Firm in­tro­duces app to curb cy­ber­crime

The Punch - - INFORMATIO­N TECHNOLOGY -

in a bid to cur­tail the me­nace of cy­bertheft in nige­ria and Africa, a mo­bile app, known as ‘Bizshield Africa App’, has been launched into the nige­rian mo­bile in­dus­try.

A state­ment by the app pro­ducer said it would pro­tect busi­nesses from in­ter­net fraud­sters and spur growth.

Al­ready, it said the mo­bile app prelaunch had been held in La­gos.

The founder, Bizshield African App, Mrs Temi­tope Ak­in­tunde, said that the ap­pli­ca­tion was de­vel­oped

to op­ti­mally solve prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with daily run­ning of busi­nesses in Africa.

She added that the na­tion re­mained an ac­tive player in mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion in­dus­try.

She said, “Bizshield Africa’s App is an in­no­va­tive app de­signed for daily on­line run­ning of busi­nesses in Africa, a com­bi­na­tion of so­cial me­dia plat­form and global ecom­merce site that is user­friendly for all busi­nesses and ser­vices to track down fraud­sters’ ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Ak­in­tunde also noted,

“Sta­tis­tics show mo­bile phone users grew to over 789.2m in 2019, a num­ber that rep­re­sent nine per cent of the world’s global in­ter­net busi­ness, hence, the need to cur­tail cy­ber­crime fraud­sters has be­come per­ti­nent.”

She said Bizshield Africa app, planned for for­mal launch in March next year, was de­vel­oped out of a lot of fac­tors, which in­cluded the lack of ad­e­quate ad­verts for small busi­nesses on­line; in­se­cu­rity of on­line busi­nesses; and hack­ing of ac­counts which ham­pered busi­ness deal­ings.

She said, “At least 100 per­sons are get­ting scammed per day around Africa, this fig­ure may seem very small but imag­ine a plat­form like Bizshield where all of this is im­pos­si­ble.”

while speak­ing on the need for ev­ery or­gan­i­sa­tion to sub­scribe to the app, Ak­in­tunde said, “with our four-in-one app, Bizshield Africa will help lots of busi­nesses in Africa es­pe­cially in Nige­ria to flour­ish more on­line.”

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