The Nigerian Communications Commission has harped on the need for telecoms consumers across the country to be more conscious of the threats in the cyberspace when carrying out financial transactions or any other activity online, urging them to use strong and secure passwords for Internet-based accounts and online transactions.
The commission stated this during the 109th edition of the monthly Consumer Outreach Programme held recently in Osogbo, Osun State, which focused on how the telecoms consumers could mitigate effects of cybercrime.
“The use of strong and secure passwords for online transactions would make it difficult for cybercriminals to hack into online accounts of Internet users and we encourage Telecoms users to be wary of the various antics of cybercriminals,” the Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, NCC, Felicia Onwuegbuchulam, said
Represented by the Deputy-Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, NCC, Jerry Ugwu, stated that the commission had embarked on various initiatives for Nigerians to have increased access to broadband for positive engagements.
She said that the commission was also aware of the wrong use of such access for negative purposes by some individuals.
It is based on this realisation that the commission has devoted some of its outreach programme to sensitising telecoms consumers on dangers of cybercrime as well as the obligation of the consumers in online protection.
According to Onwuegbuchulam, NCC will continue to engage telecoms consumers on the effects of cybercrime through enlightenment and awareness programmes such as the COP.
The director of Consumer Affairs said that consumers who engaged in online protection must take NCC programmes and outreach seriously because of the learning opportunities offered for learning.
Also at the forum, the Head, Information and Reference, Consumer Affairs Bureau, NCC, Ismail Adedigba, said that as the demand for data services and Internet activities increased, with most services, especially commerce and other banking activities, going online, Internet users had become targets for hackers.
To this end, he said the commission had considered it necessary “to commit resources into continuously educating telecoms consumers on the dangers and forms of cybercrimes as well as empower them with the knowledge they need to discern and identify cybercrime antics in their various guises.”