Tibetans and many others are targeted by sophisticated virus attacks and online spies trying to learn about your communications and activities. This endangers not just you, but your entire network of contacts. Start changing your habits to keep yourself and people you know more secure.
DON′T BE A PHISH!
What is Phishing? Phishing is a way scammers steal your personal information, like passwords or bank login details. Phishing can be targeted, or done on a mass scale, depending …
DON′T BE A HOARDER!
Do you ever clean out your digital closet the way you clean out the junk from your house? From the beginning of your journey online you have sent or received …
DO THE 2-STEP!
Have you ever feared your Facebook or email account might get hacked? Do you ever worry that you don’t have the knowledge to protect yourself online? The good news is …
HTTPS KEEPS YOUR SECRET - SAFE & SECURE
If you see “HTTP” at the beginning of a website address, it means that everything you are doing online can be easily viewed and monitored. Whether you are emailing, chatting, …
USE HTTPS TO STAY SAFER ONLINE
Choose services that use HTTPS to stay safer online. Get started by following these simple steps: When you browse the Internet, look at the address bar (where the website’s address …
THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK
Have you ever received a link via email, Facebook or Twitter with a message that says something like this: “Did you know this funny video of you is posted online?” …
DETACH FROM ATTACHMENTS
Why should I care? If you are someone who thinks “I have nothing to hide. Why should I be afraid?”, then think again. Many of these attacks are designed to …
KEEP YOUR ENEMIES OUT OF YOUR INBOX!
HTTPS and 2-Step Verification are two powerful tools for keeping your email safe from spying eyes. Make sure your email provider uses HTTPS always – not just when you sign …
What is Phishing?
Phishing is a way scammers 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 reputed organization (like Google or Citibank), sends an email and gets you to enter your personal info into a fake login page. In targeted attack, the attackers are disguised as individuals or group you may be affiliated with or would likely trust.
From the beginning of your journey online you have sent or received so many emails – personal and work-related.
Many of these include photos and files that you do not need, but are now saved online forever! These are the kind of files that online attackers may be interested to steal for monetary gain, and possibly even use against you.
Have you ever feared your Facebook or email account account might get hacked?
Do you ever worry that you don’t have the knowledge to protect yourself online?
The good news is you can easily protect yourself by turning on your 2[step verification (also called two-factor authentication).
If someone is able to crack your password, 2-step verification will block them from logging in to your accounts. It is an extra layer of protection – a code sent by text or through an app on your phone – that only you can get.
If you see “HTTP” at the beginning of a website address, it means that everything you are doing online can be easily, viewed and monitored.
Whether you are emailing, chatting, or just browsing, someone else can see the website you are looking at and the words or images you are typing and sending through the internet.
If you see an ‘S’ next to the HTTP – as you might have noticed when using Gmail, Facebook or an online bank (https://www.facebook.com) – it means you have a layer of privacy on the internet. The S stands for Secure and it means that, although someone can still tell you are doing something online, they can’t tell exactly what you are doing or saying.
Remember: Unless you see the “S,” your password, emails, chat messages, comments and all your activities can be watched and monitored by others!
Keep your messages and activities private by choosing websites and services that use HTTPS. Look for httpS in the address bar to make sure you stay Secret – Safe – Secure!
- When you browse the Internet, look at the address bar (where the website’s address is displayed). If the address starts with http:// AND NOT httpS:// be aware that your activity online can be easily monitored!
- Switch to an email provider like Gmail or Hotmail/Live Mail/Outlook that uses HTTPS by default at every stage of your email session, not just when you log in. If you use Yahoo mail, make sure to go to your settings and turn on HTTPS.
- Change your Facebook settings to use HTTPS. Log in to your account > “Got to Account Settings” > “Security” > Click “Edit” next to “Secure Browsing” > make sure secure browsing is enabled > click “Save Changes”.
- Use “HTTPS Everywhere.” HTTPS Everywhere is an extension you can add to your Firefox, Chrome or Opera Internet browser to make your communications with many majority websites more secure. Check it out and install it today: https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere.
- Sign the petition to demand that the world’s top 100 websites use HTTPS: https://www.accessnow.org/page/s/ProtectOurPrivacy
- “Did you know this funny video of you is posted online?”
- “Click here to read the latest urgent news on the situation inside Tibet”
- “An important message from the Dalai Lama”
It is tempting to click on these links, isn’t it?
This is because the messages are designed to take advantage of things we care about. Unfortunately, these links are often malicious and will take you to a website where your computer or phone can get infected with a virus.
Don’t just open attachments or click on links you receive in your email, Facebook, WhatsApp, and other communication apps. Unless you were expecting it, there’s a strong chance that the attachment or link contains a virus that will dangerously infect your computer or phone as soon as you open it.
If you are someone who thinks “I have nothing to hide. Why should I be afraid?”, then think again. Many of these attacks are designed to steal information, and what we fail to recognize as information is the human network we have online or on our devices. The Tibetan community is small and incredibly connected with the majority living under direct threat from China, our responsibility is much higher. Although everyone everywhere should have the responsibility because such negligence could have real-life consequences to someone in their network or their extended network.
HTTPS and 2-step Verification are two powerful tools for keeping your email safe from spying eyes.
Check the website address when you are logged in to your email, and if you don’t see HTTPS , switch to a new email service.
Setup 2-step Verification for your email.
2-step verification requires a special new code sent to your phone each time you sign in to your email. Even if someone else finds out your password, they won’t be able to get in to your email because they won’t have the latest code.
2-step verification is available with Gmail and Microsoft mail. Go to youraccount setting and select 2-step verification, and follow the instructions to set it up.
- “Drink warm, salty water so that the Coronavirus cannot reach your lungs.”
- “Take lots of Vitamin C to boost your immunity so that you won’t get infected with Coronavirus”
- “His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said to drink black tea to prevent Coronavirus”
- “Please share this video of a Tibetan speaking the truth”
Our first reaction is to share these so that others can also get this news or intended benefits, but a lot of these information are unreliable and can result in bad advice being shared or fake information leading to health problems in the community.
There are two types of such information, some are misinformation which is fake information and might have been forwarded or shared with the best of intention but can cause real harm. Others are disinformation which are used to create disharmony and discord in the community.
So, think before you share.
Ask yourself a few questions before you share.
Is the information verified?
Does the information have a source?
Is the source a verified source such as health website, Tibetan government website, media source?