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IMAGINE you are a newlywed and on your honeymoon, or a single girl traveller who fears that the hotel room might have a hidden camera. What would one do in such a situation? What if, you still have your ATM card on you, yet a transaction has taken place with it elsewhere. Or what happens when someone creates your fake Facebook profile and hacks your email? Don’t worry, city’s renowned cyber crime experts Arun Soni and Sahil Baghla have answers to all such questions in their book Digital Cop, which was released on Tuesday.
“There are parents who are worried about their children surfing too much Internet, tense whether their children will be back in time. We live in a digitally active world, surrounded by technology, yet we are the most clueless and vulnerable when it comes to securing and protecting ourselves from its vicious hackers. With Digital Cop, we are providing that security guard,” say Soni and Baghla.
A one-of-a-kind book, it’s a layman’s guide to cyber security, and gives valuable tips to secure your virtual life and be a digital vigilante. From keeping a check on your child’s Internet activity, deleting your fake Facebook profile, searching for hidden spy cams, sending self-destruct secret emails, protecting one from debit/credit card hacking, to tracing lost smartphone/laptop, keeping tabs on employees in one’s absence, downloading best smartphone security apps for women, searching for genuine websites to earn money by working from home, Digital Cop is a one-stop page-turner for the tech-savvy generation.
Not only this, the authors, who invested more than two years in putting this book together, also give tips on what to do once a cyber crime takes place. “How to report, where to report and what to do next is something people are unaware of,” says Soni. The book also provides a variety of practical applications and online safeguards to help the public extract the best out of technology and not get beaten down by it. Real-life situations, screenshots and steps mentioned and download links along with each article are highlight of this book. “There are two kinds of people in the digitally active world — ones who know they have been hacked, and ones who don’t know they have been hacked and continue using the technology. It’s the latter that is in need of immediate assistance before colossal damage is done,” says award-winning author Soni, who comes with a 23-year experience in the field of computer education and celebrates this book as his hundredth. A certified ethical hacker like Baghla, Soni points out the sharp increase in cyber crime and how one needs simplified books like these to tackle the same. “Most of the times, books have heavy jargon which a layman is unable to follow. Also, technology keeps changing, so our aim was to focus on those aspects that are part of our daily lives, like banking, Facebook, WhatsApp, travel, and provide security measures for the same,” adds Baghla, who also runs an IT company EH1 Infotech and is the president of India’s First Anti-Hacking Welfare Society.