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Armed Forces Remembrance Day 2016

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Tribute to our fallen heroes

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Dear valued customer,

BVN Fraud SMS

We wish to notify the general public that some unscrupulous individuals have been sending out blasts (as shown above) misinforming them that they should link their ATM cards with their respective BVN and are expected to call a certain number to do so.

 
Please this is neither from VAS2Nets nor NIBSS and you are strongly advised to ignore such text messages. For further clarification kindly contact your nearest bank branch.

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MOBILE DATA CONSERVATION TIPS

Last month we gave out tips on how to make your phone secure, this month let’s go further by advising on how to conserve your mobile data usage. We’ll be highlighting on 5 major tips.

Once you adhere to these simple tips you won’t have to wonder what consumes data on my phone.

  1. COMPRESS CHROME PAGES:If you use Google Chrome to surf the web often, you would discover that you can save one-third of your data consumption when you compress the pages. The data saver settings enable all web pages to be compressed before being loaded into your browser.

Although it’s also important to note that this setting has a little setback which is, it tends to slow down your surfing speed just a bit. To activate the data saver, simply launch the Chrome browser, go to the menu section where you have 3 dots and select settings, after which you now select Data saver.

  1. GET RID OF THE FACEBOOK APP:The Facebook app is one that is used by most android phone users and it is responsible for the loss of large volume of data asides the regular draining of battery. In order to conserve your data you can download Tinfoil for Facebook which is a web app that displays the Facebook website. After installing the app, check the box next to “open links inside the app”, this will make links being opened from the mobile app to open from within the app instead of the browser.
  1. RESTRICT BACKGROUND DATA:Background data include weather widgets, updating of feeds, etc. It would interest you to know that they use your data even if you are not actually using them, so it’s advisable to disable them.

Please follow this procedure: Settings > Data Usage > Restrict Back ground data. Then if you want to adjust the settings for a particular app, go to Settings > Apps.

To change sync settings for Google services, go to Settings > Accounts > Google > select the account. When this is done, uncheck the services you don’t want to sync automatically. Note that these depend on the particular android version being used.

  1.    DISABLE AUTO-UPDATING APPS:It is advisable to disable auto-updating apps. To do this, Go to the Play Store and tap the navigation section on the left and you’ll see settings, Open the settings and ensure that it is set to either “’Do Not Auto-Update Apps” or “only over Wi-Fi.”

But for individual apps settings, go to My Apps > choose the app you want to disable > un-check Auto-Update.

  1. SAVE RATHER THAN STREAM:Another important way to conserve data is to always download music or video files into your device rather than streaming them from sites like YouTube. After this you save the music or Video and can now listen or watch offline.

 

Culled from cnet

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SMARTPHONE SECURITY TIPS

 

Today we’ll be taking a look at how to keep our Smartphones secured and ensure privacy too.

We’ll be giving out 10 tips on how you can do so.

But to be quite sincere, there is no such thing as 100 percent privacy while using a smartphone. But, if you remember certain important tips and tricks, and follow them accordingly, the chances are that at least 75 percent or may be more can be achieved.

They are as follows:

 

  1. SECURITY PIN/PASSWORD/PATTERN LOCK: This is one of the most primary steps to ensure your smartphone is locked from anyone but you at all times. However, as basic as it may seem, most people are too lazy to set it up. Setting up a screen lock is very important. Ensure you pin/password is not something simple e.g. 1234, which people can crack at first try. At the same time, don’t make it so confusing that even you don’t remember it. It’s also ideal to select a combination of numbers and alphabets. You could also set your screen to lock between 1-5 minutes of being idle.

 

  1. TRACKING/WIPING SERVICE: Smartphones now have a free tracking/wiping service. This is a kind of remote tracking and wiping tool. Android phones have what is called a Device Manager; while iPhones come with find my iPhone, etc. These tools come in handy when your phone is lost or stolen. You can use these tools to remotely lock, track, and even wipe your phone data using a computer with internet access. But the trick here is to have these tools up and running on your Smartphones at all times.

 

  1. LOCK APP: Download some kind of file lock app, because there has to be something on your Smartphone e.g. a chat, a picture or anything that you wouldn’t want prying eyes to see. Furthermore there may be some apps that you don’t want others using your phone to access. There are many good ones you can download from app stores download and install them, then password-protect the data you wish to hide.

 

  1. SET UP A GUEST MODE/PARENTAL LOCK: Android 5.0 Lollipop and iOS 8 from Google and Apple respectively come with something called Guest Mode. Basically, the trick is to restrict access to the content on your Android/iOS smartphone when you’re giving it to somebody. Using the Guest Mode, you can create a separate user profile on your smartphone and assign it with the apps and content that you deem fit to be accessed by someone else. Once you have this profile up and running, the next time you handover your phone to someone you simply have to enable Guest Mode and he/she will gain access to this profile, hiding all the other stuff. The normal profile will be password protected and cannot be accessed until it is typed in correctly.

 

  1. REGULARLY UPDATING YOUR SMARTPHONE: Software developers release periodic updates to their software, improving upon an already existing version. These improvements include security and stability updates as well. Therefore, as and when updates (no matter how big or small) come up for your OS, make sure you update it, and have the latest version running on your smartphone at all times. It’s more important from a security point of view, since these updates may have some fix for some security issue that might be plaguing an earlier version. Also, software developers tend to push out fixes to security bugs (as and when something is detected) therefore it is highly advisable to update your phones periodically.

 

  1. BEWARE OF INSTALLING APPS FROM UNTRUSTED SOURCES: Android smartphones have something called an Unknown Sources option in security settings. Checking it allows you to install third-party apps from sources other than Google’s official Play Store. You don’t have such an option in the iPhone, and you need to jailbreak it if you want to install third-party apps. Ideally, you must not do either of these. Always install apps from trusted sources, meaning the Google Play Store and the iTunes Store. Apps there meet the desired standards of official safety and security.

 

  1. KEEP YOUR LOCATION SETTINGS IN CHECK: Every smartphone now comes with a built-in GPS or location tracking feature. Essentially, these keep your apps and services like Google Maps and other live and active at all times. While, it may seem convenient to have your location settings open for such apps, even others like Facebook, Twitter, etc., there may come a time when you don’t want others to know where you are. But more than anything, you wouldn’t want your apps to know where you are, at all times. It is possible to individually allow/deny apps to ascertain your location. You can control your location settings, even shut it off completely.

 

  1. PUBLIC WI-FI IS DANGEROUS, AVOID IT: Public Wi-Fi or the Wi-Fi you get at places like some restaurant, coffee shop, etc is the breeding ground for some of the most dangerous cyber-attacks. Miscreants who have good technical know-how tend to use these networks to push ‘man in the middle’ attacks. Basically, using some cyber sorcery, hackers can gain access to your smartphone (when you’re connected to the public Wi-Fi network) and can do a lot of many dangerous things, ranging from gaining your online passwords, to getting access to your confidential bank records. While you must refrain from using the smartphone for sensitive dealings, the truth is we are doing it a lot these days. Therefore, the one way to ensure your security is to avoid public Wi-Fi networks.

 

  1. TURN OFF WI-FI/BLUETOOTH WHEN NOT IN USE: Many people have their Wi-Fi on at most times. So that when some Wi-Fi networks open, they like to have it up and running on their smartphone to save their data charges. It’s not safe to do this. Also, having your Bluetooth on when you don’t need it is also calling for trouble. Hackers may use an available connection on your phone to access your files. Therefore, have these on only when you need to.

 

  1. BACK UP YOUR DATA: This is more of a precautionary step in the event your smartphone gets lost or stolen. Have a backup of all your data/contacts/documents etc ready at all times. Ideally, you should have it in some physical drive, but saving it up in the cloud is also a handy option.

 

 

Culled from Tech news

 

 

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