Six-Year-Old Meets Cybersecurity

Last week my six-year-old son was introduced to cybersecurity principles and practices. Okay, it was not really his first interaction. What happened was that I came into the sitting room and found him crying. “What’s wrong?” I asked. “I have forgotten the password of my tablet,” he said. He had put a new passcode the…

Nairobi Land Rates II

I wrote a few months back about the hassle of trying to pay land rates in Nairobi. It turns out the problems are more than I realised at the time. Apparently, there are at least two systems by which you can pay land rates – via M-Pesa (mobile money) as shown on the county payment…

Ransomware Demanding Acts Of Kindness

Ransomware, as discussed in an earlier post, is software that captures or makes unavailable your information or systems, until payment is made. Cloudsek.com reports that there is ransomware named GoodWill that encrypts data and systems, but instead of demanding payment to the attackers, demands that the victims perform acts of kindness, in order to get…

What Is 2FA Or MFA?

What is two-factor authentication? What is two-factor authentication (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA)? This is what we will briefly define today. What is authentication? Let us start with the last bit. Authentication is the process of proving that something is true or valid. In our context of information security, it is the process of confirming…

Paying Nairobi Land Rates

Towards the end of last month, October 2021, I needed to pay land rates for some property in Nairobi. Previously, I have been able to do this by logging in to a Nairobi City Council web portal, entering the property identifier and seeing the amount due, then paying via M-Pesa, all quite easily. However, after…

Lessons From The Recent Facebook Outage

Information security is primarily about protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information, and by extension, that of information systems. On October 4th 2021, Facebook and its services such as Instagram and WhatsApp were globally unavailable for about six hours. No one was able to access or use the services for that time and even…

What Is Ransomware?

What Is Ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malware (malicious software) that is used to encrypt or scramble files on a computer system, thus making the system unusable, after which the attacker demands payment (ransom) in exchange for enabling the victim to decrypt and regain access to the files. Instructions are normally given that the…

You Should Consider Using A Password Manager

The Situation We use passwords on many different websites in modern life. You probably have several different accounts that you log in to using a username and password. For example, you may have: A Gmail address A Yahoo (or even Hotmail!) address, especially if you are of a certain age group 🙂 A work or…