Swara stops hack­ing at­tempt, says it’s com­mon

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - HTCITY TIME OUT - ■ shreya.mukher­[email protected]

Soon af­ter Swara Bhasker re­alised that some­one was try­ing to hack into her Twit­ter ac­count, she took to social me­dia to spread a word of cau­tion. She shared a screen­shot of how she got as many as six mes­sages ask­ing to re­set her password. “Just an­other bunch of ‘some­one-try­ing-to-hack-your-ac­count alerts’ ! Just an­other day in life! #re­al­i­ty­bites #Ge­tal­ife­assh***s #Ge­ta­job a real one!,” she wrote.

For­tu­nately though, the hacker was not suc­cess­ful. “I got random no­ti­fi­ca­tions of re­peated at­tempts of some­one try­ing to log in into my [Twit­ter] ac­count. Luck­ily, we caught it in the nick of time and were able to se­cure my ac­count. Since my Twit­ter is slightly con­tro­ver­sial and I take strong po­lit­i­cal and social po­si­tions, there is al­ways the threat of [it] be­ing hacked. And the mul­ti­ple fake news sto­ries about me cir­cu­lat­ing on Twit­ter just add to the threat,” says the Veere Di Wed­ding (2018) ac­tor.

Apart from hack­ers, troll army is an­other facet of Twit­ter, which Swara has seem­ingly got­ten used to. Asked if she feels the medium is be­ing mis­used, she says, “Like any other medium, it comes with its good and bad. We must use it for good, and con­tinue to chal­lenge the bad, es­pe­cially when it comes to cy­ber bul­ly­ing and cy­ber trolling.”

Many feel that sen­si­ti­sa­tion and proper ed­u­ca­tion can help social me­dia users un­der­stand how to make the most of the plat­form in a pos­i­tive way. Swara agrees, “Yes, ab­so­lutely. Also, aware­ness of which forces are par­tic­i­pat­ing in paid trolling and aware­ness about con­text will help, es­pe­cially with the rise of fake news and What­sapp ru­mours on the in­ter­net.”

Ac­tor Swara Bhasker be­lieves that is im­por­tant to strongly chal­lenge cy­ber bul­ly­ing, trolling

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