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Update Chrome now to patch serious bugs found

There is no such thing as a bug-free piece of software. The mighty Google Chrome is no exception. That’s why there are constant updates being released for the browser. The latest Chrome update patches 11 vulnerabilities that were discovered. All eleven were rated high-severity and two of those eleven were zero-day vulnerabilities. So, you need […]

Are you sure you’re not vulnerable if your phone is stolen?

I was overcome with sympathy when I heard that Kaitano Tembo’s phone was stolen. I’ve had a phone stolen before, how I loved that Galaxy S (1). However, my thief was not as cruel as Tembo’s. The thieves that stole his phone have been soliciting money from his contacts. They have been sending messages posing […]

Video: This might be the cheapest smart home alarm system you can buy

The Wifi Smart security kit is a do it yourself home security system that has some great features. It’s modular allowing you to add more sensors over time. All the components are wireless so you get ultimate freedom when positioning them and also no unsightly wires. You can even link it up with a smart […]

Local Journalist Alleges Government Can Track WhatsApp Messages

I recently saw a tweet by local journalist Hopewell Chin’ono urging security-conscious people to uninstall WhatsApp since the government can track WhatsApp messages. How true is it? Well, the security of WhatsApp has always been called into question despite the fact that WhatsApp has had end-to-end encryption for nearly half a decade now. Whilst the […]

Breaking: YouTube Channel Hosting Wadiwa Wepa Moyo Show HACKED, Videos Wiped

College Central the film and TV company responsible for Wadiwa Wepamoyo hit show just tweeted that their YouTube channel has been hacked. Whoever is behind the hack decided to delete all of College Central’s 30+ videos and rename the channel to Dave Ramsey Live. In addition to deleting the videos, this hacker is denying College […]

Local Companies, Stop Sharing Sensitive Info When You Announce Covid-19 Response Measures!

Over the past few days, we’ve bombarded you (our readers) with announcements from a number of local companies announcing that they would be shutting their doors and would, in turn, be available via their phones and on social media platforms. Most of these companies have distributed these emails to a number of media houses have […]

Google Chrome Will Block Insecure Downloads In The Near Future

The browser that most of us use on a daily basis – Google Chrome is taking strides in becoming more secure. Chrome’s security team is introducing a feature that will “gradually ensure that secure (HTTPS) pages only download secure files.” Insecure downloads can be the source of malware and other cyber attacks so its no […]

Here’s How Homomorphic Encryption Will Bring A Revolution In Computer Security

Encryption has many states. There’s encryption for data in transit which is typically encrypted using protocols such as HTTPS, SSL, TLS, FTPS. Data at rest – which is “data that is temporarily held in computer memory“. Traditional encryption methods can secure data in transit and data at rest but data in use -data being processed, […]

Apple’s iOS 13.3 Allows Parents To Limit Who Their Kids Can Text & Call

Apple’s newly released iOS 13.3 has built-in parental controls giving parents the ability to limit who their children can call, text and facetime (video call). Parents can also manage their children’s contact list. Parents can also apply a different set of limitations on calls and messaging during the child’s permitted screen time and their downtime […]

Google Researchers Claim To Have Found Security Flaw In iPhones

Google’s security researchers claim to have found an exploit which exposes iPhone users who visit malicious websites to hackers. Earlier this year Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) discovered a small collection of hacked websites. The hacked sites were being used in indiscriminate watering hole attacks against their visitors, using iPhone 0-day.   There was no target […]

Infographic: How Safe Is Your Online Data?

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Google Play Store Security Concerns Continue With Recent Study Of 2000+ Copycat Apps

Android has had security concerns for a pretty long time now. It’s one of the few arguments that Android fans can’t really dispute when arguing with Apple fans. It seems those issues aren’t going anywhere anytime soon as a recent study found over 2000 applications that they termed as dangerous on the official Google Play […]

Google’s RCS Will Make SMSs on Android More Like WhatsApp & iMessage

Google recently decided that they will be rolling out their RCS messaging standard on Android devices (not made by Samsung). RCS stands for Rich Communication Services and it makes your text messaging experience much more similar to what you get when using WhatsApp. That’s a pretty big deal but up until now we hadn’t covered […]

Tor Privacy Browser Makes It’s Way To Android

If you know anything about the TOR browser; you’ll know that it’s one of the most if not the most secure browsing experiences you can have. This is why it’s used by many people to access the dark web (which has made the browser a bit infamous). If you have no intentions to access the […]

Telegram Founder: WhatsApp Will Never Be Secure

Hey, you! Remember Telegram? That app we all used for a day or two when WhatsApp and the most popular social media sites were blocked by the government earlier this year. Well, the founder of Telegram Pavel Durov has cautioned WhatsApp users that the platform will never really be secure. The warning comes in the […]

A New Wave of Attacks Targeting Financial Services & Online Services In Africa

During Kaspersky Lab’s annual Cyber Security Weekend that took place in Cape Town, Kaspersky Lab experts discussed the widespread growth of mobile payments across the globe and the many cyber risks that surround such technology. Especially the recent SIM swap fraud wave, which has become very common in Africa and the wider region. In South […]

Card Cloning Epidemic Continues As Cloning Crew Steals $69 000

By going cashless the government was supposed to end the gruelling queues and demand for cash and make it easier to transact. What’s happened in reality isn’t that simple. Transacting has gotten prohibitively expensive and card cloning has become an issue that authorities have simply failed to deal with. Rarely does a month goes by […]

When You Install A Local Banking App, What Data Are You Giving Away?

If you have tried your hand at internet banking – using the banking apps specifically- you’ve probably had a convenient experience thus far. It’s certainly better than what you get using USSD anyway. But what do these banks ask for in return? Most of us (myself included) download an app and quickly allow the app […]

Econet Agent Asked My Colleague For Email Password Over The Phone, Not Cool!

So my colleague just got a call from a person who said they were calling from Econet. The conversation went like this: Econet Person (EP): Hello, my name is X I am calling you from Econet. My Colleague (MC): Hello, how can I help you? EP: We have noticed you downloaded Vaya but you have […]

Here’s A List Of Apps That Are Tracking You Even When They Don’t Have Permission

If you use an Android device you’ll notice that when you install applications there’s a set of permissions that you grant these apps. These permissions need to be checked closely because they could result in data breaches and unlawful sharing of user data without user consent. Unfortunately, there are some apps that will continue sharing […]

Cryptominers Were More Lethal Than Ransomware In 2018

I’m sure we can all agree that 2018 was the year of the cryptocurrency. The virtual currencies newfound popularity even stretched to our own shores with the RBZ eventually pouring cold water (or is it jecha) on that movement. Anyway, this popularity is exactly what made Cryptomining one of the most ideal ways to carry […]

Video: Here’s How You Can Notice An ATM Machine That’s Been Tampered With By Fraudsters

We’ve been complaining about card cloning for a while now and since our police force is not exactly prepared to deal with the crime, you’re pretty much on your own when it comes to protecting yourself against card cloning and most other cyber crimes. Thankfully we came across this video that shows a skimming machine […]

FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug Dents Apple’s Reputation As The Protector Of User Privacy

FaceTime is one of the many pride and joys of iPhone users and along with applications such as iMessage, this has been touted as one of the many reasons why you should own an Apple device over Android. Unfortunately, a recently discovered bug makes using the voice and video calling platform a privacy nightmare… The […]

Every Day Security Threats To Avoid Online

When it comes to online security, things can feel like a bit of a minefield. Developments in technology have seen the wider population’s preferences move from bulky desktop computers and landline telephones to tablets, smartphones and netbooks in the space of a couple of decades – bringing an incredible level of convenience, and access to […]

Is Banking From Your Smartphone Really Safe?

Online banking is one of the great conveniences of modern life. Logging on from a PC, smartphone or tablet, most of us can get instant access to our bank accounts in order to see at a glance how our finances are looking and to arrange transactions at the click of a button. No more waiting […]

There Have Been 154 Cases Of Card Cloning In Zimbabwe So Far In 2018

Card cloning has slowly become a phenomenon for most of 2018. The cyber-crimes are on a rise and because the public was never prepared to actually safeguard themselves criminals are making a killing. The Zimbabwe Information and Communication Technologies (ZICT) has said in 2018 there have been 154 cases of bank card cloning reported. The […]

PresidentMnangagwa Promises A New Cyber Security Bill, We’ve Heard This Before…

President Mnangagwa gave his State Of the Nation Address yesterday and though there wasn’t much mentioned about tech and the ICT industry one of the more interesting bits came when the President talked about cybersecurity. Mnangagwa hinted at the work that was being done on a total of three separate bills: To mitigate the security […]

Apparently, WhatsApp Messages Can Be Intercepted And Altered Due To A Security Flaw

WhatsApp cannot seem to catch a break! With the Indian government breathing down their necks because of recent events involving fake news it is now being reported that due to a security flaw Whatsapp messages can be intercepted and altered. Encryption is not enough? This flaw was uncovered by Check Point Research –a research firm that […]

In Case Someone Tampers With The Internet, Here’s What You Need To Do To Ensure You Stay Online

Riots have erupted in the CBD in Harare as it seems there is a section of citizen who are not entirely happy with the results of the 2018 Elections. After being at the Command Centre (HICC) around midday it’s clear there is a lot of unrest. There was a small crowd gathering in protest at […]

Deputy Finance Minister Bemoans Government Officials Use Of Private Emails

The Finance and Economic Development deputy minister, Terrence Mukupe has expressed his disappointment in state officials using private email accounts for government related activities. Mukupe noted that this was an anomaly compared to New York (where he worked previously), and he said one could actually get fired for using a personal email to address work-related […]