Facebook pledges safety, security to Nigeria users

November 4, 2016 9:59 am1 commentViews: 21
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LAGOS, (CAJ News) – FACEBOOK has assured Nigerians of their safety online and making the internet more secure.

Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer at Facebook, gave the assurance in Lagos where he delivered the keynote address at the CyberXchange security
conference.

Security industry professionals, researchers and students gathered to discuss solutions to cybersecurity challenges in Nigeria and around the world.

Stamos explained that Facebook built security protections to help keep people safe even under non-ideal circumstances that security professionals often overlook—such as weak password usage or running out-of-date devices.

Facebook performs automated checks to help detect suspicious logins to protect people’s accounts, and they ship their own cryptography with their mobile app to make people more secure on those devices.

Stamos also stressed the importance of consumer awareness around safety and security to protect people’s information and help them feel comfortable being themselves online.

Nigeria officially recognized National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October, underscoring the need to educate the public about how to protect themselves.

“People come to Facebook to share important and personal moments in their lives. That’s why we build our services and tools to help people remain in control and protect their accounts. We always have to consider the situations in which our technology will be used so that we can offer people the best security and safety for what they need,” said Stamos.

he said this focus on awareness was at the heart of Facebook’s newly redesigned Safety Centre, an engaging resource to help people get the information they need about controlling their information and staying safe.

Stamos’ visit came two months after Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, traveled to Kenya and Nigeria to meet developers, partners and entrepreneurs.
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