Whether you call it Digital Security or Digital Self-defense, the term broadly refers to the precautionary measure taken to protect one’s online identity, assets and technology in an online and mobile world. These can include anti-virus software, web services, biometrics and secure personal devices.
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These devices, whether a smart card-based USB token, the SIM card in your cell phone, the secure chip in your contactless payment card or an ePassport will help you secure your identity. In most cases, your safety only depends on how knowledgeable you are when it comes to keeping your information away from dubious characters and hackers.
With the rise in usage of Social Media and online platforms for communication, e-commerce, etc, Digital Security helps protect people from identity theft and fraud – the two can lead to consequences with the state when one’s stolen identity is used in unlawful acts, and loss of money in cases of fraud.
Digital Literacy Initiative will incorporate trainings on how to protect oneself from identity theft and fraud during its activities and campaigns with various target groups. A case in mind is, the rise of the creation of fake Social Media profiles (more notably on Twitter and Facebook with other people’s images, and/misleading names and sharing content that is an incorrect representation of the person or a group of people. Working closely with the relevant stakeholders, and through campaigns educating the masses, we will seek to combat such.
In Uganda, with the rise of Mobile Banking (offered by telecoms and banks), Agent Banking and online shopping, a majority of Ugandans need to be educated on how to protect themselves. If that does not happen, the developments that is greatly increasing financial inclusion will not be fully appreciated in the wake of rampant fraud and identity theft.
Digital Literacy Initiative will continue to work with stakeholders for the common good.
As hinted above, good Digital Security can positively affect communication, travel, e-commerce, work and study. All of these have direct impacts on the economy and people’s day-to-day lives. In essence, any contribution we make in this sector goes a long way in economic growth.