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Ways to Trust the Internet

The Internet is not unlike a surrealist landscape – a casual browse may lead you through fields of clover, rainbows, hugs and unicorns, but turn a corner, and you’re in the middle of a dark jungle of trolls and Chthulu.

We love the Internet, and have come to rely upon it. It’s not going away. But using it stupidly or with an otherwise refreshing sense of naiveté can get you into trouble – financially, legally, or emotionally.

Common sense goes a long way, but there are lessons you only learn through experience – but that experience often sucks. So we’ve devised a guide that will help you avoid the land mines – we are from the Internet, and we are here to help.

Less is More

The more personal information you give out on the Internet, the more vulnerable you are to all kinds of nefarious plots. From stalking to outright identity theft, many of these schemes hinge on the evil-doer knowing things about you – and they usually find these things out directly from you. Anything you put out there is there forever, so be smart about it.

Give the absolute minimum of information. When signing up for something, only fill in the fields with asterisks – these are the required fields. Don’t volunteer anything unnecessary.

Don’t post your address, email address or telephone number anywhere public. Ever. If for some reason you need to post your email address, open a web-based email account like gmail that you use only for public posting and potential junk mail. Check that account only when you’re feeling brave, because it will be ugly. Or don’t check it at all.

Don’t Feed the Trolls

Reading the Comments section of any article, video, cat picture or what have you is a fascinating foray into the anonymous psyche of our collective conscience. You will see a variety of wildlife, from the Eternal-Bible-Thumper to the Everything’s-Political guy to the Easily Offended lady. It’s interesting in a sociological sense, but not something to get to bogged down in.

But if you keep scrolling, you will eventually run into a comment that is so incredibly offensive to any type of carbon-based organism that you feel compelled to channel your rage and righteousness into a detailed response.

Don’t. That person is a troll, and like a certain variety of bully, only does what he does to get a rise out of people. Don’t take the bait. Back away from the keyboard, lest you find yourself locked into a hatred-fueled back-and-forth with someone you’ve never met, over a topic you really don’t care that much about. It is draining.

Don’t Fish for Compliments

There’s an epidemic on Facebook – pretty girls posting elaborately staged photos of themselves with perfectly coiffed hair, expertly-done makeup and the outfit of a Playboy model, along with the statement, “OMG I’m SO UGLY!!!”

All of her friends proceed to pile on and tell her how beautiful she is and how they would give anything to have her eyes/waist/boobs. Thing is, she already knew that – she just wanted to hear it from someone else. Then a troll comes along and agrees with her original statement, which sends her into a misspelled rage (despite the fact that said troll was, in fact, validating her supposed opinion of herself).

Sigh. Don’t be this girl. If you post a picture/artwork/poem and you ask for feedback, you’re going to get it. The validity of that feedback depends upon the audience – a serious critique group is more likely to be accurate than a bunch of your friends or random strangers.

Check the Source

The Internet is great for looking things up – in fact, it is the ultimate authority when settling bar bets. But don’t automatically believe everything you read. Check the source, because believe it or not, not everyone knows what they’re talking about. And “just anyone” absolutely can (and will) publish on the Internet.

Scroll down to the bottom of the article and check for references. No references? Take the info with a grain of salt. If it’s really important, Google the author’s name to see if s/he actually has a background in the subject. If the author’s name is something like “huggeebear1524”, take the info with a grain of salt. That is a username, and real experts prefer to publish under their professional names.

Keep Your Digits Private

The ability to type in a credit card number and get a package a few days later is one of the things that makes the Internet great. We do it millions of times per day, and we’re not stopping anytime soon. Unfortunately, the aforementioned nefarious evil-doers recognize this and go to great lengths to get that number. They will even go so far as to create websites identical to major retail sites to fool you into giving it up.

Only give out your card information if it is a known retailer with a secure server. If the site seems poorly designed, weirdly glitchy, or anything else that seems questionable, move on. If you’re asked for a credit card number when you’re just signing up for something, click away from there. If a site tries to install something on your computer (even toolbars), click away – they can steal your information from your computer.

In the macro view, the Internet is a useful tool. But like any tool, following some basic common sense goes a long way toward preventing accidents.

Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Internet is no longer a privilege – it is a necessity. It is something we have heavily come to depend on. Sometimes it is hard to believe that till just about a few decades ago, completing a project meant take the time out to go to a library, armed with a notebook and all kinds of drawing and writing materials, and going through piles of books to compile decent amount of information, which would then go into a project. Gone are the days when an assignment meant creating working models. Everybody has become tech-savvy, so that now we would rather prefer animation to working models, power-point presentations to actual flow-charts. As with everything in the world, this has several pros and cons (personally, more cons, I think). However, one inevitable outcome of all this is – everybody is on the internet. However, the immediate concern that arises in the mind is, everything on the internet is accessible to everyone! How then, can you protect your child and ensure his/her safety online?

5 Point Plan to Ensure Your Child’s Online Safety
Here are five very basic and easy to implement ways in which you can protect your child from bad influences on the internet.

Internet Hours

Fix up a time in the day when your child can access the internet. Do not let your child access the internet during any other times of the day. However, be fair when you are doing this. The child should not feel like you are bossing on him/her or are being unreasonable or rude. It should be a fair game. The main reason behind this is – if your child develops a rebellious attitude, he/she is going to want to break the rules! This may in turn, make things get out of control. Also, decide on a time when you will be in the house. You need not pull up a chair and sit behind your child and monitor each and every page he/she visits. But the fact that you are around will prevent your child from being naughty. Also insist on leaving the door to your child’s room ajar, if not completely open. Do not let him/her bolt the doors from inside the room.

Passwords

Make sure your computer is well protected. Put passwords on programs that you think are harmful for your child. You can even store games within password protected folders. Make sure you create a secure password. Passwords are a good way to keep your children out of stuff that you think is inappropriate for them. However, if you do create a password, make sure you know how to recover your data from an event of password hacking. Kids nowadays, know more than we can imagine! So keep yourself updated on the various hacking software, and make sure your child does not lay hands on any of them.

Parental Control

Block access to all those websites that may contain content – including the actual content on the website as well as advertisements of products and services – that you think is inappropriate for your child. Also, never edit the settings when you want to use the computer. You can access all the websites you want in other ways. Create different user profiles for the computer with different internet settings. Again, remember to protect the user profiles with suitable password.

Limit Purchases

Online shopping makes life a lot easy – with books, clothes and all sorts of things available online. You may want to purchase a few goods for your kids; a limited edition book, or a special edition CD or DVD of a movie, etc. Make all these purchases yourself. Do not reveal your PayPal details and credit card details to your kids. You will hence be able to keep a tab on what your kids buy online. Allowing your child to make individual purchases online could be twice as dangerous. Firstly, you do not know what they are purchasing and whether it is alright for them to purchase it or not. Second, you will not have any control over how much money your child spends online! This will include membership fees to websites, actual purchases, and a lot of other things.

Inculcate Responsibility

The best way to restrict your kids online is to make them responsible and to make them understand WHY they should not do certain things online. Gain their confidence. Do not simply lay down rules – make them understand why you are doing what you are doing. Kids nowadays, belong to the Y Generation – they always want to know why. This is not a part of being audacious or rebellious. This is just the way kids are coming to be now. But most of the time, parents do not know how to deal with this constant questioning, and this is when they bring in the whole authority issue. Understand this, and act accordingly.

I believe this has given you some hope about your child’s safety online. Educating yourself and your kids about internet safety should be the top most thing on your list when you are introducing the world wide web to your child. Making your child grow up to be a responsible individual of the society will take care of most problems regarding safety in all sense – even on the internet. Do not use force – it will only drive your child further in the direction of misbehaving and overthrowing your authority. Instead, stress more on using logic and convince your kids about your points of view. All the best!

Tips on Choosing A Virtuous School On Internet

School is the first platform from where a child starts at its initials mental, physical and emotional growth with in the span of 13-14 years of school times. Whatever children learn from here will go on through out their life spells.  Top schools in Pune are well renowned for the world class education that they are providing with individual attention.   From all grades of the classes these schools have been set up their well study programs for the aspiring students. Due to this high valued education system Pune is becomes the world famous city across the world.

Here we can make a small lists of top schools in Pune who are serving the kids with taking care about their each & special needs in the school are as follows:-

Podar International School – Chakhan (Class I – Class XII) – it is an English medium co-educational school.  This school is also having chain in various places across the India.  It motivates to all the students for taking the top positions in every educational field for which they are think about.

Podar Jumbo Kids Plus (Play School – Senior KG) – it is also a venture of Podar networking of schools in India. It is having an aim of establish innovative child-centric curriculum, to make students happy and parents satisfied. They are using the play way methods to attract each student towards study with more enthusiasm.

Bharati Vidyappeth English Medium School,dhankawadi, Pune (Nursery – Class VIII) – It is recognized with CBSE. It is providing the overall facilities to each student that helps them to excel their academics and co-curricular.

The parents should always look for the recognized schools anywhere in the world. Patna is a city and capital of Bihar state in India. Still there are many schools that are not recognized with either school broad in India. Be very conscious for taking any school into consideration on the sake of your child future. Before taking admission search the school’s website and prospectus carefully. If you find any thing suspicious then immediately register your complaint somewhere to make others also aware about any thing wrong in the society.

People of Patna are well talented in every work field either is it a talk about agriculture or civil services. Have a good interaction with the school teachers and be satisfied whether they can handle your child with good care. If the answer comes in yes then make it a first choice to select as schools in Patna your own child school.

Now a days when you open the web browsers in the internet it start showing you many schools name list according to the area wise.  Now it’s your choice to choose which school on behalf of its web site displays.  Later on you should visit that school personally to inquire about the further details like easy bus transport facilities, schools fees, extra – curricular activities or the behaviors of teacher  or to analyze how they can handle your children.

Finding Safe and Secure Online Banking Services

Newspapers and news channels report several cases related to banking frauds on a daily basis. Keeping all these factors in mind, banks have started investing in installing better computer security systems, as well as educating their clients about the proper and safe methods to carry out financial transactions online. Hence, it is critical to understand what are the precautionary measures being taken by the banks and how should we carry out all our financial transactions in a safe and secure manner.

What is Online Banking Security?

Every bank will have a section of their website dedicated to explaining the security measures that they have adopted, in order to ensure that the financial transactions being made by their clients are safe and secure. Most of the banking systems use direct-modem connections, due to which the transactions are not transmitted over the Internet. But, if you are performing an online transaction on your own, then it is advisable to make sure that your bank is using a high-end data encryption system. Encryption helps to scramble the data, so that only the receiver who it is intended for, receives the message.

For instance, a 128-bit standard encryption is so powerful that the US government is not allowing it to be sold overseas. Stealing personal information that is encrypted at such a high level is practically impossible. Most of the banks are in a process of installing these systems, in order to improve and update their security systems.

These security systems should be considered to be operating perfectly, only when they ensure that online transactions being conducted by individuals, are safe and secure. These services also feature PIN numbers and passwords that are unique in nature and are only known to the customer.

Safely Conducting Online Transactions

  • Never use public terminals in shopping arcades or airports to conduct online banking transactions.
  • The risk of data interception on a wireless connection is much higher – please ensure that you are aware of this. Make sure you undertake your Internet banking through a wireless connection, only if you are absolutely certain that the connection is secure.
  • Make sure that your computer’s spyware and anti-virus programs are updated and it is advisable to perform regular system scans.
  • Never access a banking site through a link. Instead, type out the address into the browser bar or you could also save the address as one of your ‘favorites’.
  • Never open any other site when you are logged into the bank’s website. Make sure that there is only one window open.
  • Choose your user ID and password carefully – it shouldn’t be easy for others to guess (like your name) and make sure you change them on a regular basis.
  • Update your computer software regularly.
  • Check for the padlock (that is an indication of a secure website) on the lower right hand side of the browser window.
  • Once you are done with your Internet banking transactions, make sure you log out and close the browser window.
  • Never give you password on the Internet (through emails) or over the phone to anyone (even if they identify themselves as banking authorities).
  • Unless the bank in question verifies it, don’t ever trust a PDF payment proof, as these types of documents can be easily manipulated by frauds.

However, if you do run into any trouble with any of the online features of your account, you can seek help from your bank and will certainly get an immediate response. Most banks separate the online services completely from their person-to-person customer servicing, ensuring that your call is attended exclusively by their Internet-banking support team.

While there will always be concerns about the safety of online banking services, you can rest assured that banks themselves have set very high standards, when it comes to making their clients feel comfortable about the security systems being used. Although, it is true that nothing is one hundred percent foolproof in this world, these techniques are extremely robust when it comes to ensuring that your financial transactions are safe and secure.