedures are in place for protection, there is a general lack of awareness, advice and resources available – in the local language - for victims to seek justice. Respec Girls project creates digital content in the local language to raise awareness about the problem, advocate for safe and respectful online discourse, promote empathy and develops a network of youth for preventing Cyber Harassment and supporting victims.

One output was Cyber Privacy eHandbook for those new to the Internet, as well as for teachers and parents. A group of young people were trained to create online apps, short films, digital posters, stories, and comics to encourage peer-to-peer awareness. This online network has expanded to the real world with short film exhibitions and awareness raising exercises in schools. All content created from the project are distributed freely under Creative Commons 3.0 allowing for wider sharing, replication and adaptation across the world.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

How to use open DNS family shield for safe internet

Laptops, smartphones, tablets, DVRs, game consoles, TVs, literally anything that connects to the internet has a threat to privacy and safety of anyone. School labs shared by 1000 of students and we have no way of knowing what they do on internet. What do they search? What sites do they access?, What technologies they use and for what? Shouldn’t we know before something bad happens?

We can protect our children, school networks and homes from outside as well as inside thetas by following proper procedure and tools. Read more

Protect children from accessing pornography , phishing and malware websites. Use openDNS familyshield for your DNS The Free DNS will help automatically filter websites that are not suitable for children.

How to Identify Scholarship Scams

1. Application Fee: 

Scholarship scams are used by organizations that charge fees for availing procedures or application submissions that can be undertaken free of cost. Never pay for scholarship application fees.
2. Guaranteed Scholarship Award:

 Scams that guarantee an award- Now this trap can be tempting to an aspiring student. Nobody can guarantee a scholarship. If you are worthy and your concerns are true you will certainly get it. Don't get into the trap called 'Scholarship guarantee'. No such thing exists.
3. You "Win" a Scholarship that You Never Applied:

 Scholarships scams will contact college students informing them that they have won full college scholarship. You cannot win a scholarship if you have never for applied for it.
4. Free Scholarship Scams:
Nothing in life comes easily. There is no such thing like Free Scholarship. Scholarship is generally given to students with high quality academic record. Simply money does not grow on three.
5. Request for Personal Information:

Some scams ask for your personal details, such as bank statement, date of birth, passwords, account numbers, social security number etc. Never share your personal information with anyone online. Your identity might get cloned.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

68.To Unfriend someone

To Unfriend tap on the Friends tab and select Unfriend.

When you unfriend someone, they won’t be able to see posts you share with your friends and you won’t see info they share with their friends anymore. People you unfriend can still see posts you share publicly or with friends if they are friends of your friends.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

67.How to Report Things on Facebook *

If  there is abusive content , spam or fake profiles on Facebook you can  report them directly to Facebook .

When something gets reported to Facebook, They review it and remove anything that doesn't follow the Facebook Community Standards. They don't include any information about the person who filed the report when we reaching out to the person responsible.

To report a profile:

Go to the profile you want to report
In the bottom right of the cover photo, click " ..."  and select Report
Follow the on-screen instructions

To report a post:

Click  in the top right of the post you want to report and select "Report post "
Click Why don't you want to see this?
Choose the option that best describes the issue and follow the on-screen instructions

To report a photo or video:

Click on the photo or video to expand it
Click Options in the bottom right
Click Report Photo for photos or Report Video for videos

To report a message:

Open the message you'd like to report
Click Actions in the top right
Click Report Spam or Abuse... and follow the on-screen instructions

Saturday, August 15, 2015

66. Avoid Trolling

 Trolling is when a user anonymously abuses or intimidates others online for fun. They purposely post inflammatory statements, not as a way to bully or harass other people, but to watch the reactions.

Trolls enjoy seeing people get worked up about what they post. When they are confronted on their behaviour, they often shrug it off and claim it was all in fun.

Cyberbullies target someone and repeatedly attack them, while trolls set out to annoy whoever they can. Trolls want to provoke a reaction or response and it’s often not a personal attack because they don’t really care who they upset.

You can protect yourself and others against trolling by:
Ignore. Don't respond to nasty, immature or offensive comments
Dont give attention them ...
Attention give them more power.
Unfollow them and ask your friends to do so
Block them in groups and pages
If they pop up under a different name, block them again.
Report trolls to website administrators

Contact the social media service. Under new legislation, social media services are now obliged to take down material believed to be of a offensive nature.

Talk about it. If a troll upsets you, please talk about it with trusted friends and family and remember, it's not you, it's them.

Protect your friends from trolls. If trolls are upsetting a friend, help them to seek support.

65. Balance your online time

Most teens play online games for fun but they need to make sure that online world does not take over their life. With more and more mobile devices make it easy stay connected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn to how and when to disconnect.

Spending too muchb time online affect your friendships, your family and your schoolwork, especially if it’s keeping you up at night.

Spending excessive amounts of time online can have significant impacts on your health, family and social life and on your academic performance at school.

If you
have ongoing headaches, eye strain and sleep disturbance
online activities interfering with your health, schoolwork and relationships
constantly talking about particular online gaming sites
withdraw from your ‘real world’ friends and activities
give more importance to your online activities and contacts
decline in your academic performance at school.

You may have a problem -- seek help

Graphic credits  : Amanda Hansani

64. Help and Resources

There are many online help and guide services for cyber safety.
In Sri Lanka Techcert will advise you on appropriate action.

Respect Girls on Internet on Facebook advise you free
Send them a message

Your digital reputation is very important as well as your online privacy and safety.
The content you post about yourself and others tells what kind of person you are
So consider your posts twise before you post on-line

63. Many other scams are there

Weight Loss Claims
Lotteries and Sweepstakes Scams
Fake Check Scams
Imposter Scams
Mystery Shopper Scams
Bogus Apartment Rentals
Miracle Cures
Debt Relief Scams
Pay-in-Advance Credit Offers
Investment Schemes
The "Nigerian" Email Scam
Online Dating Scams
Money Transfer Scams
Tech Support Scams

See for more

62. Earn money at home scams

Internet offers home-based work to users. They could be online add clicking, photo sorting, envelope-stuffing etc

The ads could be like
Be a part fastest growing internet business.
Be your own boss.
Earn thousands of dollars every month from your own home.

The ads don’t say much about the job. They will ask you to register free or by by paying a small fee.
Once you register, they will offer you a home based work pack for a fee. You wll order and receive it.
And there wont be any jobs after that.

Legitimate home-based work promoters give you all information in writing – exactly what’s involved in the program they’re selling. Before you commit any money payment


What tasks will you have to do?
How will you get paid and when ?
Who will pay you?
When will you get your first paycheck; how much will it be?
How much will you have to pay for the program registration?
What will you get for the fees you have to pay?
Verify all information you get from the promoter with current workers.
Try to visit them in person.
Find out wheather they are telling the truth.

A person started a course "1000 ways to make money from internet?" where users have to buy a book on  internet business. The book had basic information  on how to create web and some other stuff evey one knows. When asked the person why not you make money, he replied "this book is the 1st way"

61. They will steal your money in the bank

Randima is a doctor. He has an account with National Bank
He received following email
Subject: New Internet Banking Features

Dear Customer,
National Bank is always add new services to satisfy customers.
Our Internet Banking system added more features for you.
Internet banking Please click the following link and feel the difference.

Best regards
National Bank Team.

He clicked the link and entered his userid and password.
He was taken to a page in National Bank which said invalid password

What actually happens is , that he visited a URL which is almost similar National Bank.Only one letter is different. The web looked exactly like his banks. He entered his user id and password. The false website captured his password redirected to real website. In one hour all his money is gone.
The website and email sender is gone.

When you get an email like this

• Do not click the link
• Do not forward it to anyone
• Inform your bank, you are not the only one they target
• Inform authorities about this matter

60. They will steal your email password

Niranjan Received following e-mail

Subject: Password Verification
Dear Niranjan,
Mygmail is in the process de-activating inactive accounts.
Please visit this link and confirm your user ID and password to continue  using account. verify user  users’ password due to system
account upgrade. Please click on following link to confirm
<a linkhere>
Best Regards
Mygamil Admin

What niranjan thought was that he is going to loose his email. Without thinking he clicked the link and entered his user id and password. In few munites, a predator hacked into his email account.

What should you do?

• Do not reply to this e–mail
• Do not forward it to any one
• Inform “mygmail” about this matter
• Inform authorities about this matter

59. Don't trust emails

Story 1
Saman is businessman travelling all around the world.
His friend Sagari received following email and wire transferred money to help Samantha not knowing it as a scam. She lost her money. What actually happened was that a hacker, hacked into Saman's email acclount and sent following email to everyone in the contact list.


Subject: “Sagari I need a big favor”
Hi Sagari,
Currently I am in America and I am facing a big problem.
I lost my valet last night. I  had  all my credit cards and money in it.
I can't pay my hotel bill and need your help to come back to Sri Lanka.
Please send me 1000 dollars to this accounts
Your help would be much appreciated.
Here is the bank account number of hotel manager
Name: Rolland Whitkins
Account Number: 4080567467
Bank: London Bridge Bank

Best Regards
Saman .

Will you be fooled to send money, if you receive a letter like this?

• Do not reply to this e-mail
• Do not send any of your personal details
• Do not transfer any money to mentioned account
• Inform authorities about this matter