Cyber security no longer a fail-safe

According to the Tanzania cyber security report, the cost of cybercrime in the country is estimated at USD 85 million in 2016.

Belinda Japhet
Jun 13, 2018 · 5 min read

“Phishing allows a hacker to enter your system and manipulate your content. If you run a news site or blog then this person can implant fake news onto your publication and undermine your reputation but also land you in massive trouble for breaking media regulations.”

This was the very first time for many attendees to hear about the various types of attacks they can be exposed to. Journalist Elizabeth Tsungaraza says cyber security is still a foreign concept for many.

  • Be careful while sharing flash drives and letting others connect their devices to yours.
  • Beware of re-registration prompts even from trusted platforms such as Microsoft. You can easily tell if these are authentic by checking the URL.
  • Keep your software up to date: This is critical in ensuring your site is secure.
  • Use strong passwords: We all know complex passwords are best but not everyone heeds this advice. Using strong passwords is crucial in relation to your server and website admin, but it is equally as important to insist users follow good practice in forming passwords in order to maintain the security of their accounts.
  • This can be done using website security tools, and is often referred to as penetration testing.

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Journalism x Technology. The umbrella group for African chapters of Hacks/Hackers, where civic tech pioneers play with ways to rewire the media.

Thanks to Catherine Gicheru.

Belinda Japhet

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Belinda Japhet is a communications consultant, writer and poet

Hacks/Hackers Africa

Journalism x Technology. The umbrella group for African chapters of Hacks/Hackers, where civic tech pioneers play with ways to rewire the media.