Another is phishing which emails or text messages that appear to come from your bank or an online retailer saying that there is something wrong with an account and you have to call a number to verify your account information. In reality, these efforts are merely a trick to extract valuable personal information from the targets. These guys are called cybercrooks. They know that people are more vulnerable to this scam during a particular period like holiday season, schools resumption time when people are doing more online payments and checking bank balances frequently.
There is another one, Grinch-like greetings. these are E-cards which are convenient and earth-friendly ways to send greetings to friends and family, but the danger is loading fake versions with links to computer viruses and other malware that can inflict or embed secret Trojan, before you know it, your systems may start displaying obscene images, pop-up ads, or even start sending cards to contacts that appear to come from you. People should beware of this. This is extremely dangerous to your personality, business and even to your reputation.
There are also internet fraudulent activities which are dangerous to
How can Nigerians protect themselves from Internet fraud?
In the absence of relevant cyber laws, the most effective way is for Nigerians to get themselves educated and be aware of their personal internet security and online safety. For now as an adult user, you are responsible for your own safety on the internet, so also for corporate users. But for kids or young vulnerable internet users, parents and guardians are responsible, government is making some efforts in this regards. Guidelines for parents, educators, and guardians are now available via the Nigerian Child Online Protection site www.cop.gov.ng. Usually people are the weakest link within any security ecosystem even you deploy the most sophisticated security solution. Most of these devices used to access the net have embedded security features and safety measures which most unfortunately, people are ignorant of. Some security tools in form of softwares can also be used to prevent internet fraud to a certain extent. You have a role to play. That role is for you to act by knowing your device's security measures, read and enable necessary safety measures, get anti-spam software because sometime s, they come in bundles with anti-virus, and anti-malware. Secure your email using a reputable email filter. Protect your password and use combination of texts, numbers and special characters with a minimum of at least 8 digits for example, A9ms(@#=. Avoid responding to unsolicited emails requesting for your personal detail. Your password, credit/debit card number, phone number or email address are personal details which must be protected more than your name on the internet. Above all, seek to encrypt (i.e. systemic secret coding that make your information extremely difficult to access and read) all your important information on your systems and backup them to separate place always.
Online dating via social network seems to be the NORM now especially amongst the youth. The latest being done through BADOO, what can you say about this?
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