Being online and practicing digital security go hand in hand. It is important to stay safe and secure online and also to be able to mitigate harm when things go wrong. We have made it easy for you and broken down Digital Security into a 3-step process: Step 1- Stay Safe Online; Step 2 – Stay Secure Online, and Step 3 – Be a Cyber Superhero.
STAY SAFE ONLINE
In our daily life activity, we tend to use the internet more than anything and it is crucial to ensure that your internet is safe. To maintain internet safety, there are some basic and minimal best practices which we should adopt in our daily life.
STAY SECURE ONLINE
To achieve a secure online platform, we must put a little more effort into ourselves. Apart from basic best practices, these reminders will also help us to stay secure online.
Be a Cyber Superhero
When you are working in an environment that is likely to be targeted or you are working in a field that connects you to many other high-risk people, we recommend that you stay formidable online.
Don’t get Phished!
Scammers and adversaries use this tactic to steal your personal or work-related information. Most of the time, they leave a trail. What is Phishing? Phishing is a way scammers or attackers steal your personal information, like passwords or bank login details. Phishing can be targeted, or done on a mass scale, depending on the motive. The scammer, disguised as a reputable organization (like Google or Citibank), sends an email and gets you to enter your personal info into a fake login page. In a targeted attack, the attackers are disguised as individuals or a group you may be affiliated with or would likely trust, for example, a Tibetan organization. Find out when to suspect and how to respond to phishing attacks.
The Tibetan Computer Emergency Readiness Team (TibCERT) is a formal, coalition-based structure that reduces and mitigates online threats in the Tibetan community. By expanding Tibetans’ technical research capacity on threats in the diaspora as well as surveillance and censorship inside Tibet, TibCERT ultimately ensures greater online freedom and security for Tibetan society as a whole.
Digital Security Ambassadors
Tibetans in exile are on the frontline of targeted cyber attacks. The Digital Security Ambassador program seeks to provide skilled, local support for defending against these attacks by placing four Tibetans with a background in computer science in four digital security hotspots: Dharamsala, Dehradun, Bylakuppe, and Mundgod. The Ambassadors offer digital security trainings and customized support in their areas for communicators (individuals in frequent contact with Tibetans in Tibet) and institutions. They are part of the Rapid Response network of TibCERT.