India’s latest Web Rangers wow us with their tips to stay safe online

Last year we invited kids from all around India to become Web Rangers—guardians of the Internet galaxy, who help us spread the word about staying safe online. We were blown away by their ideas and the creativity behind all the sketches, videos and apps that we received. Now’s the time to meet the five winners. Drumroll please…

Web Ranger #1 Mavika Boyini
Have you heard of the grandma rule? Mavika explains it like this: If you think your grandma won’t like it, don’t post it! This is just one of her many tips to keep the Internet a friendly place for everyone in the form of a colorful cartoon.
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Web Ranger #2  Vaidehi Reddy puts her reason to rhyme with some simple steps to protect each and every one of us on the net:
Never reveal your home address or personal details,
Never share your password and sign out from emails.
Be very careful when you share your photos,
Never allow illegal downloads!!
Web Ranger #3 Kanish Chugh developed an anti-phishing game that teaches you how to spot fake logos. Bogus logos are often a sign of a phishing site. These are websites that try to trick you into giving them your personal details or other confidential information such as credit card numbers.

Did you think “123456” was a good password? Think again. Web Ranger #4 and vlogger Raviteja Anumukonda teaches us that this is in fact of the most common passwords used on the Internet and can be hacked instantly. He shares four tips on how to create strong passwords — estimates show that one of them could take up to 49 quindecillion years to hack!

“Mr. Two Faces” is a catchy tune sung by Web Ranger #5 Neya Saravanarajan to remind us to switch on our privacy settings for our online accounts. This helps us stay safe from bad guys on the Internet who try to steal our personal details.

A big thank you to everyone who shared with us their brilliant ideas and campaigns to teach others about online safety. With Web Rangers like you out there in the community, we’re confident the Internet will be a better place for everyone.

Posted by Sunita Mohanty, Director, Trust and Safety at Google