Author: Lynn Wandia

Five African Nations Acquire Prominence for Cyber Attacks

Five African Nations Acquire Prominence for Cyber Attacks

Cyber Security
Five African countries made it to the list of ten most affected nations by cyber attacks in 2016 Checklist  reports indicated. This was when cyber-criminals increasingly launched ransomware assaults with Cryptowall and Locky ransomware strains that destruct up to half the data. The index of potential threat that CheckPoint has computed is on the back of threat intelligence the security company obtained from a mapping exercise it did in ThreatCloud World Cyber Threat Map that traces cyber-assaults' mode and place of execution globally within real time. As evident from the study, the Locky ransomware disseminates chiefly through spam mails having one downloader camouflaging certain Zip/Word file attached to the e-mails. This downloader pulls down and plants the malware design
Global Cybersecurity Firm Launches Solution to Protect Kids in Kenya

Global Cybersecurity Firm Launches Solution to Protect Kids in Kenya

Cyber Security, Uncategorized
Kaspersky Lab has launched a security solution package in Kenya that helps parents keep their families safe from cybercrimes and uphold cybersecurity. Users can now protect their private information from being stolen during an unsafe Internet connection thanks to a new feature called Secure Connection. The new function encrypts all data sent and received through the network, allowing users to connect to the Internet safely when performing financial operations, authorization on sites, or transferring confidential information. According to Managing Director for Kaspersky Lab Africa, Riaan Badenhorst, an increasing number of African children are spending more time online using social media, playing games, or communicating with their friends. Badenhorst notes that the continent’s
Google Maps now lets you get an Uber without leaving the app

Google Maps now lets you get an Uber without leaving the app

Technology
Google Maps is a great tool for getting directions to just about anywhere, but with a new update rolling out to Android and iOS users, you’ll also be able to use it to tell someone else where you need to go. Thanks to a tighter integration with Uber, users are now able to book, pay, and track your rides without having to leave Google Maps. Google announced the update on Thursday in a blog post, explaining that Maps users need only to sign in to their existing  account (or create one) in order to book an Uber ride, track the driver on the map, and connect with the driver, all from within the Maps app. When a user types in a destination, they are to tap the taxi-hailing icon to get a list of times and prices from both Uber and Lyft. The difference is that now when they select on
Facebook Blocks Posts in Thailand

Facebook Blocks Posts in Thailand

Governance, Internet, social media, Technology
For many people, Facebook is the internet however others who rely on the social network for news and views may not be aware that Facebook isn’t immune to internet censorship itself. Mashable reports that Facebook is geo-censoring posts that may be deemed inappropriate by the Thai government. Facebook confirmed to Mashable that it does work with governments to remove posts and is doing all it can to stay within the confines of local law. Tech Crunch reports that Thailand’s lèse-majesté law prevents criticism of the country’s royal family, and it looks like it is being used to suppress postings from a number of high-profile users who are writing about the transition to a new king, including journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall whose 2014 book on the Thai royal family was banned
Workplace gender diversity: Male allies can support women in technology

Workplace gender diversity: Male allies can support women in technology

Technology, Women
Technology, gender diversity benefits businesses in several ways, including better financial performance and superior team dynamics and productivity in gender-balanced companies. when it comes to gender equality in the technology world, nations haven’t come very far. Having a woman in tech and a man who is actively working to be a better ally is very essential to making progress. Studies report that gender-diverse technology organizations and departments produce work teams that stay on schedule and under budget and demonstrate improved employee performance. According to tech Crunch, Women in tech face some tough odds. A recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission survey of some of the top US tech companies found that on average, just 18 percent hold leadership positions, an