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Norton: Stay Safe Online

Norton: Stay Safe Online

Norton is advising Malaysians to both practice and adopt safer Internet usages in conjunction with Safer Internet Day 2013. 2013 will mark the event's 10th anniversary and is held in order to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology, particularly with the increasing accessibility of the Internet on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

The event, coordinated by the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centers' across Europe, will see stakeholders, which include Norton, coming together across the globe to celebrate the day. The theme for this year's event will be 'Connect with Respect'.

“Over the years, Safer Internet Day has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar, and an action that has been taken up across the globe,” said Janice Richardson, Insafe Coordinator. “With this year's theme of online rights and responsibilities, we aim to engage all stakeholder groups – children and young people, parents, carers and educators, and industry and the third sector – to raise awareness that we all have a shared responsibility to make the internet a safer and better place for all.”

One of the main issues that the 'Connect with Respect' theme constantly addresses is cyber-bullying, which has become an increasingly serious concern and can happen online or on mobile phones. It is equally important for adults to educate their children in online etiquette to ensure they avoid talking to strangers or accepting friend requests from people they don't know, as well as limit their time online or even restricting what apps they may or may not download to their smart devices to prevent such occurrences.

“Safer Internet Day is an annual reminder of how careful we need to be when we are online,” said Effendy Ibrahim, Norton Internet Safety Advocate & Director, Asia, Norton by Symantec commented. “Norton is encouraging individuals to manage their children's growing online independence by educating them on the many serious dangers on the Internet and to ensure they can surf the web knowing they are protected from the threats out in cyberspace today,” Effendy further stated.

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