The speakers expressed their concerns at a webinar organized by human rights organization Article 19 Bangladesh
Speakers at a webinar have said female cybercrime victims tend to suffer in silence instead of reporting the crime, which allows cybercriminals to get away.
Potential cybercriminals are also emboldened when crimes go unpunished, they said.
The speakers expressed their concerns at a webinar organized by human rights organization Article 19 Bangladesh on safe cyberspace for women on Wednesday.
Professor of the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering of University of Dhaka Dr Lafifa Jamal said perpetrators who use cyberspace to harass women get encouraged because there are too many cases and too few reports against cybercrime.
She said women need to understand that passwords of their social media accounts are absolutely personal and should not be shared with anybody else, not even with their intimate partners.
“Passwords should be complicated, with a combination of upper case, lowercase, numbers, and special characters. However, there is no point in forming a complicated password if a woman shares her password with somebody else.”
Lafifa insisted that if somebody says they would divorce or break up with his partner if he does not get her password, that relation should end right there.
She also said many offenders on cyberspace tend to think things, they cannot do in real life, can be done online because they can use a fake name and remain anonymous.
However, digital footprints can trace people who commit cybercrimes.
Parents should not discourage their daughters from taking legal steps if they become a victim of cybercrimes, she added.
Additional Deputy Police Commissioner Nazmul Alam of Cyber Crime Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police said that usually, females are the victim in almost 80% of the complaints they receive.
He advised female users against using unsafe chat apps and sharing passwords with anyone. He also advised against using a fake name to be safe in cyberspace.
“Always use the name as it is in your national identification card. Otherwise, Facebook authorities will not be able to do anything about a report if the user uses a fake name,” he remarked.
Naznin Akter, publisher and editor of online tech-based news portal techworldbd24.com, said the media should highlight news of cybercriminals who are getting arrested and punished in order to send the message that people cannot get away with cybercrimes.
“If potential cybercriminals see that women in cyberspace are protected by the law, they would think twice before doing something wrong,” she said.
She also shed light on creating awareness in rural areas where women do not have enough access to information on cyber safety.
“Many women in rural areas send texts and photos to their husbands who are living abroad via imp chat app without knowing a third person can access their chat box,” she said.
Naznin added that women need to be very cautious about using social media in their workplace computers because if they leave it open, anyone in the office can have access to their social media account and steal data.