Google unveils security campaign to protect users from cyberbullying, fraud

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Mains Paper 3: Internal Security | Basics of cyber security

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: #SecurityCheckKiya campaign

Mains level: India’s growing digital reach and threats posed by it


News

Public safety initiative to protect the netizens

  1. Google has unveiled a public safety initiative in India to create awareness around Internet safety and protect the netizens
  2. The programme called ‘#SecurityCheckKiya‘ is targeted at young and first-time users to protect themselves from account hijacking
  3. It is also aimed at shielding their Android mobile devices from malicious apps and secure all their personal data if they lose them

Threats posed by internet

  1. India has the second largest Internet user base in the world
  2. There is a lot of social engineering abuse, for example, the lottery and job scams
  3. For kids and women, there could be cyberbullying and (internet) trolling

Recommended safety steps

  1. Google has recommended three simple steps that can help everyone start their journey towards internet safety
  2. This includes reviewing security settings and Google account activity with one click for all Android devices and Gmail users
  3. Google Security check helps users to automatically scan for any vulnerability and guides them to keep their account safe in few minutes
  4. ‘Find My Device’ app from Google helps a user to easily locate a lost Android device and keeps the device and information secure
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