Online Sense is ICDL Arabia's philanthropic arm aimed at raising public awareness on Cyber Safety.

Hajj 2017: 12 Ways in which the Manasikana App will Make your Life Easier

Many apps have been launched to assist people during their Hajj pilgrimage. The best among these is the upgraded version of the Manasikana app launched by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. Available in seven languages (Arabic, English, French, Urdu, Malay, Turkish, and Bengali) the latest version of Manasikana has many easy-to-use features.

Six Ways to Stay Legally Safe while Using Social Media

Recently a girl and three young men were detained by the police in Abu Dhabi for publishing a video that’s “offensive to the society”. Knowing what’s good social media conduct in this region isn’t tough, as governments have social media guidelines you can follow. e.g. the UAE government has a set of guidelines you can refer to:

Skype has Changed: Five New Features of its Desktop App you Must Know about

The desktop version of Skype has a more vibrant theme, with many calling it a “more social look at feel”. It has multi-coloured group chats, and interactive features such as emojis to ‘react’ to someone on chat or a video call. Also, one can see bright wavy lines in the chat window, indicating that the person you are chatting with is typing, and unread messages.

Mariam Game Ban: What are the Risks of Playing Games Online?

The mobile game Mariam, developed in the Saudi Arabia last month became controversial when the Sharjah police recently cautioned people against playing it. Experts believe that the game seeks players’ personal information that can be used for identity theft or other unlawful purposes. This issue sheds light on the trend of games with questionable content, which can harm players in various ways.

Is the Criminal Dark Net Spreading in the UAE, as Thousands Download TOR?

On July 11, 2017, British model Chloe Ayling was drugged and abducted in Milan by human traffickers to be allegedly sold on the Dark Net as a sex slave in an Arab country. When the 20-year-old recently arrived in Milan “for a photo shoot”, she didn’t have the faintest clue of the fact that she had already walked into a trap set by Dark Net criminals.