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Never Lose Money Again: Checkout Eight Rules For Safe Digital Banking



Since payment alternatives such as Unified Payment Interface, e-wallets and USSD-based mobile banking through different platforms are directly or indirectly linked to the user’s bank account, one needs to be extra careful to keep hackers at bay, according to the Chief Executive Officer of BankBazaar, Adhil Shetty.

Several countries of the world have seen a big financial data security breach compromising ATM pins of millions of debit cardholders.

With the advancement of technology, the ease of banking, from checking balance to transferring funds, using smartphones or tablets has driven people to go online more than ever, according to

According to Reserve Bank of India data, 85 per cent of all reported transactions at banks between 2015 and 2016 were through the Internet in terms of volume. In 2014-15, the figure stood at 75 per cent.

And, now that the wind is blowing towards going completely cashless, people are increasingly exploring payment alternatives such as UPI, e-wallets and USSD – based mobile banking through different platforms, which are directly or indirectly linked to the user’s bank account.

While you enjoy this newly-acquired convenience, there is a need to remember that cyber security is something that must be considered at every step we take online.

Here are some of the steps you could take to ensure your financial data is safe, according to

Create strong password & PIN, change them frequently

A PIN which is easily guessable is capable of turning your account dry, so avoid using your date of birth, wedding anniversary, birth date of children etc as PIN for your debit/credit cards.

While setting passwords, long combinations of alphabets, numbers, and alphanumeric and special characters with mixed casing are advisable.

Words that can’t be found in dictionaries or that are deliberately misspelt can potentially be stronger passwords. You must memorise a strong password which is unique in nature and can’t be guessed by anyone.

Avoid writing down your password and PIN anywhere except a secure location. This would prevent this information from being shared and leaked. While using your debit card at ATMs or at stores, beware of shoulder surfing in order to safeguard your financial details from getting stolen.

Enable two-factor authentication

While the Central Bank of Nigeria has mandated two-factor authentication, the global card industry has also adopted 3-D secure methodology enabling bank customers to register their smartphone for authentication.

So, each time you try to make a transaction using your cards, you receive a text with a one-time security password which needs to be keyed in to prevent misuse of identity.

If you receive any such texts or notifications without your trying to log in, you must immediately notify the bank.

Be careful of places you use your card

Scammers can steal your card data through skimmers on bugged ATMs and point-of-sale machines.

As the process only takes a few seconds, it often goes unnoticed by the card-holder. Make sure you use your cards at secure ATMs and shopping outlets only.

When transacting with your card, always be aware of where the card is. Nigerian banks have upgraded all cards to chipped cards.

This gives the Nigerian cardholders some form of security. The old cards, which only have a magnetic strip at the back, can easily be duplicated through unauthorised swipes. Once duplicated, they can be used to carry out illegal transactions.

Beware of malware; use the latest software and anti-virus

Considering that you are in an era wherein all your financial information is stored on your computer, phone or tablet, you have to be careful about the websites you visit and download from.

Before you click on any link that pops up on your device, make sure it is an authentic one, because if you unknowingly download or install a malware link, it could potentially spy on you and steal your personal data.

In order to stay away from such risks, download items from legitimate websites and app market places only. Make sure you’re using the most up-to-date operating system since this would protect you from digital vulnerabilities.

Also employ the most up-to-date anti-virus, anti-malware and anti-spyware program. This would keep your data safe from infections and security threats.

If you’re logging on to your bank from a public computer, use the virtual keyboard in order to thwart keyloggers that may be used on public computers to steal keyboard inputs for logins and passwords.

Be careful which apps you install

E-wallets are tapping into the growing demand for alternative modes of payment. The well-known apps have strong security features. But beware of the ones that don’t. So before you pick your e-wallet or any financial app go to the app store, check its reviews and ratings, and be assured that it’s a genuine app.

Don’t decide to install an app simply based on the offers and discounts it is providing. Security features matter: e-wallets may store your credit or debit card details on your account. This data could be compromised in case of a security breach.

Use passwords to protect apps

Loading your e-wallet requires you to input passwords and authenticate transactions. While such actions may be protected by two-factor authentications, spending from your e-wallet may not have such checks and balances.

Payments happen instantly, and often without checks and balances. Once a payment has been completed, it can’t be reversed.

Should your unlocked phone with a loaded e-wallet land in the wrong hands, you could lose your money quickly. It may be wise to use password protection for your phone as well as for your apps. You can download and install app locks to prevent misuse.

Wipe data if phone gets stolen

In this age, losing your phone is like losing your wallet – you could lose a lot of money through your apps.

While chasing the thief can be one way of getting it back, remotely wiping off the data on your phone can help prevent monetary and data loss.

Both Android as well as Apple devices let you do this. However, your phone would have to be connected to the Internet for this to happen.

The right way to dispose of documents

If you think documents containing your personal or financial details need protection only when they are in use, you are not doing enough to ensure financial safety.

Your old bank statements, credit card bills and insurance premium details carry a good deal of sensitive information and can pose a threat to your financial data security, if they land in wrong hands. Your identity can be easily compromised from an old piece of paper lying in a paper bin. Make sure you shred such documents once you are done using them.

Final note

There are several security tips that can keep your online banking safe

Innocent people who fall foul of Internet bank account fraudsters can expect to be reimbursed if they have taken reasonable steps to keep their account safe. However, it’s far easier to try and keep your account as secure as possible in the first place, rather than trying to retrieve your money later.

If you follow these tips for online security, you’ll stand a better chance of keeping your funds safe, according to

Sites such as Facebook and Twitter mean our lives are more open to public scrutiny than ever before, so think twice before using personal details as passwords and consider whether someone may be able to guess a security question from your social media musings.

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‘We counted 15 dead bodies’ – DJ Switch breaks silence on Lekki shooting (video)



'We counted 15 dead bodies' – DJ Switch breaks her silence on Lekki shooting (video)


Popular Nigerian DJ, Switch, has opened up on what happened in Lekki on Tuesday night.

Known as Obianuju Catherine Udeh, Switch said she counted 15 dead bodies during the shoot-out.




In a video she posted on her Instagram page, Switch asked the authorities not to insult the intelligence of Nigerians when giving their own account of what happened on that day.

According to her, the military aimed at endsars protesters as they fired gunshots. She also said that SARS officers came in after the military had left and also attacked them.

According to Switch she and others present counted over 15 bodies.

‘‘I just want to clear a few things that I have been seeing online. To our leaders, I urge you please do not minimize the suffering of families. Do not insult the grief of Nigerians, do not insult the intelligence of Nigerians. Do not insult the pains the families are facing.

People were falling left and right. Yes there were soldiers there. Another part that people are not talking about is that the police also came. The SARS people we are talking about, they also came, some maybe 40-45 minutes after the soldiers left.

We were teargassed. The teargass was like Cotonou pepper mixed with acid. We were running. We would run and we would come back and the only thing we fought with was our flags. We would sit on the floor and we would raise or hands up, raising our flags and singing the national anthem. That was all we had.

They put off the lights. Even if there was no power in that axis, there was always light at the tollgate. There was no lights. The street lights were off. It was pitch black.” she said

Speaking further, she said

”A boy jumped on me and was shouting cover her, cover her. I didn’t even understand why he did that. They shot that boy on my back. I fell and while the soldiers were picking their shells, we were running around and picking their shells too because we wanted proof.”

She showed photos of bullet shells picked from the ground. She showed the one that was fired close to her ears and the one that was removed from someone’s lap.

The military, they were there on Nigerian soil, killing Nigerian citizens. The police and their SARS like people came doing the same thing, aiming and shooting. They were pointing the gun at us and shooting live bullets. Who takes live bullets to a protest?

To our leaders, I urge you to please not insult the intelligence of Nigerians and the families.”

DJ Switch expressed regrets that she and others allowed the military to take the bodies of the deceased persons.

”Something I think of in hindsight I wish we hadn’t done it but we carried dead bodies and dropped at the feet of the soldiers so that they could see what they did to us. When I asked their unit commander why are you killing us? I wish we didn’t do that because they ended up throwing the bodies in their van. This was up until the next morning.” she said

She dissociated herself from the social media accounts claiming she said 78 persons died. She said she and others counted 15 dead bodies.

”I never said 78 people died. What I do know is that when I was doing the live, 7 people had died. When my phone died, we had counted about 15 people. I don’t know if it was more than that. We had a lot of people stray bullet wound, gunshot wounds, and all that.

People did die. It wasn’t photoshopped. I must be a tech genius to photoshop a live feed.” she said

She dismissed reports that her cousin died in the incident.

Thanking everyone for their prayers and support, DJ Switch said

”We must continue to move. We must continue. If we stop I fear it will probably be the next 60 years before we talk about this again. We must continue peacefully. I condemn any sort of violence. I condemn the burning of buses and peoples livelihood. ”

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Nigeria still needs SARS, Zamfara gov, Matawalle insists



Nigeria still needs SARS, Zamfara gov, Matawalle insists

Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle says that the recently dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit was important and useful in the state.Nigeria still needs SARS, Zamfara gov, Matawalle insists

The Governor who made this known while fielding questions from newsmen, called for the deployment of officials of the disbanded police unit to Zamfara.

Matawalle said;

“We have recorded tremendous development in the area of peace building the Zamfara state with the commitment and professional contribution and support of the FSARS of the Nigeria Police.

“I will personally seek audience with Mr President on this issue. We need the FSARS or its equivalent in Zamfara state because we have seen their positive impact in spite their alleged excesses.”

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If End SARS protest doesn’t work then it might be over for Nigerian youths – Burna Boy



If End SARS protest doesn’t work then it might be over for Nigerian youths – Burna Boy

If End SARS protest doesn’t work then it might be over for Nigerian youths – Burna Boy

Popular music entertainer, Burna Boy has stated that if the recent end SARS protest by Nigerian youths doesn’t yield any positive result, then the future holds nothing for the teeming youths in the country.

The ‘On the low’ crooner stated this in an interview with foreign media, Sky News.

The interview comes two weeks after protests began, sparked by a video showing a man being beaten, apparently by police officers from SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad).

Burna Boy, who spoke to Sky News from London, said: “It is shocking when you see it happen in that place, in such a place, that was the landmark of everything.

The Lekki Toll Gate, that was the most peaceful place to protest, the most peaceful venue in the whole country and then that is the place where [the shootings] happen. It is not something that you can just wrap your head around.”

The best-selling Afrobeats artist, who has mixed rap, funk and dancehall influences on international hits like On The Low and Ye, said nationwide protests against SARS have changed the nature of politics in his homeland.

This is the most important moment in Nigeria’s history… that is what we are witnessing right now because if nothing changes after this, if this doesn’t work, then it is over.”

When asked what he meant by this, he replied: “Look at what is going on right now: the youth have come together, like something unexplainable (sic), something that no one man could have possibly organised or led, the youth of the largest black nation in the world came together, said enough is enough and this was triggered by police brutality.

“It’s not like it was triggered by all the other things that it should have been triggered by all these years.”

Sky News

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