By Stanley Iwuoha
In comemoration of 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 gave the warning in a statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Adamu Umar Idris, while marking the International cybersecurity month in Abuja.
Pointing out some tips to guide internet users, Dr. Alale said that the 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.
“Internet users are therefore advised to be in the habit of securing their devices by using strong passwords and biometric features if possible.”
While saying that the use of strong password is desirable, the
Managing Director said it was also important to use two or multi factor authentication system as it comprises of two or more layered protection.
She cautioned further that, internet users should desist from connecting into public network as much as they can and counselled them to connect to secured and trusted networks, especially when handling financial or any sensitive transactions.
On data management, Alale also advised users 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 leads to ransom seeking”.
“The Cybersecurity awareness has become imperative and is in-line with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy vision. It is
now said that ‘think before you click’. It is also insaid ‘clicking on the wrong link, could cost you dearly’.
“Malicious links can do damage in several ways, so the public are ask to be sure to inspect links and ensure that they are from trusted senders before clicking.
” Internet users should endeavor to use good antivirus software and firewall solution,” she added.
Other areas which the Managing Director expressed worry for 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.