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Complex password makes life safer online: Mumbai Police

03:54 AM May 29, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Mumbai:Three out of 10 people fall prey to cyberfraud just because they will not take the trouble to set up passwords challenging enough to deter online fraudsters, according to Mumbai Police. On its Twitter handle, Mumbai Police have time and again cautioned the public to protect themselves online using ‘strong’ passwords, a view also disseminated by their cyber counterparts. Now, police are asking youngsters to help elders devise complex passwords, which will make keep them safe online.

The age-old modus operandi of fraudsters includes sending various links to social media users, which include virus that hacks data, such as login IDs and passwords. To keep such fraudsters at bay, police have suggested social media users set up complex passwords that will be hard to crack, refrain from clicking on any suspicious link and report such websites and pages to cyberpolice immediately. Mumbai Police had tweeted warning internet users to ensure their passwords were strong, hard for a hacker to guess, to ensure utmost security of their profiles/accounts.

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A senior police officer said, “We have requested users to not have their birth dates as passwords, as these are extremely easy to hack. A healthy password should contain a combination of numbers and alphabets that no one can guess, and one should never reveal them to anyone, not even family members.”

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A cyberpolice officer said on the condition of confidentiality that in the first seven months of 2018 (January to July), Mumbai had registered 632 cases of cybercrimes. On an average, three out of ten people fall prey to fraud, and reveal sensitive details like passwords, the CVV (Card Verification Value) number to anybody posing as a bank official. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in its report on crime in 2016, which was released on November 30 last year, had stated that Mumbai topped the list of cities in the country when it came to cybercrime.

According to the NCRB data, cybercrime had evidently soared in Maharashtra, with about 4,172 cases being registered, of which Mumbai accounted for a whopping 980 cases, higher than that in Bengaluru in 2016.. As per the NCRB data, the number of cases registered in Mumbai in 2016 that are pending investigation are 1,908, the highest in the country for a metropolis.

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