Friday, May 28, 2010

Computer Emergency Response Team of India – A good initiative


Promoted by CERT India and set up in active collaboration with Microsoft India, SecureFirst acts as a neutral body to disseminate information on security for everyone—from home-users to small businesses to the government and corporate sphere.

SecureFirst aims to create awareness among people and to provide exhaustive information on security so that the users are vigilant and ready to combat the online threats and perils.

The Computer Emergency Response Team, India (CERT-In) provides necessary assistance to prevent security breaches. The team also monitors the cyber security scenario in the country.

The endeavour is Supported by NASCOM, CII & Microsoft. This site can be a good resource for Internet users, parents, females and children.
With activities such as Net surfing, online gaming, and chatting becoming more popular, the number of children accessing the Web has increased drastically. Easy accessibility to computers has played a key role in this. However, with such easy access and technology knowledge also comes some responsibility.

There are infinite reasons for being cautious. There is an equally long list of tips and guidelines on maintaining your online privacy and safeguarding your security. The most important of them are mentioned below.

  • Exercise Caution: If a member of a chat room or forum is soliciting your attention or friendship, share it with your parents or elders
  • Be Vigilant: Close any conversation with an online acquaintance the moment you feel uncomfortable; always save the conversation you have with such strangers
  • Be Aware: Do not give out your telephone number or street address, and do not agree to meet any chat friends in person

There are lot of other useful information on the website. A good site for helping on the issues of cyber crime in English, Hindi and Marathi.

The website can be accessed here: