NITDA Gives Security Tips For Internet Users

To prevent internet compromise, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has given some tips on data protection by people while using the internet.

Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa gave the tips at the National Data Privacy Week, an event scheduled for a critical public enlightenment and the importance of Data Regulation to Nigeria’s Digital Economy, in Abuja.

According to a series of tweets on its handle @NITDANigeria, Inuwa said: “I urge you all to be conscious about your privacy because whoever controls your data controls your world. As your take-home tips, the following can help you protect yourself.”

He listed the following tips to data to include: On any new device, set your privacy settings immediately (This includes new applications, social media, and programs.), Never use unsecured WiFi – especially for banking or shopping and keep your software up to date (Out of date software is vulnerable to hackers).

The tweet further listed other tips as: “Never give personal information over the phone, email, or text. Use strong password phrases. The longer the password, the harder it is to break. Do not save your passwords on your device. Change passwords when your accounts may have been compromised. Use virus protection and a firewall.”

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