Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Online Security Tips - Your Old Phone Number Could Be Someone's New Number

You may have lost your mobile device, and for some reason could not retrieve your old phone number. It is important to note that after a long period of time you service provider could reassign the number to someone else, therefore there is need to update your online contact details accordingly.



What this means is you need to ensure your old mobile number is no longer linked to any of your online accounts and platforms. You can achieve this by updating your personal and contact information on all online platforms where you may have registered the old number, such as your bank accounts, Google account, Apple account, etc. For bank accounts kindly contact the customer service via phone call, visit their verified website or walk into nearby branch to update your details with your new number.

Failure to effect these contact updates could lead to issues such as inability to receive One Time Password (OTP) notifications, SMS alerts and so on. These notifications would be received by the new owner of your old mobile line, which potentially puts you in danger of being hacked.



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

WHATSAPP: HOW TO BACKUP CHATS & MEDIA ON GOOGLE DRIVE

With Google Drive cloud storage service you can backup WhatsApp media which includes chats, photos, videos, audio and documents. It is goodbye to data loss! The importance of performing this backup is if you change or lose your device you can always retrieve all your previous media files with ease.

Google has recently announced a new agreement with WhatsApp regarding backup of WhatsApp chats and media on Google Drive which will allow users have extra storage different from their normal Google Drive storage quota. The announcement reads; "Due to a new agreement between WhatsApp and Google, WhatsApp backups will no longer count against Google Drive storage quota. However, any WhatsApp backups that have not been updated in more than a year will automatically be removed from storage. This policy will go into effect for all users on November 12, 2018 though some users may see the quota benefits earlier. To avoid the loss of any backups, we recommend that people manually back up WhatsApp before November 12, 2018"

What this means is users are expected to ensure their whatsApp backup is functional. Now let's demonstrate how to ensure an Android device is backing up WhatsApp chats and media on Google Drive.

Step 1:
Open WhatsApp.
Tap Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
 

 Step 2:
>Tap Back up to Google Drive and select a backup frequency other than Never.
>Select a Google account that you'll back up your chat history to. If you don't have a Google account, tap Add account when prompted and enter your login credentials.
>Tap Back up over to choose the network you wish to use for backup. Please note that backing up over a cellular data network might result in additional data charges.

You can also manually back up your chats to Google Drive at any time:
Tap Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
Tap BACK UP to begin your Google Drive backup. This process might take a few minutes.


When this is done, your WhatsApp backup is now functional and will run in the background accordingly based on the frequency chosen in step 2 above.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Google To Provide Free Wi-Fi For Nigerians

In one of my previous blog posts INTERNET PENETRATION - Nigeria Top Three in Global Online Search, a research conducted by Google ranked Nigeria among the top three countries of the world that spend quality time online in search of various goods and service.

The latest development is Google has announced Nigeria to be the first on the African continent to receive Google's free public Wi-Fi service via the Google Station initiative - a program to provide high quality, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots in Nigeria. Google Station initiative is already live in five countries globally and will connect millions of users via 200 Wi-Fi hotspots spread across five cities in Nigeria within one year.

The Internet connectivity will ride on a partner Fiber Optic infrastructure to provide Wi-Fi hotspots at public places such as colleges, shopping malls, markets and bus stations in over 200 locations in five cities across Nigeria by the end of 2019.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

HOW TO USE GOOGLE MAP TO FIND PLACES AROUND YOU

Google Map is a simple but powerful tool. You can use it to locate places around you such as Cinemas, Restaurants, Hospitals, etc., find detailed directions from one part of town to another or from one city to another, as well as estimate distances and travel times.
Here's how to find particular locations and discover places of interest.

STEP 1:  Open the Google Maps app on your mobile device or visit https://maps.google.com on your internet browser. Once opened it should load the map of your current location. If not, you will be prompted to enable location service on your device, tap ok to enable and continue.

STEP 2: Type in the name of the location you wish to search for in the search bar, for instance Port-Harcourt. You can use Google's voice input to speak the name of the location instead of typing it. The map of the location you searched will be displayed. 

STEP 3:  You can then search for places within the location by using relevant keywords. e.g. cinema.

STEP 4:  You can as well search for specific places with their names or something related, you will surely get some suggestions when you type or speak. E.g. Port Harcourt Please Park
 
STEP 5: Tap on "More Info" to see details of the place which include address, phone contacts, pictures, business hours and much more.

In the next blog post I will guide on how to navigate from one place to another with the help of Google Map.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

CONTROL HOW TWITTER SHARES YOUR INFO WITH BUSINESS PARTNERS

Following recent Facebook data privacy issues, Twitter has taken proactive steps by notifying users of their current privacy settings, acknowledging the fact that current default settings allows them to share certain users' private information with business partners. Users are encouraged to turn off the sharing if not desired.

This blog post will guide you through the steps to check and adjust these settings to prevent your data from being shared by Twitter.

Step 1: From your Twitter mobile app main menu, go To "Settings and privacy"

Step 2: Go to "Privacy and safety"


Step 3: Go to "Personalization and data" 


Step 4: Uncheck "Share your data with Twitter's business partners"


Step 5: If you decide to disable all settings related to personal data, simply toggle the button at top right corner.


If logged on via web browser simply go to Profile and settings > Privacy and Security > Personalization and data

I hope you find this post useful as we all strive for online safety!

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

HOW TO STOP FACEBOOK APPS FROM SHARING YOUR INFORMATION

Few weeks ago a data privacy scandal was in the news which involved Facebook and a political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. User information of over 87 million Facebook users where either exposed by Facebook to the consulting firm or the firm "inappropriately" obtained the data, beginning from year 2014. Following this incident Facebook has come up with some security settings that can help users evaluate third party apps already connected to their accounts.

There are several third party apps on Facebook which by way of design accesses user information and can possibly share such information illegally. Therefore Facebook has released a statement advising users to review these settings and see exactly the apps currently connected to users accounts from the time the user joined Facebook till date.

The statement reads "We understand the importance of keeping your data safe, and we are making it easier for you to control the which apps you share information with. You can go to Apps and websites section of your settings at any time to see the apps and websites you've logged in to using Facebook. You can also remove the ones you don't want to have connected to Facebook anymore."

Here is a step by step guide on checking and adjusting these settings accordingly when logged in to your Facebook account either from a Web Browser or Mobile App. From time to time you would see a pop-up message like the image below if you haven't adjusted the settings yet.


To view and adjust the settings when logged on via Facebook App;
Step1: Go to Settings > Account Settings

Step2: Go to Apps

Step3: You will see the categories under Apps and websites as shown below, choose accordingly;

Step 4: Choose Edit under "Logged in with Facebook" you'll see three tabs - Active, Expired and Removed. Click each tab tab see the apps and review accordingly. To remove any simply choose and remove.

 Step 5: Go back to Step 3 and choose Edit under "Apps, Websites and Games" read through displayed info and make a decision either to turn of or close.

NB: If logged in via Web Browser, simply Go to Settings > Apps and websites.

I hope you find this blog post useful as per keeping your Facebook account and personal information safe and secured.

Friday, March 23, 2018

THE ''WARES'': COMMONLY USED COMPUTER JARGONS

In this article I decided to take a look at some set of commonly used computer terms which have become everyday language. These terms are quite related but still have distinguishable meanings and applications. Interesting they have a unique pattern of ending with "ware"

1. Hardware
2. Software
3. Malware
4. Spyware
5. Firmware
6. Middle-ware
7. Ransomware
8. Adware
9. Freeware
10. Shareware
11. Lite-ware


Hardware
The commonest definition remains "the parts of the computer we can see". The hardware is all the tangible computer parts such as the monitor, keyboard, mouse and the system unit which is the main body of a computer that houses other internal components such as the hard disk, Random Access Memory (RAM) chips, the Central Processing Unit (CPU) chip, and the motherboard which interconnects all the internal electronic components.

Software
This refers to the virtual part of the computer, it is not physical like the hardware, it the collection of lines of code or programs written to instruct to the computer to perform tasks. Related terms such as software programs, applications and scripts all fall under the category of computer software. Therefore installing new programs or applications on your computer is synonymous with installing new software on your computer. Two main categories of software are systems software (e.g. The Operating System software such as Windows 10) and Applications Software (e.g. Productivity software such as Microsoft Word)

Malware
Malware simply means a "malicious software’’ It refers to software programs designed to damage or do other unwanted actions on a computer system. It covers all the commonly known ‘’bad’’ programs from Viruses to worms, spyware and Trojan horses.


Spyware
This is a form of malware which ‘’spies’’ on other computers and gather data from a user's system without the user knowing it. This can include anything from the Web pages a user visits to personal information, such as credit card numbers, e-mail messages, usernames and passwords.
Your computer gets infected when you open an e-mail attachment containing the malicious software. It can also be installed when you install another program that has a spyware installer attached to it.

Firmware
Software program embedded or programmed on a hardware which provides the necessary instructions for how the device communicates with the other computer hardware. It is stored on the flash ROM of the hardware device. ROM stands ‘’Read Only Memory’’ but flash ROM can be erased and re-written. For instance, a wireless router comes with a firmware installed which can be updated by downloaded the latest firmware and installing it.

Middle-ware
Middle-ware as the name implies sits in between and integrates software together. It lies between an Operating System and the applications running on it.  It facilitates exchange of data between two application programs within the same environment, or across different hardware and network environments.


Ransomware
This is a type of malware that simply ‘’kidnaps’’ your computer or file folders until a ransom is paid. It usually prevents you from using your computer or opening specific files or folders by encrypting them. it may lock your computer and display a "lockscreen" with a message saying you must pay a ransom to regain use of your computer. The ransom message typically includes instructions for how to pay the fine, often by credit card Or Bitcoin. Example of a ransomware is the WannaCry ransomware attack which spread through the internet last year 2017, infecting more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries, using 20 different languages to demand money from users using Bitcoin concurrency.

Adware
This is a very common one seen on web browsers as they pop up advertisements. They are free software optimized to generate advertisements.

Freeware
Freeware is software that is free to use. Unlike commercial software it does not require buying software licenses or payments of any kind. Examples of freeware are games and host of other utility software found on the internet.

Shareware
This is a type of freeware but its expected for the user to pay for it later. Its intended for the user to utilize and share to others free of charge but for a limited period and most times with limited functionality which is removed after payment is made.

Lite-ware
Same as shareware. It is designed to provide limited but sufficient functionality prior to purchase. Once a user purchases the full version, it becomes unlocked and the user enjoys full functionality.

I believe with this you can better appreciate these computer terms with their differences and similarities as well.