Is Fake News Illegal?

Malaika G. Naidu Fake News. Sensationalism. Misreporting.In the last couple of years, the digital world has witnessed a growing trend in the amount of false information that is published. While the digital world has made the dissemination of news easier and quicker, the concept of fake news is older than the internet. Such news was…

Advantages of Password Vaults

Malaika G. Naidu Passwords. The basis of cyber safety. From entertainment to e-commerce, all our activity online is secured through combinations of letters, numbers and special characters that we put together. Hopefully, at random but mostly in predictable sequences. What started off with ‘alphabets and numbers, at least 6 characters long’, has become ‘alpha-numeric with…

Do You Use Torrents?

Malaika Naidu Torrenting is one of the most popular methods of procuring movies, music, books, games, etc. from the internet. Every day, millions of gigabytes of data are downloaded through torrent engines such as uTorrent. Although the number has reduced with the rise in popularity of streaming websites like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hotstar, and…

Hiding Behind Incognito Browsing

Malaika Naidu A major hype word and internet trend today is data privacy. Add to this the vulnerability brought in by excess use of social media and the integration of technology into all aspects of our day to day life. You’ll realise it’s a tricky world online. So, what do you do?“Trust private browsing to…

Safety on Social Media Platforms

Malaika Naidu The most valuable resource today is not oil, water or fresh air – it’s data! An article in The Economist recently outlined just how valuable this resource is to organisations the world over. It’s alarming how data mining can influence people and hence dictate real events. Now answer this, where can one find…

Safety Tips for Net-Banking

Malaika Naidu From immediate money transfers to quick online payments, there are many perks to online banking. It comes as no surprise that India, and the world, is becoming increasingly comfortable with online banking. However, with so many people going online to manage their money, threats have arisen at an even faster rate. Hackers and…

Aadhar + Social Media > Privacy?

Antony Clement Rubin and Janani Krishnamurthy were until recently unknown names in the field of law. Then they went to town questioning our very understanding of privacy. They filed PILs in the Madras High Court asking for authentication of identity on social media. Their reason – to curb cyberbullying and instances of defamatory posts on…

Cyber Law: The Need for a Dedicated Field of Law

Malaika Naidu WHAT IS CYBER LAW? To be able to answer that question we must first understand the meaning of Law. Simply put, law encompasses the rules of conduct, that have been approved by the government, enforced over a certain territory, and must be obeyed by all persons within that territory. Violation of these rules will lead to…

The Importance of Cyber Law

Malaika Naidu In the simplest words, Cyber Law is any law that concerns cyberspace. This includes everything related to computers, software, data storage devices, cloud storage and even electronic devices such as ATM machines, biometric devices, health trackers and so on. That explanation alone is quite indicative of why today’s digital world needs strict cyber…