The Google Country Manager, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, on Thursday advised organisations and internet users to adopt safety measures to guide and protect their businesses online.
Ehimuan-Chiazor gave the advice during the 2016 Cyber Security Awareness Month celebration organised by the US Mission Nigeria, Public Affairs Section in Lagos.
She spoke on the theme: “Thinking Mobile: The Next Cyber Security Frontier.”
Ehimuan-Chiazor said: “The internet has a profound impact on people’s life as it is used to learn new trade, export content and culture.
“As more people come online, there is need for them to think about their security and protection online as hackers also thrive online.
“This calls for organisations to understand the basic online principles of how to secure themselves, their businesses and personal information.”
Ehimuan-Chiazor said there was also the need for internet users to be aware and be trained on the best practices online.
She said this required putting positive things upfront and removing dubious ones from people’s mind.
Ehimuan-Chiazor urged users to adopt some safety measures, which would guide them online such as the use of antivirus and antimalware software that would protect the systems from malware.
She urged users to understand security options available online, be mindful of releasing personal information, not to connect to WiFi networks that were unsafe.
The country manager listed practising safe browsing, usage of the latest version of software in mobile phones and use of encryptions as safe practices.
She said that it was also better for internet users to log on to sites that were safe and could protect their information from hackers.
Ehimuan-Chiazor said users should be cautious of apps and ads that they downloaded into their phones, adding that some of them contained malware that hackers used.
She said: “In Google, encryptions technology is used on products, so any ad transmitted online is locked and can only be unlocked by Google.
“Google also works with credible organisations that have legitimate ads, adding that hackers did not pay for ads and so could not upload any.
“For the ad to be uploaded in Google, it has to make sense, and add value to the end users.”