nternet and social media platforms are good means of communication in today’s society, and they were invented for a variety of reasons, including making friends, developing good relationships, business development, and obtaining useful information that can add wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to human life, among others.
However, because the benefit is now being exploited and deployed negatively, the situation has flipped. The internet and social media networks, which were designed to bring joy, are now being exploited to bring grief, ruin, and death.
We must be aware that in today’s technological age, users of the internet and social media networks are unable to distinguish between the wheat and the chaff. Internet fraudsters can now upload innocent people’s photos to the internet, impersonate them, and use their photos to perpetrate online crimes. Some fraudsters specialize in hacking into unsuspecting victims’ phone lines, emails, or social media accounts and using their identities to commit fraud.
It is tragic that human life, which was created by God for the flourishing of his grace, is now subjected to different online threats on a daily basis, resulting in financial losses, depression, shattered homes, suicidal ideation in many victims, and so on.
The most prevalent types of fraud complaints last year, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) “Consumer Sentinel Data Book,” were impostor scams, debt collection, and identity theft instances — more than 167,000 consumers claimed a bogus credit card account was opened with their information.
However, in today’s digital age, the following safety recommendations can help us successfully check and avoid the dangers associated with internet and social media network usage:
Users of the internet and social media networks should constantly ask sensitive and technical questions of anybody they are chatting with in order to obtain information that will assist them in distinguishing between genuine friends and online scammers.
Users should also refrain from sharing personal or sensitive information with strangers on social media.
Parents, on the other hand, should raise their children in a godly manner and always uphold good deeds above materialistic possession. Also, parenting is simply doing what and how you want your child to act and behave in the society and not saying or instructing a child on how to behave and you as the parent is seen doing otherwise. Simply put, lead by example by becoming a good role model for your children. So say what and how you want your child to act and do likewise.
Users of the internet should also be wary of any offer that looks mouthwatering to be true. Abstain from Ponzi schemes otherwise known as Pyramid schemes that promises to quadruple your investment in a day or two, or within a week or month. It is easy to read between the lines that such an investment online exist in your dreams and infatuations.
Governments and non-governmental groups must always organize cybercrime awareness and prevention campaigns. The need to sensitize the public on the new wave of frauds and cybercrimes and attacks by the local authority, civil society and stakeholders alike cannot be overemphasized. Every now and then, these so-called con artists, fraudsters, cybercriminals and so on, always keep themselves abreast of the latest cybersecurity measures in place, and one way or another (by hook or crook, or by an inside collaborator within the security sphere) they always seems to breach the measures. So, the agencies responsible for sanity within the cyberspace must always be up and doing, be on guard, on their toes 24 hours of the day and 7 days a week without losing sleep, so as to making sure that they are not beaten to the game. They must endeavor to send out new security updates daily, weekly, monthly, or as the need arises.
When cybercrime incidents are reported, the police, the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission), and other relevant authorities should establish a close working connection with Internet Service Providers, telecom firms, and cyber café operators to assist their investigations.
Religious and non-governmental organizations must also continue to create programs that assist youths in discovering their God-given gifts, particularly when they are young.
Finally, a measure should be passed into law mandating that Moral Education be included in the list of disciplines and courses offered at primary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions.