The Supreme Court Guidelines on Sexual Harassment, 13 August 1997 has defined sexual harassment as “unwelcome sexually determined behaviour” such as: Physical contact, a demand or request for sexual favours, sexually coloured remarks, showing pornography, any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature.

Verbal :
Sexual or gender-based jokes or teasing or comments. Comments about clothing, personal behaviour, or a person’s body. Requesting sexual favours. Pressure for dates. Graphic descriptions of pornography. Obscene phone calls. Spreading rumours about a person’s personal or sex life. Turning work discussions to sexual topics (using “puns”).

Non – verbal :
Staring Sizing up a person’s body (looking up and down). Derogatory gestures of a sexual nature. Sexually suggestive looks. Facial expressions of a sexual nature; winking, licking lips.

Unwelcome hugging, kissing. Standing too close to or brushing up against another person, leaning over, invading a person’s space. Patting, stroking, grabbing or pinching. Blocking someone’s path with the purpose of making a sexual advance. Stalking. Actual or attempted sexual assault, or forced fondling.

Presence of posters, cartoons, drawings, calendars, pinups, pictures, computer programs of a sexual nature. Notes or e-mail containing sexual comments. Knick-knacks and other objects of a sexual nature.

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Good habits are as easy to form as bad ones
– Tim Mc Carver

All of us are computer programmers and our mind is a computer! Every day we are programming our mind. In fact we are all expert programmers and we do the job so perfectly that we are doing our job so perfectly! In addition to working and doing our everyday chores, we are forming our own habits. We are so good in this portfolio that our habits are formed so well that it is very difficult to alter the same.

Many of us are under the impression that good habits are difficult to form and bad habits are very easy to form. Nothing could be far from truth. It takes the same efforts to form a good habit that it takes to form a bad habit.

The formula for habit formation is very simple: Behaviour when happily repeated several times becomes a habit. You will notice three components in this process of habit formation. Behaviour, happy feeling and the repetition make it a habit.

Get up every day at 5 am and enjoy the same. Over a period of time it becomes a habit. Or get up at 8 am everyday and enjoy the same. Over a period of time it also becomes a habit! There is no question of which is easy. Both of them are a pattern of behaviour.

The same applies to keeping things in their respective places or strewing things all over the place. Orderliness is as easy as becoming disorganised. It’s what you do repeatedly.

May be you can do an exercise. List three habits which you want to get rid of and write down one activity which, when repeated several times will make it a habit. eg. Developing a reading habit, and reading a book everyday at a fixed time. Do it regularly for 21 days and see what happens! Why 21 days? Research says that it takes 21 days to form a new habit or break away from an old habit!

Time and again, the attack on online sites — of all genere be it social networking, internet banking, mail, etc — show the risk of using weak passwords. An analysis of passwords stolen in the Gawker incident late last year also showed a similar pattern.

In fact, post Gawker attack, several websites like Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Yahoo advised users to change their passwords. Security experts often warn users that using the same username and password for multiple sites may be convenient, but it can prove costly. Similarly, many internet users also use poor passwords that are easy for online criminals to guess.

According to security company Sophos, many users (33% according to its research) use the same password on every single website. This means that if their password is stolen in one place, it can be used to unlock access to other sites too.

The security company also released a list of world’s 50 worst passwords. Time to go through them and make sure your password isn’t part of the list.

* 123456

* Password

* 12345678

* Lifehack

* qwerty

* abc123

* 111111

* monkey

* consumer

* 12345

* Letmein

* trustno1

* dragon

* 1234567

* kotaku

* Baseball

* superman

* iloveyou

* gizmodo

* internet

* Sunshine

* 1234

* princess

* starwars

* whatever

* Shadow

* cheese

* 123123

* nintendo

* football

* Computer

* f–you

* 654321

* blahblah

* passw0rd

* master

* soccer

* michael

* 666666

* jennifer

* gawker

* password

* jordan

* pokemon

* michelle

* killer

* pepper

* welcome

* batman

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