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Some time ago, Teddy showed me a movie trailer.

The movie trailer.

It wasn't a movie trailer I was ready for. I totally didn't see it coming.

As innocent as I usually am *pokes index fingers* I simply tapped into the link he pasted to our Facebook chat room. The link popped open in a new tab, the page began to load - everything just seemed normal. Just another movie trailer people are hyped about on Facebook I suppose. It better not be a boring one!

And then? Boom?

No, not just yet. The trailer began without the least bit of suspicion.
The following preview has been approved for appropriate audiences blahblahblah
"ONLINE,
 YOUR MEMORIES LAST FOREVER

BUT SO DO YOUR MISTAKES"

A montage ensued, comprising of various videos of a girl getting over her head in partying. Those were not "beautiful" or "memorable" scenes, but perhaps what would make shame of the girl's account.

But,
someone anonymously uploaded the videos to Youtube, and it has swept the shores of Facebook by tsunami. Everyone online was talking about the girl in the videos, calling her acts a "waste of life", referring to her as a "slut"... Needless to say, her name was tainted overnight. Succumbing to endless tides of pressure, she held a gun against her mouth, and with the pull of a trigger took the short route out of her precious life.

And in the present, the anniversary of her death came.

A few friends are group-Skyping, and there happened to be this strange account haunting the video conversation, causing the friends to slowly, one by one, take their own life through weird actions...

OKAY LET'S STOP HERE.

Watch the trailer yourself if you haven't (Click HERE to watch) 

By the way, the trailer didn't only scare me for that good 2 minutes and 45 seconds.

What scared me even more, is realising how dangerous the Internet can be.

If you think about it, any individual with an intention can ruin your life with the lethal blades of the Internet. The movie served as a prime example: to me it was almost as good as a warning, a wake-up call.

However, it's not the end of the world haha!
*don't get off the Internet and stop reading my blog please AHAHAHA*

As much as there can be ways we can be harmed on the Internet,
there are also ways we can protect ourselves from unwanted harm!

Before anyone of us is hurt in any way, let's take a quick check on whether we have achieved the following thus far:


SAFETY
  • Never visit potentially harmful websites which may phish our sensitive information such as passwords, usernames, credit card number, etc.
  • Never reply emails or click on links which are sent by anonymous senders.
  • Never share passwords with anyone online.
  • Never entertain requests or answer the calls made by strangers online.

SECURITY
  • Swap your passwords (or better yet change them off) once in a while.
  • Watch your words/publications online! Nothing offensive or unethical please.
  • Never use or type your credentials into a site which is not verified to be secured (for example, shopping on www.iWillCheatYourMoneyHueHueHue.com which has no certification of security)
  • Never try unethical hacking of any extent! Uphold the order of the Internet.

RESPONSIBILITY
  • Report hackers and abusers to the authority!
  • Warn your friends about a potential threat you encountered.
  • Never-ever make a bad account of anyone by spreading online materials "videos, screenshots, photos" which tarnishes the name of another.
  • Share some good options of Internet Security softwares with your friends!
  • Tell them to read www.jessica-chaw.com! OKAY NOPE JUST KIDDING.
  • Share wrong info which may mislead the public...



...like this.

Never, ever do things like this.

It is really, really unethical to spread false news or information online!
As of my personal observation, many people easily believe in "news" coming from the Internet, many of which are often hoaxes or inaccurate publications to draw attention.
While inability to analyse legitimacy of online news isn't a sin; spreading illegitimate news is!
Publishing false news or information can lead to severe consequences, and is unforgivably despicable. So don't be like John Smartypants! 


Anyway, have you done 90% of the checklist above? If yes, congratulations!
Taking proper precautionary steps, you can be generally safe from Internet threats, so there is nothing much to worry about hehe!

Just gotta #klikdenganbijak , you know?

Wait, what?

#KlikDenganBijak : Click smart! ヽ(^o^)ノ

As long as you are always on guard, there is no harm surfing the Internet, or even making transactions online - doing ONLINE SHOPPING!

I know, many out there are skeptical towards shopping and paying hard-earned money online; but everything actually is alright!

Just remember: always first determine how trustworthy an online shop is, and you will be safe!

At the end of the day, the Internet isn't a place of all demons and sins! 
*I didn't write this long post to scare you off the Internet haha*

As long as we join hands in using the Internet responsibly and keeping them safe, it will be a haven for a ton of enjoyment and convenience!

In collaboration with MCMC, we pledge to make the Internet a better place.

Before I end this post, I wish to personally thank you for joining me in transforming the Internet into a land of rainbows and unicorns!

Surf away, stay safe, and enjoy the ride! :) 


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