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Tech expert Ankit Fadia pens tips for career growth


SocialWidely known as an expert on computer security, Ankit Fadia prefers to call himself an author first, with his latest book focussing on the positive uses of technology.

Having penned 15 books till date on varied issues relating to computers and digital devices, including his first book, an ethical guide to hacking he wrote at the age of 15, Fadia now steps beyond computers to offer advice on professional skills.

In his just launched book “Social”, Fadia lists out 50 simple technology tips, Internet apps and social advice that are of use to a wide spectrum of people including students, entrepreneurs and those new to the Internet among others.

“This book is an experiment for me and is not technical at all. It culls out experiences from my life,” says Fadia who talks about myriad ways available for professionals to give their careers a boost using much more than applications like chat, video, Facebook or Twitter.

The 29-year-old tech junkie who loves “tinkering with computers, gadgets and everything tech” has advice on almost every facet of the professional life.

Tips on how to maximise professional relationships to having interesting conversations with people and even remembering people’s names, are listed in Fadia’s book.

“I give examples from my own personal life and people can relate to it. For example if you are meeting friends for dinner and are racking your head to split up a bill you could use the Billr app,” says Fadia.

The tech expert has also advice on how to remotely access a phone and how to be more productive on a flight, where Internet is not available.

“All you need is a decent smartphone that you can run on airplane mode and you will be surprised how quickly you can get to a zero email inbox if you take flights regularly,” says Fadia.

Stating that anything technology is prone to the risk of being hacked, Fadia says one has to “weigh the benefit versus the risk”.

“Nothing in the world is 100 per cent secure. Anything can be hacked at the end of the day. What if the stock market gets
hacked? If it does it could lead to panic and actual money will be lost a notional value but you will suffer losses. So anything technology there is always a risk you have to weigh the benefit versus the risk,” says Fadia.

The technology genius who has graduated from Stanford, says “there are people who still prefer to live an offline life where they wont use a mobile phone or Internet credit care or any other technology.”

“However, nowadays in order to live like that you have to make a lot of compromises in your social, personal and professional life. And in the coming days it is just going to increase,” says Fadia.

Cybersecurity, he says, is an issue in India.

“India is obviously known as the IT hub of the world but security is really bad. Last year close to 7000 websites were hacked in India in the first four months of the year. This is very embarrassing for an IT oriented country,” says the Mumbai-based Fadia.

The tech wizard advocates raising more awareness in school and college levels and inculcating more up to date courses and
modules for students.

Meanwhile, Fadia has also inked a three-book fiction deal with publisher Penguin which focuses on corporate espionage.

“There is no other Indian author who has written on this subject. I feel it is time to venture into this,” says Fadia whose first fiction is scheduled to hit stores next year.

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