Opera Software has been working to increase understanding about the importance of healthy internet-browsing habits among young adults. The program educates young people on techniques that will help them have a safe and productive web-surfing experience. Although focused on India, these basic tips are relevant to web surfers both young and old across the globe.
The program includes the following:
- Be respectful — treat online communication the same way as you would treat face-to-face conversations.
- What is illegal offline is illegal online.
- Don’t spam others; avoid forwarding junk email.
- No one is anonymous on the internet. Everything you post can be traced back to you.
- Don’t click on anonymous messages and attachments you get in your email.
- Configure privacy settings on social networks (don’t rely on the default settings); your personal information is most vulnerable here.
- Learn more about your browser and its safety features.
- Keep your passwords safe and to yourself; never share them with anyone.
- Your password should be at least eight characters long and made up of letters, numbers and special characters.
- Always go through the settings and options carefully before downloading any application on PCs and mobiles.
“Opera Software wants all of its users to have the best possible experience online,” says Sunil Kamath, Vice President for South Asia, Opera Software. “As part of our commitment to enabling a safer online experience, we strongly feel that education is the key to internet safety. These days, everyone has to be more vigilant than ever when it comes to safety, malware, phishing, credit-card fraud, identity theft and other cyber threats.”