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Five Helpful Ways To Avoid Online Identity Theft

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Identity theft is very common today because more people have access to the internet. In addition, almost everyone has a presence online, thanks to social media. This is why many celebrities verify their social media accounts to prevent impersonation.

So, what happens to persons who cannot verify their accounts? You may probably be at the mercy of those who impersonate you to rip off friends and family. It doesn’t have to be this way. Jumia Travel shares 5 helpful ways to avoid online identity theft.

Don’t Disclose Too Much Info On Social Media
The easiest way for anyone to get information about anyone is via their social media account. Many of us tell it all on social media from personal phone numbers, house address, emails as well as other sensitive information that other people don’t need to know.

Shop On Secure Websites
There are so many e-commerce websites where you can shop. Of course, you can shop on all of them.

However, to prevent identity you should shop on popular ones that are safe and secured. You are assured that your personal information will not end up in the wrong hands.

Protect Your Wireless Network
Protecting your wireless network is a way to prevent identity theft. If anyone can access your wireless effortlessly, they have access to the personal online activities.

Through this, they can get your personal profile which makes it easier to impersonate you. Always password your wireless network.

Download From Safe Websites
The rule of thumb for anyone who downloads any data online is to download from a safe website.

If you don’t, you may download virus or software that allows hackers or impersonators to steal sensitive information.

Use A Unique Password
Using a unique password has been over flogged. A weak password leaves you vulnerable to all kinds of attack especially if all your information is online.

Importantly, you should try as much as possible to avoid using the same password for all your accounts.

 

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NITDA Sets Up 83 Digital Job Creation Centres

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Dr. Isa Pantami, Director General of NITDA

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said it had established 83 digital job creation centres across the country to ensure digital inclusion.

 

 

 

Prof. Isa Pantami, director-general of the agency, disclosed this at the ongoing 24th Annual Information Technology Professionals Assembly of the Computers Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria(CPN) in Abuja.

 

 

 

The assembly coincided with the 25th anniversary of the council and the induction of 309 members into the profession.

 

 

 

The conference theme is: “Professionalism in Information Technology; Past, Present and Future”.

 

 

 

Pantami, who was represented by Dr Usman Gambo, the Director, IT Infrastructure Solutions, said that establishing the Information Communication Technology centres was in line with the mandate of the government to create jobs.

 

 

 

He said: “IT is part of our everyday lives and no country can develop without ICT.

 

 

 

“NITDA in 2017 deployed 86 digital job creation centres and has already deployed 83 this year across the country with a minimum of 15 computers available.

 

 

 

“The centres have created jobs for many and are serving as a way of routing poverty out of our society.”

 

 

 

He said that since 2010, NITDA had established over 500 digital job creation centres which were helping to drive digital growth in the country.

 

 

 

Patami said that overlapping of regulatory roles had limited the growth of digital economy in the country, adding that IT projects among agencies of government were done in silos.

 

 

 

According to him, inadequate IT capacity, infrastructure, no patronage of indigenous IT products and services have contributed to the poor performance of IT.

 

 

 

He expressed concern about the country`s lose of huge money to importation of IT products and services, adding that the agency was making effort to reduce and promote local content.

 

 

 

He said: “NITDA is developing the e-Nigeria framework and guidelines for the regulation of IT projects within government framework.

 

 

 

“We are also reviewing the local content guidelines which involve developing human capacity, software, hardware development to ensure that products made locally are promoted.”

 

 

 

He said that the country could leverage on its youthful population to solve the challenges in driving the IT sector.

 

 

 

Pantami added that ICT possibilities were endless but carrying out IT projects needed to be done in a more coordinated manner.

 

 

 

He, however, called on the new inductees to find ways of promoting local content in their practice and abide by the ethics of the profession.

 

 

 

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NITDA Bars MDAs from Using Unregistered IT Firms

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Dr. Isa Pantami, Director General of NITDA

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has advised Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), to avoid using the services of unregistered companies on Information Technology (IT) projects.

 

Kasim Sodangi, National Coordinator, Office for Nigerian Content Development (ONC), on Information Communication Technology (ICT), who gave this advice, explained that heeding the advice would ensure better implementation of the 2018 budget.

 

He said NITDA was poised to ensuring the promotion of the development of indigenous IT in the country through the validation of the Executive Orders 003 and 005 of the Federal Government, which sought to promote local content.

 

The coordinator recalled that the agency had earlier in the year issued a framework for the registration of indigenous IT service providers and contractors in the country, which would serve as a guide to projects implementation.

 

According to him, MDAs engaging certified and registered companies by NITDA will ensure quality service delivery of IT projects.

 

“The process of engaging indigenous IT service providers and contractors is designed to ensure that local companies with proven indigenous capability are given priority in executing IT procurement jobs in Nigeria.

 

“NITDA, therefore, directs all indigenous IT service providers and contractors not yet registered with the agency to immediately commence their registration process for verification and classification of capacity as IT companies in Nigeria.

 

“In implementing the 2018 budget, NITDA will advise MDAs to avoid implementing IT procurement with companies not registered with NITDA, as they may not have the capacity or professionalism to deliver IT projects.

 

“This is to reduce the high incidence of failure and poor delivery of IT projects in Nigeria,” he said.

 

Mr Sodangi said the agency was currently amending the guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT of 2013 to further enable the agency to accomplish its mandate.

 

He said the 2013 Guidelines for Nigerian content development in ICT as a coherent framework for ICT development in the country saw to the establishment of the ONC.

 

He added that the ONC was mandated to coordinate the implementation of the programmes and supervise compliance to the guidelines.

 

According to him, the review will ensure ease of doing business and give priority to indigenous registered IT companies.

 

He said they were working with stakeholders to review the guidelines, adding that the agency would issue the amended guidelines before the end of the third quarter of 2018.

 

Mr Sodangi said that the ONC had issued series of notices and had intervened in ensuring that the guidelines were enforced.

 

“The ONC has ensured that data hosted by MDAs outside Nigeria is repatriated to Nigerian Data Centres in line with the provisions of the guidelines.

 

“NITDA is also utilising various instruments within its operations to ensure implementation of its guidelines and ensure local content policy implementation.”

 

He added that NITDA had directed strict compliance with the guidelines through the IT project clearance process.

 

Mr Sodangi further said that MDAs implementing IT procurement projects were compelled to disclose project alignment with government’s local content policy and comply with all extant regulations.

 

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Rack Centre, Data Centre Provider Recognized as Winner @ Datacloud Awards

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Rack Centre, Africa’s Premium Data Centre and the leading carrier neutral Tier III constructed facility certified colocation data centre provider has been honoured with the prestigious Datacloud Award for regional excellence in the Data Centre Geographical Location category.

The Datacloud Europe Award is globally regarded as the world’s defining accolade for Data centre and cloud industry; the awards recognise the leading individuals and companies shaping the global data economy and honour innovation, service excellence, and diversity.

Mr Phillip Low, Chairman of Broadgroup, parent company of Data Economy Magazine and organiser of the award ceremony, said “Globally relevant, the Datacloud Awards have yet again both delighted and surprised reflecting the incredible dynamism, talent and spirit that exists in the industry.

“All of this year’s winners are disrupting and innovating in ways we had never imagined and helping to define new era in the IT infrastructure market’’

The Datacloud Europe award winners are selected by independent panel of judges and Rack Centre was selected ahead of three other European finalists due to its success metrics: 100 percent uptime since its launch in 2013, consistently exceeding expectations in customer satisfaction, the first carrier neutral colocation data centre provider in Africa to be Tier III Constructed Facility certified by the Uptime Institute and the most connected Tier III data centre in Africa situated in the excellent geophysical location in Lagos.

Ayotunde Coker MD Rack Centre noted: “we are truly proud of this award to Rack Centre representing Nigeria and West Africa.  Last year we were finalist in one category, and this year, finalist in two categories and selected as winner by an august panel of judges.

“We continue to strive to sustain excellence, world class quality and market leadership in all we do and the recognition at such prestigious global awards is fantastic recognition for Nigeria”.

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