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Introducing WebME, The CyberSecurity Game




I am Mrigank Pawagi, a WebRanger.

Who am I?

I am Mrigank Pawagi, an 8th Class Student in Vishwa Bharati Public School, Noida. I have developed an Android application which highlights the idea of "A Safer Internet" . I have developed this application to become a WebRanger for those who are still deprived of the knowledge which can save them from Cyber Crimes.
~ 10/12/17

Overview - What is WebME?

WebME is an Interactive Android application which blends CyberSecurity Tutorials with the thrill of a game. This means that instead of reading long, boring articles about CyberSecurity, you can simply play WebME, which will cut down your boredom with its levels having tasks relating the use of the Internet - all of which would be simulation, meaning that you don't even need a connection itself to play the game!

What made me develop WebME?

I have always been a person who wants to keep him updated about everything techy going around the world. A few months back, I read an article saying that the number of victims of CyberCrimes are thousands per day. This really shook me, because I always used to think that knowing about CyberSecurity isn't a big deal. I discussed about this with my parents and my uncle, and I came to know that in today's time, although the number of Internet users go into billions, the number of people who actually care about CyberSecurity are much, much less.
Infact, Cyber Crimes cost more than ₹ 28 Trillion ($ 450 Billion) to the Global Economy. How good it would be, if this money could be used for the welfare of the poor and those in need?

That was when Google announced the opening of WebRangers 2017. I thought that this can be an opportunity to spread the knowledge of CyberSecurity and came with the idea of WebME. I came to know that out of the 3.2 Billion Internet Users, 1.2 Billion People play games, which is an enormous number. With this in mind, I believe that having people to play a game for an educational purpose is much better than just teaching through articles, videos or other explainer props.

So, I developed WebME in the form of a game, with the thrill of various interesting levels which encourage the player to play again and again, and to read the lessons and tips which point out mistakes done by the player, or share some important facts.

What does WebME mean?

I made sure my name reflects the message I want to spread - "A Safer Internet". So, I named my game WebME. WebME is formed by joining the words "Web" and "Me", which signifies the relation between the World Wide Web and Me (or you). It teaches us that we should realize the importance 
of using the WWW and the Internet safely. "Me" is also an acronym for Media and is a symbol of using online media carefully and with responsibility.

What does WebME teach?

WebME has levels which cover various areas of the safe usage of Internet, and teaches it's players regarding the careful and responsible use of  Internet applications. It also tells about what kind of settings we should apply as a barrier between online fraudsters and cybercriminals. 
Each level has it's own set of lessons and facts to learn and as a matter of encouragement, players who win the game get a certificate which they can boast about, as a token of appreciation.

The areas of focus of the levels include
  1. Computer Networks and Security
  2. Online Malware
  3. Phishing
  4. Social Networking and Security
If there is anything about which the player doesn't know, all he has to do is to click on a button to get its definition.

What are you waiting for?

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Last Updated on 1/08/2018


And now, WebME is Award - Winning 

Facilitated by Google India WebRangers 2017

Hindustan Times Volume XCIV No.40 (15/02/2018)

Jansandesh Times Varanasi (16/02/2018)

Education Times (July 2018)

WebME, on the Web

Media and other Mentions



Comments

  1. Why is the app not available on the Google Play Store (The only official place for Android applications)? Specially since this app claims that it was developed in conjunction with some Google entity. Any aspiring or current IT security professional should know that downloading apps from any where outside the Play store is largely considered a security risk and NOT worth it. The single exception I can think of to this is if the app is personally verified as safe or secure (typically this is done by having some decent programming and security skills and reviewing the open source code of the app in question, or perhaps by having your company perform a similar action and deliver the app via internal methods).

    Please open source the or allow it to be analyzed and thus marked safe to use by the Google Play Store.

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    1. I see what you are saying. But this Google Contest for which the application was made had guidelines which restricted the publishing of the App. As for now, I am in the process of publishing it on Google Play, but I can assure you that this app is virus - free (or it would have been disqualified in the First Place).

      Thank You for your time.
      Regards

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