Cybercrime: Protect Yourself Online, NCC Tasks 114m Nigerians
By Pelumi Olaleye
One hundred and fourteen million Nigerians who browse the internet daily have been advised by the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC),to protect their backend and presence when online.
As access to internet increase, the dimension of cyber criminal activities is also becoming more sophisticated. There is a need for the consumers to get enlightened on the dangers of cyber crimes and for them to, in turn, take the skills learnt through such consumer engagement programmes as CTM very seriously and apply them when using the Internet in order for keep the cyber space safe for them.
This heads up was handed down by the (NCC), Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Mrs. Felicia Onwuegbuchulam during the 47th edition of the NCC’s consumer town hall meeting (CTM), a monthly regulator, operators and consumer engagement forum for the grassroots, held in Uzuakoli, Abia State.
According to her, there is need to show interest in getting constant enlightenment and be conscious of fraudulent tendencies by some Internet users while online.
Themed: ‘Mitigating Effects of Cyber Crimes: The Role of Telecom Consumers’, Onwuegbuchulam said tripartite programme is one of the initiatives of the commission to bring together consumers, network operators and the regulator to identify and discuss salient issues bordering on the telecoms industry with a view to jointly providing solutions to identified challenges.
Onwuegbuchulam, who was represented at the forum by the Commission’s Head, Information and Reference Unit, Alh. Ismail Adedigba explained that the theme of the event had been carefully chosen for deliberations to effectively educate and inform the telecom consumers on the threats and modus operandi of cyber criminals in the industry and suggest ways by which the consumers can be protected.
Onwuegbuchulam explained that, cyber space covers everything consumers do online or with computing devices including mobile phones, tablets and personal computers, just as the internet touches almost all aspects of human lives.
She however, stated that aside the continuous consumer enlightenment programmes such as CTM, being organised by the NCC, the Commission had also initiated a process to establish an Internet Industry Code of Practice for Internet Service.
“The Internet Code is a regulatory intervention that will not only help to secure the country’s cyber space against imminent threats from cyber attackers but also address such issues as online child protection, privacy and data protection, contents, among others,” she added.
According to her, the need to constantly educate is further underscored by the large number of Nigerians online with even more to come as the Commission intensifies efforts towards implementing it’s various initiatives aimed at deepenibg connectivity across the nooks and crannies of Nigeria.
She maintained that as at February,2019 there were over 114 million Internet users in the country with over 63 million of them accessing 3G and 4G networks. Adding that the liberalisation of the telecoms industry in 2001 led to an unprecedented growth in the usage and dependence on internet-based solutions, services and applications, stressing that as Internet is being used for legitimate, positive engagements, some indivduals also use it for criminal activities in the cyber space.
She reiterated how the over 114 million Internet users in the country can be properly protected while online and
one of the key ways to achieve this is through enlightenment and awareness programmes by the commission where consumers are informed on the dangers of cyber crimes as well as learn and observe skills gained through such awareness in order to be protected while on the Internet.