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How To Protect Your Digital Privacy

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There are plenty of unwanted attempts to access your data as well as protect your privacy from those with whom you don’t want to share your personal data or information. security against outside parties as Getting started is easy. So here is a proper guide or protocol to the few simple changes you’ll make to guard yourself and your information online.

Secure Your Account

a few years earlier the data breaches and password leaks have struck various companies like Equifax, Facebook, Home Depot, Marriott, Target, Yahoo, and countless others. If you’ve got online accounts, hackers have likely leaked data from a minimum of one among them. Want to understand which of your accounts are compromised? The first step you can proceed with is to check your first Search for your email address on a website named Have I Been Pwned? to cross-reference your email address with many data breaches.

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How: Everyone should use a password manager to get and remember different, complex passwords for each account — this is often the foremost important thing people can do to guard their privacy and security today. The Wire cutter’s favorite password managers are used to be LastPass and 1Password. Both can help in the generation of passwords, monitor accounts for security breaches, suggest changing weak passwords, and sync your passwords between your computer and phone. The Password managers seem to line up, but once you’ve installed one you only got to browse the web as was common. when you proceed to log in to accounts, the password manager keeps on saving your passwords and suggests changing weak or duplicate passwords. Just after few weeks, you finish up with new passwords for many of your accounts. Change the default passwords for any devices in your house which can take you no time to do that also,  if your home router, smart light bulbs, or security cameras are still using “password” or “1234” because of the password, change them.

Everyone should also use two-step authentication whenever possible for his or her online accounts. This feature is provided by most banks and major social networks.  Two-step authentication or Multi-Factor authentication requires two steps: entering your password and entering variety only you’ll access. For example, the primary step is logging in to Facebook alongside your username and password. In the second step, Facebook sends a briefly lived code to you during a text message or, even better, through an app like Google Authenticator, and you enter that code that will let you log in.

Protect Your Web Browsing

Why: Companies and websites track everything you are doing online. Through social network buttons, and websites every ad collects information about your location, browsing habits, and much more than you expected. The data which has been collected reveals more about you than you would possibly expect else. You might think yourself clever for never tweeting your medical problems or sharing all of your religious beliefs on Facebook, as an example, but the likelihood is that good that the websites you visit regularly provide all the info advertisers got to pinpoint the sort of person you’re. This is a neighborhood of how targeted ads remain one of the Internet’s most unsettling innovations.

How: various browser extensions like uBlock which  Originally blocks ads and therefore the data they collect. The uBlock extension actually prevents malware from running in your browser and provides you a simple thanks to turning the ad blocking once you want to support sites you know are secure. It’s important and useful to combine uBlock with Privacy Badger, which blocks trackers, and ads won’t follow you around the maximum amount. There are even more active ads,  which block or turn off interest-based ads from Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter. A lot of internet sites offer means to cop out of knowledge collection, but you would like to try to to so manually.  There are various direct links like Simple cop which opt-out instructions for major sites like Netflix, Reddit, and more. Doing this won’t eliminate the matter, but it’ll Completely and significantly hamper the quantity of knowledge collected.

You should also install the HTTPS Everywhere extension. When the situation supports that, making it difficult for an attacker especially if you’re on public Wi-Fi at a cafe, airport, or hotel to digitally pay attention to what you’re doing at that time HTTPS  automatically directs you to the secure version of a site

Some people or organizations might want to use a virtual private network (VPN), but it’s not necessary for everybody. It adds a layer of security to your browsing when HTTPS isn’t available if you regularly hook up with public Wi-Fi, a VPN is beneficial because It helps you minimize tracking supported your IP address and can also provide some privacy from your Internet service provider. But at last, all of your Internet activity still flows through the VPN provider’s servers, so in employing a VPN you’re choosing to trust that company over your ISP to not store or sell your data. You must understand the pros and cons first, but if you would like a VPN, Wirecutter recommends IVPN.

Use Antivirus Software On Your Computer

Why: A decade ago, viruses won’t seem as common as they were but they still exist. Malicious software on your computer can wreak all types of havoc, from annoying pop-ups to covert bitcoin mining to scanning for private information. If you are in danger for clicking perilous links, or if you share a computer with multiple people during a household, it’s worthwhile to line up antivirus software, especially on Windows computers.

How: If your computer runs Windows 10, you ought to use Microsoft’s built-in software, Windows Defender.  Windows Defender offers much security for several people, and it’s. If you run an older version of Windows (even though we recommend updating to Windows 10) otherwise you use a shared computer, a second layer of protection could be necessary. Malwarebytes Premium is your best bet for particularly to this purpose. It works well with Windows Defender, and it doesn’t obtrude dozens of annoying notifications like most antivirus utilities tend to try to thus Malwarebytes is uninstructive.

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An ambassador and trained facilitator under Eco Femme (a social enterprise working towards menstrual health in south India), Sanjina is also an active member of the MHM Collective- India and Menstrual Health Alliance- India. She has conducted Menstrual Health sessions in multiple government schools adopted by Rotary District 3240 as part of their WinS project in rural Bengal. She has also delivered training of trainers on SRHR, gender, sexuality and Menstruation for Tomorrow’s Foundation, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Nirdhan trust and Micro Finance, Tollygunj Women In Need, Paint It Red in Kolkata.

Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

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Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

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A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

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A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

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A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
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campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

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