A Parent’s Handy Primer on Cyber Vocabulary

An Aware Child is safer Online

Part III

For those who are following our cyber vocabulary, welcome again! This week’s topic is the continuation of the primer.

And, for those who are new, here is a gist to help you catch up: The thought that not many of us are aware of the terminologies in the cyber world, in spite of using the internet round the clock, got me thinking. So, for the benefit of everyone, I am classifying the terms in my blogs into four parts. This week being the third, let us get going with our primer…

Do take a look at the list and comment below for any queries, feedback or suggestions that you may have.

1. Public Domain:

Generally refers to content that is considered public property and available for anyone to use for any purpose. There is no patent or copyright involved.

Cyber Safety Tip:

  • Avoid sharing anything publicly online as anything in the public domain is open to all on the internet
  • Do not forget to maximize privacy settings on social networking sites too

2. Bluetooth:

An application built into or added to a browser to enable it to interact with a special file type like a movie file, sound file, Word document etc. Example: Adobe Flash Player, QuickTime Player

Cyber Safety Tip:

  • Keep Bluetooth turned off and in the hidden mode until required, for hackers can otherwise try to steal your data. Also, do note that it’s one of most widely used options to spread malware like viruses

3. Wi-Fi:

It is an abbreviation commonly used to refer to wireless networking technology. In simple language, it means you can access hi-speed internet from any place that is within the range of the Wi-Fi connection without being wired to the modem or router.

Cyber Safety Tip:

  • Secure your home Wi-Fi connection with a password and keep it secret
  • When using public Wi-Fi hotspots be cautious and refrain from carrying out important or financial transactions
  • If you have to use public Wi-Fi, then ensure you have security software installed, even on your mobile phones and other gadgets
  • Also, try using a Virtual Public network, or VPN, to encrypt your data

4. Bitcoin:

A digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank

Be Cyber-Safe:

  • It’s a high-risk asset and all transaction records are stored permanently and publicly, so this platform is not recommended for use by minors at all. Read more about safety issues here

With just one part left to complete our primer, hope you have received a good amount of information and knowledge on the terms that you may not have known about earlier. Remember to share this blog with your friends and family as it gives them the chance to get insights on how to be protected online.

Stay safe, stay happy!

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A Parent’s Handy Primer on Cyber Vocabulary

An Aware Child is safer Online

Part II

Welcome back to our primer!

To recall, our previous blog focused on cyber vocabulary for the benefit of internet users. Hope the information was useful. For many of you, these terms may already ring a bell, but we are explaining it to clarify any doubts that may cross your minds. These terms will not only brief you about their meaning, but the accompanying safety tips will also enhance your user experience. We will be sharing four new terminologies once in every 15 days for the next two months and here are this week’s contribution.

Do take a look at the list and comment below for any queries, feedback or suggestions that you may have.

Here we go with the rest of the terms:

1. Cookie:

A message from a web server or website, sent to and stored by your browser on your computer. Cookies are used for authenticating, tracking, and maintaining specific information from the user, such as user preferences

Cyber Safety Tip:

  • Use your browser security technology to block ads and third-party cookies because:
  1. Cookies can become harmful if they share your personal data with a third-party without your consent
  2. Criminals also use them to send spyware to your system. And they let advertisers track you

2. Plug-in:

An application built into or added to a browser to enable it to interact with a special file type like a movie file, sound file, Word document etc. Example: Adobe Flash Player, QuickTime Player

Cyber Safety Tip:

  • Check for legitimacy of the publisher before downloading and applying plug-ins as it can infect your system with malware that steals personal information

3. Bot:

Short for “robot,” it is a computer that has been infected with malicious software without the user’s knowledge. Cyber criminals can also use malware to turn your computer into a zombie which can then be operated remotely.

Cyber Safety Tip:

  • Don’t open email attachments from unknown senders. Make sure you verify every attachment to avoid uninvited virus/malware from infecting your device
  • Ignore ads, pop-ups and messages that promise huge wins and prizes as such information is most likely to be a spam
  • Install reputed security software on all devices – the kind that automatically updates itself. In this way, your electronic device stays protected round the clock
  • Avoid opening .exe files. It ensures your device is safe, protected and far from virus/malware attacks

4. Firewall:

A firewall is like a protective wall between your computer and the Internet. It protects your computer from unauthorized access. It identifies intrusion and blocks suspicious content

Be Cyber-Safe:

  • Keep your Firewall turned on at all times.
  • Remember to scan external devices like pen drives, CDs etc. before use. This helps in protecting your device from harmful virus attacks

Watch this space for many such key terms as we continue with this theme for the next blog as well. Hope the above list helped in getting clarity on a few terms used in the virtual world. Remember to share this blog with your peers as it gives them the chance to get insights on how to be protected online.

Stay safe, stay happy!