Cyber security protection tips - GIPF

A few risks associated with using public hotspots are malware distribution, access to private information and unencrypted networks.

13 January 2022 | Economics

Mischievous people will approach you for their own benefit to rob you of your hard-earned savings. Martin Hamukwaya, Information Systems Security Officer: GIPF

MARTIN HAMUKWAYA

The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) has in recent years increased the shift and reliance in the use of information technology for its staff and members. As we aim to reduce the further spread of the Covid-19, we encourage our members to make use of our online platforms such as the GIPF member portal, our regional call centre lines and regional emails addresses, to access our services. The Fund pleads with members to always remain vigilant when using our online platforms specifically, the member portal. We encourage members to keep their passwords private.

It’s the dawn of a New Year and as such we reflect on a very difficult year when it comes to Covid-19. During this time, everyone is in a joyous, celebratory and free-spirited mood yet others are quite anxious about the year ahead. With an entire year upon us, certain individuals dread thinking about what the year holds for them due to financial constraints. It is with this background in mind that I wish to caution our members to be observant when it comes to their finances.

Mischievous people will approach you for their own benefit to rob you of your hard-earned savings. They are prone to use personal and electronic scams such as emails, WhatsApp, text messages and phone calls.

Before responding to prompts via any of the above means of communication, verify the legitimacy of the person contacting you. Where you are requested to share personal information, scrutinize the information again. Refrain from sharing any of your personal information like: pins, debit card/credit card numbers, and any other personal information. When making use of Automated teller machines (ATMs), swiping your card at any place or making use of online banking, be aware of your surroundings and ensure your personal details are protected.

Below are a few tips to set up complex and lengthy passwords which consists of at least twelve (12) characters when using the GIPF online portal, online banking and email addresses.

Don’ts

When creating your password, do not use personal information, make your password easy to guess, write your password down, share your password, use alphabet sequence or use a passphrase. Rather make something you can visualise and use a mixture of upper and lower case, numbers and special characters.

Communication via emails has increased drastically during the pandemic and will continue to rise in the near future. Therefore, hackers with malicious intent also make use of this opportunity to send out emails or direct messages to different social media platforms. These dishonest emails or direct messages often require you to install an executable file that encrypts your data or prompt you to click on a link which will further request you to provide more information about yourself. When you come across such emails, you are encouraged to scrutinise who the sender is as well as the content and it should be familiar to you before you can reply or act upon the mail. However, you may delete.

Restaurants, malls, airports and other public places often provide “Free WiFi” to customers and users. These Free WiFi offerings are often not secured and come with the risk of being breached as hackers know and sometimes see many people making use of their mobile devices. A few risks associated with using public hotspots are malware distribution, access to private information and unencrypted networks. I advise you to try as much as possible not to use free public WiFi offerings as the security around it is not adequate to protect your device compared to what an organisation would put in place.

Similar News

 

Low volumes of cargo during November 2021

15 hours ago | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUDuring the month of November 2021, exports amounting to N$5 billion, representing 56.6% of total exports left the country by sea, according to the...

Poor nations to receive Merck Covid pill

15 hours ago | Economics

FRANCESCO GUARASCIONearly 30 generic drugmakers in Asia, Africa and the Middle East will make cheap versions of Merck & Co's Covid-19 pill, under a landmark...

South Africa gets World Bank loan

15 hours ago | Economics

The World Bank has approved a loan of US$750 million to South Africa linked to Covid-19, aiming to help protect the poor and support economic...

N$8.8 billion gained in export earnings

3 days ago - 21 January 2022 | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUNamibia gained about N$8.8 billion in exports earnings in November 2021, an increase of 1.3% when compared to N$8.7 billion recorded in October 2021....

NISS records settlement value of N$1 trillion

3 days ago - 21 January 2022 | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUDue to high volumes of the new domestic electronic funds transfer (EFT) system streams, utilisation of the lending facilities, the purchase and resell of...

US sanctions strangling Zim economy

3 days ago - 21 January 2022 | Economics

FANUEL JONGWECallisto Jokonya stands in the cavernous factory of Imperial Refrigeration and recalls the halcyon days. In the 1990s, his factory, located in the Zimbabwean...

UK inflation pushes cost of living

3 days ago - 21 January 2022 | Economics

ROLAND JACKSONThe annual rate of inflation in Britain rose to a near 30-year high in December, official data showed Wednesday, stoking fears about a cost-of-living...

Malpass urges Microsoft to help poor countries

3 days ago - 21 January 2022 | Economics

After Microsoft announced it would spend tens of billions of dollars to buy a video game company, World Bank President David Malpass on Wednesday drew...

Oil prices hover around 2014 highs

3 days ago - 21 January 2022 | Economics

NAVEEN THUKRAL AND ROSLAN KHASAWNEHOil steadied on Thursday, clawing back losses earlier in the session, as strong demand and short-term supply disruptions continue to support...

New vaccine plant in South Africa opens

3 days ago - 21 January 2022 | Economics

WENDELL ROELFSouth African-American businessman Patrick Soon-Shiong opened a new vaccine plant in Cape Town on Wednesday, intended to help his local NantSA company make Covid-19...

Latest News

U/20 trials an important starting...

15 hours ago | Sports

ANDREW POOLMANNewly appointed head coach Chrysander Botha accepted the challenge of putting together the strongest possible Namibian under-20 rugby team after the trials held in...

Desert Storm, Tugstsogt settle for...

15 hours ago | Sports

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Sakaria (Desert Storm) Lukas stepped in to the opening bout of a Showtime Championship Boxing card, replacing the COVID-compromised Vic Pasillas in a...

Low volumes of cargo during...

15 hours ago | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUDuring the month of November 2021, exports amounting to N$5 billion, representing 56.6% of total exports left the country by sea, according to the...

NSFAF sticks to guns on...

15 hours ago | Justice

JEMIMA BEUKESThe Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) says the trust relationship between itself and its chief executive officer (CEO) Hilya Nghiwete has irretrievably broken...

Not our tradition – Onesi...

15 hours ago | Cultural

TUYEIMO HAIDULAONESIThe community of Onesi in the Omusati region is not in favour of legalising abortion because their tradition does not allow it.Speaking at the...

Churches condemn mandatory vaccination

15 hours ago | Health

ESTER KAMATIWINDHOEKThe Association of Christian Churches in Namibia (ACCN) has condemned the mandatory vaccination after some companies publicly implied that unvaccinated employees could lose their...

Corporates, don’t give up on...

15 hours ago | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISAWhen a child is misbehaving at home, as parents, our role is not to chase them away but to mentor them into becoming...

Five spots available for cyclists...

15 hours ago | Sports

NAMPA – The national coach at the cycling federation, Hans du Toit, says the Namibia Cycling Federation (NCF) will use upcoming races to select riders...

Poor nations to receive Merck...

15 hours ago | Economics

FRANCESCO GUARASCIONearly 30 generic drugmakers in Asia, Africa and the Middle East will make cheap versions of Merck & Co's Covid-19 pill, under a landmark...

Load More