Save the Net.

Save the Net was an initiative aimed towards spreading the message of Web Privacy and Fundamentals of Web Development. Fourteen enthusiastic Mozillians met on International Data Privacy Day, 28th January 2016 at Cafe Coffee Day Ramapuram,Chennai.

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2016 we planned to discuss about the way we can about Web Privacy and how websites present themselves in a manner we are accustomed to seeing them.
Data Privacy Day is the signature event in a greater privacy awareness and education effort. The main topic of discussion was the usage of HTML and CSS to develop Web Literacy Resource Kits. Thimble, the brilliant platform developed by Mozilla to allow coders from all over the glove to try, test and execute the frontend user interface of their Web Apps was the platform of choice for the delegates of Save The Net. Various pre designed Mozilla projects and a couple of new projects formed a part of the Group Discussion. Delegates explored and implored the wide spectrum of possibilities of Application User Interface designing via HTML and CSS.

Apart from this, there was a separate session dedicated to Web Privacy.

Securing Your Home Network first!

Most households now run networks of devices linked to the Internet, including computers, laptops, gaming devices, TVs, tablets, and smartphones that access wireless networks. To protect your home network and your family, you need to have the right tools in place and confidence that family members can use the Internet safely and securely.

The first step is to Keep a Clean Machine and make sure all of your Internet-enabled devices have the latest operating system, web browsers and security software. This includes mobile devices that access your wireless network.

Secure Your Wireless Router

A wireless network means connecting an Internet access point – such as a cable or DSL modem – to a wireless router. Going wireless is a convenient way to allow multiple devices to connect to the Internet from different areas of your home. However, unless you secure your router, you’re vulnerable to people accessing information on your computer, using your Internet service for free and potentially using your network to commit cybercrimes.Here are ways to secure your wireless router:

  • Change the name of your router: The default ID – called a service set identifier” (SSID) or “extended service set identifier” (ESSID ) – is assigned by the manufacturer. Change your router to a name that is unique to you and won’t be easily guessed by others.
  • Change the pre-set password on your router: When creating a new password, make sure it is long and strong, using a mix of numbers, letters and symbols.
  • Review security options: When choosing your router’s level of security, opt for WPA2, if available, or WPA. They are more secure than the WEP option.
  • Create a guest password: Some routers allow for guests to use the network via a separate password.  If you have many visitors to your home, it’s a good idea to set up a guest network.
  • Use a firewall: Firewalls help keep hackers from using your computer to send out your personal information without your permission. While anti-virus software scans incoming email and files, a firewall is like a guard, watching for attempts to access your system and blocking communications with sources you don’t permit. Your operating system and/or security software likely comes with a pre-installed firewall, but make sure you turn on these features.


Protect Yourself with these STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Tips:

  • Keep a clean machine: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  • Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
  • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Plug & scan: “USBs” and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.
  • Protect your $$: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://”, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “Http://” is not secure.
  • Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.

 

Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust is the theme for Data Privacy Day (DPD), an effort was made by the Mozillians volunteering at CHiPSET Mozilla Club on January 28 to create awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. We aim to meet regularly in-person to learn how to read, write and participate on the Web in an inclusive, engaging way.

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‘SURF. LEARN. SHARE. ‘
that’s what we do in CHiPSET.

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