Why You Need A VPN When Using Public WI-FI

Everyone knows WI-FI. Well, almost everyone. For the uninitiated, it is what allows devices to connect wirelessly to a network that may or may not have internet access. Although, it is more popular for internet connections due to the convenience it affords.

Some nice folks decided to take this whole concept of wireless connectivity and make it public, hence, public places like airports, malls, restaurants, coffee shops, and hotels offer WI-FI networks that people can connect to and access the internet for free.

As always, it didn’t take long for the bad guys to figure out how to use this to compromise people. Despite the risks, there are safe ways to use public WI-FI. Our founder, Confidence Staveley (Sisi Nerd) covers one of such methods known as using a VPN.

Watch the video below to find out how a VPN can impact your safety while using public WI-FI.

Social Media Sponsored Ad Scams

Some weeks back, we reported on several loan application scams in which scammers were impersonating Guarantee Trust Bank and phishing for the card details of their targets. These scams were spread via sponsored ads on social media.

Our intelligence team has come across two other variants using the same method of the sponsored ads as a means of propagation. The first is a scam impersonating Mobile telecommunication company MTN, and promising free 3GB of data.

The scam uses a link shortener, another favorite of cybercriminals to direct the victims to a phishing page that harvests their login credentials.

The second is a scam impersonating Marketplace company Jumia. The scam uses a link that sends targets to a page to spin a wheel to win prizes.

This also is an attempt to harvest login credentials as the targets are asked to click a link to login into their social media account before the wheel can be spun.

From the foregoing, we ask that you pay attention when scrolling down your social media feed and be wary of sponsored ads. Also, watch the short video below and make sure you’re not doing the five things listed below that may compromise your social media accounts.

We are hiring a Programs Monitoring and Evaluation Intern

Job Title

Programs Monitoring and Evaluation Intern

Nature of Role

Internship

Location

Nigeria

Qualification

  • 0 – 2 years previous work experience in a non-profit organization
  • Bachelor’s degree

Skills and Competencies

  • Must be excited to achieve a deep understanding of our initiatives, the vision behind them and how they operate.
  • Must be willing to hold self and others accountable for all work activities, personal actions, and decisions; follows through on commitments and focuses on those activities that have the greatest impact on meeting measurable high-quality results for Cybersafe Foundation’s success.
  • Demonstrate initiative and ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and/or lead the efforts to effectively meet monitoring and evaluation needs.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, nailing deadlines, and reacting swiftly to shifting priorities.
  • Have excellent writing and analytical skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation processes and systems.
  • Commitment to inclusive programming that encourages full participation of individual regardless of gender, disability status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or other marginalized status.

Duties

  • Design, organize and execute programs and activities in conformity with the foundations mission and objectives.
  • Conceptualizing programs, campaigns, strategies and executing them while working closely with management and other volunteers.
  • Monitor quality of all program activities, and contribute to high-quality and timely reports, work plans, and other program deliverables.
  • Monitor progress against program indicators and milestones and offer regular communication on data to ensure that program targets are met.
  • Develop or make contributions on operating plan and an evaluation method to assess program strengths, risks, and identify areas of improvement.
  • Assist with the design and development of forms and questionnaires for data collection and analysis.
  • Developing strategies to secure partnerships with relevant bodies and organizations in your delegated state.
  • Monitor and evaluate all deliverables from vendors and collaborating partners.
  • Contribute to program communications needs, such as summarizing and communicating program achievements, collecting, and disseminating success stories, and using social media channels to communicate with participants and other stakeholders.
  • Doing all such things as are incidental and considered necessary for meeting any targeted purpose.

Interested and qualified candidates shouldsend an email with their resumes and cover letter explaining how their current skill set, or passions align with our goals and this role to [email protected] include Programs Monitoring and Evaluation Associatein the subject line of your email message.

Application closes: January 28th, 2021

For Further Enquires: Call 08141969381

Open call for 2021 CyberSafe Fellowship Application

Nature of Role

Volunteering

Requirements

  • Must currently enrolled in or an Alumni of an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Passion for advancing cybersecurity and safety.
  • Proven experience managing a team.
  • Proven experience in project management.
  • Knowledge of basic use of Computer.

Competencies

  • Must be excited to achieve a deep understanding of our initiatives, the vision behind them and how they operate.
  • Must be available for trainings, workshops, and meetings when necessary.
  • Must exhibit great confidence in the work that we do and a zeal to deliver excellently.
  • Must be willing to hold self and others accountable for all work activities, personal actions, and decisions; follows through on commitments and focuses on those activities that have the greatest impact on meeting measurable high-quality results for Cybersafe Foundation’s success.
  • Must be comfortable working in teams as well as acting independently in the implementation of specific tasks, multitasking and prioritizing.
  • Must have experience handling multiple projects, nailing deadlines, and reacting swiftly to shifting priorities.
  • Must be an outgoing, warm personality who accepts feedback, iterates on a dime, and can articulate your vision clearly.

Duties

  • Representing the foundation in your state of residence and always maintaining a positive image of the brand.
  • Design, organize and execute programs and activities in conformity with the foundations mission and objectives.
  • Educating the masses about latest cybersecurity trends and best practices in creative and entertaining ways.
  • Conceptualizing programs, campaigns, strategies and executing them while working closely with management and other volunteers in your state.
  • Developing a budget, operating plan, and an evaluation method to assess program strengths, risks, and identify areas of improvement.
  • Producing timely and accurate reporting of program status throughout its lifecycle.
  • Meeting with stakeholders to make communication easy and transparent regarding project issues and decisions.
  • Developing strategies to secure partnerships with relevant bodies and organizations in your delegated state.
  • Doing all such things as are incidental and considered necessary for meeting any targeted purpose.

Location

All States in Nigeria

Interested and qualified candidates shouldsend an emailwith their resumes and cover letter explaining how their current skill set, or passions align with our goals to [email protected] include 2021 Cybersafe Fellowship in the subject line of your email message.

Application closes:January 31st, 2021

For Further Enquires: Call 08141969381

How To Get Your Social Media Account Hacked.

Do not be alarmed, we are not asking you to get your social media accounts hacked, quite the contrary. Rather, we are using a little sarcasm to bring to your attention the importance of social media security. Note that the same social media you use to communicate with family and friends has given rise to a vast global cyber criminal network using these platforms to support criminal activity to the tune of nearly $3.25 billion annually.

So if you don’t take social media security seriously, best believe you’re the answer to the prayer of one cybercriminal somewhere. They would love to hijack your account to spread their latest scam or malware.

To stay safe, watch the video below and make sure you’re not doing any of the things highlighted that could get your account hacked.