NIGCOMSAT Ltd caution on cybersecurity as Nigeria marks awareness month
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As Nigeria marks international cybersecurity awareness month, this October, the Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd, has called on unsuspecting public especially Internet users to be cautious of malicious and dangerous sites and as well take precaution in the cyberspace.
The Managing Director Chief Executive Officer, NIGCOMSAT Ltd, Dr. Abimbola Alale stated this in a press release by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Adamu Umar Idris, while marking the International cybersecurity month in Abuja.
While reeling out some tips to guide internet users, Dr. Alale said that cyberspace is filled with malicious codes, links, Trojans, and viruses with millions of unsuspecting users becoming vulnerable to these threats more than ever before.
'AS we embark on the Cybersecurity awareness month, we are bringing to your notice some tips that could keep you safe on the internet'.
According to her, Internet users are therefore advised to be in the habit of securing their devices by using strong passwords and biometric features if possible.
Again, the Managing Director emphasized that though using a strong password is desirable, it is also important to use two or multi-factor authentication systems as it comprises two or more layered protection.
She cautions further that, the public should desist from connecting into public networks as much as they can. Therefore Internet Users are counseled to connect to secured and trusted or private networks IF possible especially when handling financial or any sensitive transactions.
On data management, users are informed to back up their data periodically. ‘ It is very crucial to back up your data, remember malicious threats and hackers do not always want to steal just your data, but sometimes the game plan is to encrypt or erase it to either cause you harm or can lead to ransom seeking’.
The Cybersecurity awareness which has become imperative and as well as in-line with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy vision stated that ‘think before you click’. It said ‘clicking on the wrong link, could cost you dearly’. Malicious links can do damage in several ways, so the public is asked to be sure to inspect links and ensure that they are from trusted senders before clicking.
Other areas in which the Managing Director reiterated her concern and to watch include Phishing attack which, she said is one of the greatest cybersecurity threats, update connected systems regularly to keep software protected from bugs and other vulnerability and lastly internet users should endeavor to use good antivirus software and firewall solution.
GM, Corporate Affairs