How to Stay Safe Online!



As a woman, it is crucial to ensure your safety while browsing the internet, with the increasing number of cyber threats, it is essential to be aware of the dangers and take necessary precautions to protect your online presence.

With the advancement in technology, cyber offenses and the victimisation and objectification of women are increasing and it poses a great threat to the security and mental health of the individual.

Here are 40 ways to be safe online as a woman:

  1. Use strong passwords that include capital letters (QWERTY ), series of numbers (0-9), and symbols(#@), a letters-only password can be brute-forced instantly by hackers
  2. Enable two-factor authentication for your accounts so that even if your password is hacked the intruder can’t access your account without the approval of the second factor
  3. Do not share your passwords or OTP with anyone
  4. Do not use the same password for multiple accounts as it can leave you and your information vulnerable to financial and identity theft
  5. Don’t write your passwords on a piece of paper, instead use a password manager to securely store your passwords.
  6. Always use a secure browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox which can help prevent unauthorized third-party activity while you’re surfing the web
  7. Clear your browsing history and cache regularly
  8. Check the URL before entering any sensitive information
  9. Be cautious while clicking on a pop-up, use ad-blockers to avoid malicious ads like U-block origin browser extension
  10. Be careful while using online banking and shopping websites
  11. Do not use auto-fill for sensitive information, hackers can add an invisible auto-fill form on a website and get access to your information
  12. Use a reputable antivirus software and keep it updated, this will ensure that viruses are blocked before they can infect your computer and always keep a backup of your important files
  13. Keep your software and operating system up-to-date, new software update includes patches that can prevent hackers from using known vulnerabilities
  14. Use a firewall to protect your computer from unauthorized access.
  15. Use a VPN or Virtual Private Network to protect your online privacy it helps in masking your device’s IP address and prevent you from getting tracked
  16. Do not use pirated software as you can expose yourself to malware, ransomware, trojans, and viruses
  17. Try keeping your laptop camera covered when not being used
  18. Be cautious while accepting friend requests on social media platforms
  19. Be careful while posting photos online, Do not share sensitive information on social media platforms
  20. Keep your accounts private, use privacy settings on social media platforms this will give your information only to the people you want
  21. Use encrypted messaging apps like WhatsApp or Signal
  22. Check app permissions and remove all permissions that are not necessary
  23. Be wary of getting official calls from unusual numbers
  24. Use a called id like Truecaller to identify scam calls
  25. Do not fall for too good to be true deals on the internet, such as messages saying you won the lottery even though you never registered for any lottery
  26. Use a reputable email provider, like Gmail, Hotmail or Icloud
  27. Do not give out your email ID on unnecessary platforms
  28. Do not open suspicious emails or messages, Be wary of phishing scams
  29. Avoid using public computers for sensitive tasks, when using a public computer always logout of all accounts or use incognito mode
  30. Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks, due to lack of security wifi connection may be compromised by a hacker, allowing them to inject your device with viruses and malware
  31. Be careful while using public charging stations, hackers can use this to get access to your phone, also known as ‘Juice Jacking’.
  32. You can check if your email address or phone number has been compromised by using websites like or
  33. Learn about the tools available that can help you, CSR India has curated a toolkit to educate and empower internet users about the threats lurking online, and the availability of various tools that can be used to not fall prey to online abusers, trolls or scammers, and safeguard from cyberbullying and online harassment
  34. Be aware of your rights as a netizen and the laws available to protect you
  35. If you encounter a cyberbully or someone you know is being bullied online, take screenshots and report their account
  36. You can visit to register your complaint and know more about cybercrime 
  37. Contact a women’s assistance cell or NGO which can assist and guide you through the process and make sure that police do not take any case lightly
  38. If you fear someone might leak your intimate photos, You can register a complaint on or visit

How does work?

  1. Select the intimate image(s)/video(s)
  2. For each piece of content, will generate a digital fingerprint, called a ‘hash’ on your device. Only the hash is sent to, the associated image or video remains on your device and is not uploaded.
  3. If your case is created successfully, you will receive a case number to check your case status – remember to make a note of your case number along with the PIN, to access your case after it is submitted. This is not recoverable.
  4. Participating companies will look for matches to the hash and remove any matches within their system(s) if it violates their intimate image abuse policy.
  5. You can use your case number anytime to check the progress on your case, or if you wish to withdraw your participation.


  1. You can also file a complaint on ‘’, which is a dedicated email address for women and children to file complaints about abusive behavior, harassment and hateful conduct on social media
  2. Be vigilant and stay informed about the latest cyber threats.

Stay Safe!

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