South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Professor Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize, has urged the people to be aware of online risks as cyber attacks are on the increase and people need to be educated about the risks of being online.
People are now accustomed to online banking, buying items from Internet retailers and are active participants in the social media arena. However, all these are Internet platforms and are prone to cyber attacks where hackers can access personal information of individuals and exploit this for personal gain.
They include banking fraud where people get access to accounts and withdraw large sums of money, Mkhize told the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). She added that the the Internet was also used in human trafficking where people are promised jobs and end up being victims.
Highlighting the importance of parents playing a larger role when having their kids connected, she said that parents needed to be aware of what their children were up to online. “Be your child’s friend online, know what they are up to. This will help you know who your child is communicating with.”
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK