THE telecommunications business of Ayala Corp. announced on February 18 the launch of a cyber-wellness campaign to promote “safe and responsible” online behavior. According to Globe Telecom Inc. Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Yolanda C. Crisanto, they “continuously seek solutions that will support [the firm’s] sustainability philosophy to allow it to operate in a socially responsible way”.
“We believe that being a purveyor of digital lifestyle, it is also our responsibility to promote online health, safety and positive digital citizenship.” The campaign Globe calls “CyberPinoy” (Cyber Filipino) unifies all efforts of the firm’s cyber-security awareness projects, such as ProTECH101, Stop Spam and Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP).
ProTECH101 is an online information drive that seeks to inform netizens of the dangers of online crimes by reminding them to keep their accounts and valuable information safe.
Stop Spam is an initiative to address the proliferation of spam and scam messages through a Globe channel where customers can report such incidents.
With the youth being greatly represented in the online community, Globe also adopted the DTP of Optus and Singtel in Australia. DTP is an award-winning program that teaches high-school students to understand the impact of their online behavior and how to be safe and responsible for their online activities. Through three workshops, the students learn how to discern proper online behavior, be aware of technology’s impact on their social activities, and develop skills on how to use technology to help them achieve life goals.
While the Internet provides wonderful experiences, it is also home to unscrupulous persons, such as scammers, fraudsters, bullies, and sexual predators, who are out to harm or take advantage of other people.
Online scam topped the list of complaints received by the Philippine National Police-Anti-Cybercrime Group from 2013 to 2015, with a total of 366 incidents, followed by online libel, with 240 cases; online threats, with 129; identity theft, with 127; and antiphoto and video voyeurism, with 89.
Likewise, the 2014-2015 Cybercrime Report of the Philippine Department of Justice’s Office of Cybercrime showed that cyber-espionage attacks or intellectual-property theft is on the rise with 31 percent of the 614 recorded attacks directed against small businesses, while 33 percent involved Internet/ATM fraud and identity theft.