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Safer internet starts with users – ICT expert

An Information and Communication Technology (ICT) expert, Mr Jide Awe, on Tuesday said that safer internet should start with the individual user’s knowledge of internet usage and safety measures.

“Even with the best tools; if the human element is not trained to be aware of potential hazards, he can misuse the tools and allow people to penetrate the network.

“The earlier we begin to concentrate on the human element, the faster most of our safety internet problems will be solved,’’ the expert said in Lagos.

Awe, the Conferences Committee Chairman of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

NAN reports that Awe was commenting on the 2017 Safer Internet Day celebration with the theme “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A Better Internet Starts with You”.

The Day is celebrated globally on Feb. 6 annually.

He said,“ Internet is a useful and convenient means for so many opportunities; so, we should not allow what will work for us to work against us.’’

The expert identified good password as one of the safety measures.

“One needs to have a good password to be able to access online sites without data being hacked.

“A password should be private to one and should not be used carelessly or disclosed anyhow.

“In password formulation, using one’s name as the password is not good enough, as one needs to make it difficult for others to know his password.

“In making use of a public computer, once one is done with using a site, proper logging off is essential in preventing data from being hacked,’’ he told newsmen.

Awe said that since the internet had become an indispensable tool for full participation in today’s world, there was the need to create its safety awareness.

“Safer internet is related to online protection; that means being aware of internet usage as well as the safety measures attached to it.

“Awareness is key, and needs to be developed because hackers on the internet keep bringing many tricks on people.

“Messages can be sent to you on your mobile phones as regards your ATM being blocked, and if you are not cautious enough, you will think it is from the bank.

“Software used should also be updated and the use of protective software such as antivirus and internet security should be encouraged.”



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