What Is Cybersecurity? Everything You Need To Know

In the age of digital era, cyberattacks are the repercussions of constantly evolving technology. But how secure is the digital space? NewsMobile brings you an exclusive coverage of how you can counter phishing, fraud, snooping, and various other online threats. 

Cashless payments, the ability to communicate or watch anyone from anywhere, the ability to monitor your health, and other advancements in the digital space have made our lives easier.

Are our UPI IDs, passwords, email addresses, and photographs shared on social media or with a close friend really safe? Is it still safe to use the bank details you gave a website when you wanted to order something but it never arrived? Or have you ever mentioned something and then all of a sudden you notice online advertisements for it?

Ever doubted the security of such data?

“Threats to cyber security are one of the biggest risks to National security, and awareness and building cyber hygiene followed by audits is very important,” National Cyber Security Coordinator, Rajesh Pant said on June 23, 2022.

When discussing the dimensions and scope of cybercrimes with Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh, Cyber Crime Cell, Indore, he advised that anyone using the internet should follow certain prudence to safeguard their privacy and credentials.

Women and cyber security 

Men and women alike can become victims of cybercrimes; when discussing women’s cyber security, SP Jitendra Singh said that the cyber cell in every state has a lady sub-inspector designated as a Nodal Cyber Cell Officer, who deals with online abuse of women and children. 

All cyber cells in India conduct special awareness campaigns for women in institutions, corporations, and other organizations. Any organization can easily request awareness campaigns at the local police station.

SP Jitendra Singh brought to in notice that women, as compared to men, often become victims of cybercrimes on social media in the context of sharing obscene content, fake profiles, etc. He told News Mobile that during the pre-corona times, 40% of crimes reported were related to social media, of which 75% were females, and the majority of them were under the age of 35. 

Post-corona times have noted financial frauds and social media frauds overlapping.

He gave examples of creating a fake account of a well-known person to request favors and creating a duplicate WhatsApp account of a person on a different smartphone to use against them or to request favors from contacts available on WhatsApp. He said that social media is now being used to commit financial fraud as well.

Cyber hygiene for women 

Cyber hygiene is the habitual practice of safely handling your data. The following are some tips and guidelines for handling data responsibly especially women. 

  • One should not share obscene photographs with anyone, private or public.
  • Beware of fake profiles
  • Do not accept friend requests from unknown persons
  • Do not participate in unknown chat rooms or groups
  • Block communication with cyberbullies or someone you feel a threat from
  • Don’t provide passwords, phone numbers, addresses, pin/OTP, to unknown people. 


The cyber Cells register cases of bullying common among school-going teenagers. Harassment, abuse, sending mean or filthy texts, blackmailing, spreading secrets, lies or photographs, hacking, pranking, pretending to be someone else, all to aim to scare or threaten the target, can be some shocking examples of cyberbullying. 

When someone online feels that the text or joke is offensive or not feeling happy about it, or the joke has gone too far and is now negatively affecting your mental or emotional health, you should speak out about it both online and offline.

According to SP Jitendra Singh, cyberbullying creates a digital record that can be used as proof to put an end to the abuse.

When filing a complaint, one must take pictures of the relevant evidence and must block the abuser.


It is not illegal to see pornography or any other “adult material” in India, SP Jitendra Sigh, however, told that it is absolutely prohibited to publish and transmit pornographic material. 

Pornography websites track data such as location, emails, passwords, names, phone numbers, and bank details of a person they have deliberately or mistakenly provided. Anyone who accesses such websites via a foreign server is therefore dangerous.


  • Transmission and publication of obscenities, identity theft, impersonation, and hacking – imprisonment of 3 years and fines of at least one lakh rupees.
  • Child pornography and explicit transmission of obscenity and sexual material – 5 years of imprisonment (non-bailable)
  • Violation of privacy – 3 years

How to file a cyber complaint

  • Walk-in to zonal offices or nearest police station – the complaint gets transferred to the respective zonal cyber station as soon as the person files it. 
  • Register the complaint on the website at www.cybercrime.gov.in. Anyone can register a complaint by choosing their respective area, the complaint then transfers automatically to the concerned zonal cyber station and the process starts. 
  • Call on helpline number 1930

Cyber hygiene 

  • Never respond to unsolicited or unknown emails or messages.
  • Use only reliable apps that have been reviewed so you can identify whether they have ever been used fraudulently.
  • Avoid apps with similar names.
  • Download anti-virus and anti-malware on mobile phones.
  • keep changing your password.
  • keep Complex passwords. 
  • Don’t share gadgets. 
  • Always put the screen lock.
  • Don’t use free Wi-Fi.
  • Don’t allow contacts, camera, microphone, location etc. on apps or websites.

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