As the IT hub of the Indian state of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram has seen its share of cyber crime and is now making strides to educate the public’s awareness by launching a website that will focus primarily Internet safety, New Kerala reports.
During today’s press conference in Thiruvananthapuram, Avanzo Charitable Trust Managing Trustee Pattathil Dhany said the initiative was the result of increasing incidents of cyber crime following the spread of broadband and the subsequent use of Internet, as well as the extensive use of cellphones in Kerala.
The launch will be attended by local law-enforcement officials and experts in the IT field. Dhany said a toll-free number will be set up for cyber-crime victims, adding, ”the helpline is intended to create fundamental awareness and learn some basic precautions while using mobiles, Internet and computers.”
”Time is a crucial factor in such cases and it’s important that people know they preserve evidence and don’t panic by taking extreme steps like suicides when they face threats,” she said. “The knowledge that there is always help available is what is intended to be spread through the helpline.”