Digital India is a reality, but it also means that the online world is fertile for scams and frauds, and you need to do everything you can to protect yourself.

Worried about your digital safety and security Here are 5 things you can do
Friday, February 26, 2021 - 12:03

With the internet becoming more accessible and our lives moving to the digital sphere, new threats and risks have also reared their heads. Online fraud, data theft, and UPI scams are as common as burglary now. Netflix series Jamtara – Sabka Number Ayega about a bunch of youngsters running a wildly successful phishing scam in Jharkhand is based on reality after all.

Knowing about the latest scams is one way to protect yourself from them. But to be able to truly stay secure and safe online, you have to do more than just be alert – you have to safeguard your privacy, prevent being hacked or phished, and use appropriate tools available. So, let’s take a look at how you can browse the web safely and keep yourself and your loved ones safe online.


This is probably the easiest thing you can do. Use strong passwords and change them periodically, whether it’s for your phone, online accounts or the Wi-Fi itself. It’s a known fact that a lot of people have the same/similar passwords for all their accounts, so constantly changing them is a way to keep phishers away from your personal and sensitive information. If someone is able to connect to your Wi-Fi network, all connected devices are at a higher risk of being hacked into, so it’s very important to keep a strong password for your Wi-Fi as well.


While using a strong Wi-Fi password is definitely important, it’s not enough. This is why Airtel has come up with a new service called Airtel Secure Fiber, which makes your internet usage safer. This service not only blocks malware, viruses and untrustworthy content but also websites and apps as per your selection. For example, you can protect your kids from objectionable content or even block gaming and streaming services when it’s time for their studies. The blocking is applied at the broadband level and is available for all devices connected. Taking this to the next level, the devices are all protected in real-time. The service is digitally enabled and can be accessed from the Airtel Thanks app.


Easy online payments have changed our lives, but some of the most common frauds happen because of them. You must ensure that you make payments only on credible platforms and never on suspicious links. If you are an Airtel Payments Bank user, you can benefit from the newly introduced Airtel Safe Pay. It’s an industry-first feature that provides an additional layer of security for UPI and net banking transactions by adding a third authentication step. So, even if someone gets access to your account and password, they still can’t make an unauthorised payment.


It starts with this simple question. It’s well-established that some smartphones are more secure when it comes to safety and privacy. Leading phone brands that have more control over the operating systems on the phones are now ensuring that your privacy is not compromised through suspicious apps. So, picking a smartphone wisely will also go a long way.


VPN or Virtual Private Network is very important, especially if you are connecting to an open or public Wi-Fi network. These places are hunting grounds for hackers but a VPN masks your location and private data, making it very difficult for anyone to snoop around. VPNs encrypt your sensitive data before it even leaves your device, thus giving you some level of anonymity.

So, keep these 5 tips in mind and your online journey shall be on a safer path. Airtel, one of the most innovative brands, places special focus on ensuring online safety for its customers and if you’re an Airtel Xstream Fiber user, you can try the Secure Fiber service for a month at no cost at all.

This article was created in association with Airtel.