Is Dangote Really Sharing Money? – CyberSafe x SisiNerd

On this week’s episode of CyberSafe with SisiNerd, our resident cybersecurity expert SisiNerd brings to light revelations exposed in a recent investigation into a WhatsApp scam conducted by our Intel Team.

Watch the video to find out more and also for various ways you can stay safe while using the aforementioned social media messaging app.

Are You Still Using Your Birthday As Your Atm Pin?

Asides using your birthday, other bad ideas for ATM Pin numbers are sequences such as 1234, 4321; repeating numbers 1111, 9999, 0000; repeating pairs 2020, 3030. 4040; and four digits beginning with 19xx such as 1985, 1986, 1993, 1994. If you haven’t noticed, these are really easy to guess.

So what should you use? Thankfully, SisiNerd comes through this week with a super duper way to create a strong ATM pin, watch below.

Cybersafe Foundation Safer Internet Day 2021: Session Replays and Resources.

On Tuesday, 9 February 2021, Cybersafe Foundation joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day, themed “Together for a better internet”. The day called upon all stakeholders to come together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, especially children and young people. To commemorate Safer Internet Day 2021, Cybersafe Foundation hosted three sessions to drive awareness on salient cybersecurity issues and risks children face given their increased exposure to technology and remediation/protective measures. The event was hosted in partnership with Like A Palm Tree Foundation, Lagos Mums, Techeconomy, Wives and Mothers Network, and Facebook.

The first interactive virtual session was for children aged 5 to 12 years old and titled “Cyber Young Cyber Safe.” It featured a Q&A, an online safety game, and a story from Grandma Wura. Below is a recording of the session.

Here’s a video of Story time with Grandma Wura.

The second interactive virtual session was for 13 to 17-year-old teens. It featured a presentation centered on social engineering schemes, basic online safety best practices, and cyberbullying. Below is a recording of the session.

The last interactive virtual session was for parents and guardians. It featured a presentation from Adaora Ikenze, a Facebook Representative on Key Privacy and Safety Features on Facebook. Here are the links to the resources she shared:

Get Digital Resource for parents, educators, and young people( With downloadable lesson plans)- https://facebook.com/fbgetdigital

Parents Portal- https://facebook.com/safety/parents

Youth Portal- https://facebook.com/safety/youth

Bullying Prevention hub- https://facebook.com/safety/bullying

Digital Literacy Library- https://facebook.com/safety/educators…

Safety Centre- https://facebook.com/safety

Then Chukwuemeka Monyei of Like a Palm Tree Foundation gave a talk focused on parental guidance, children emulating parents, and basic online safety best practices. We also had Chioma Ibe from the Nigerian Communications Commission who gave a short talk. Below is a recording of the session.

A special thank you to all our partners that made the event a success.

Cybersafe Foundation and Partners Set to Celebrate Safer Internet Day in Grand Style

On Tuesday, 9 February 2021, Cybersafe Foundation will join the rest of the world to celebrate the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day, themed “Together for a better internet”. The day calls upon all stakeholders to come together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, especially children and young people. To commemorate Safer Internet Day 2021, Cybersafe Foundation in partnership with Like A Palm Tree Foundation, Proud African Roots, Facebook, etc. will be hosting three virtual sessions to drive awareness on salient online safety issues and risks children face given their increased exposure to technology and remediation/protective measures. Children aged 5-12years old will have their online session 4-5pm, Teenagers will meet 6-7pm and parents will enjoy an insightful session 7:30-9pm on Tuesday 9th February 2021.

Commenting on the event, Cybersafe Foundation’s Founder, Confidence Staveley said “Given the increased exposure of children to technology, and underage use of social media becoming common place, it has become rather pertinent that we tackle issues faced by children due to this exposure. In a nutshell, some of the risks children face online include Exposure to adult content, Grooming, cyberbullying, infection of computing systems by harmful code, sexual exploitation, exposure to extremists’ views and radicalization. Very often, these children are unable to communicate these negative online experiences to a trusted adult or parent.”

“The fact that we don’t speak about these events doesn’t mean they don’t happen; we hear stories every day. We are very excited to be spreading online safety best practices in a very novel way; using storytelling,” she said.

The event will deliver key online safety messages to children and Parents in an educative and entertaining way.  Featuring story time with Grandma Wura, songs, exciting gifts, games and insightful talks from Adaora Ikenze, Head Anglophone West Africa | Africa Public Policy, Facebook and Chukwuemeka Monyei, Co-Founder, Like A Palm Tree Foundation during the parents’ session all geared towards driving home online safety practices. To learn more and signup, visit bit.ly/CSF-SID2021

How To Create A Strong Password (Part 1)

The Jury is in…. weak passwords are still a thing. The list below is from Nordpass and details the worse ten passwords of 2020 compiled from various data breaches.

PositionPasswordNumber of usersTime to crack itTimes exposed
11234562,543,285Less than a second23,597,311
2123456789961,435Less than a second7,870,694
3picture1371,6123 Hours11,190
4password360,467Less than a second3,759,315
512345678322,187Less than a second2,944,615
6111111230,507Less than a second3,124,368
7123123189,327Less than a second2,238,694
812345188,268Less than a second2,389,787
91234567890171,724Less than a second2,264,884
10senha167,72810 Seconds8,213

If your password isn’t on the list don’t jump for joy yet, your password could still be weak and allow cybercriminals to bypass it. So, how can you tell if your password is weak? Watch this week’s episode of Cybersafe with Sisinerd to find out.