Are you not a Zuckerberg?

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Surfing the internet is like walking in Saifi on a nice afternoon. It’s an amazing walk if you need it to be; you’ll stumble upon a lot of wedding moments, the casual cat appearances, yet most importantly you might walk into some extensively dark alleys. Ever since we caught Mark Zuckerberg with a sticker covering his webcam, we jokingly split the world into Zuckerbergs (those who are aware of the dangers of the internet and take their precautions) and non-Zuckerbergs (those who take it as it is).

With the rate of digital fraud and crime rising around the world, maybe it’s time we all become Zuckerbergs. For the Mark in all of us, here’s how to take our precautions against digital fraud:

Beware of the name game

It’s very easy to trick people into believing anything if you have the right web setup. While surfing the internet, you might stumble upon very legit looking websites with ordered payment options and a friendly user interface. These websites are setup to trick you into false purchases or subscriptions to access your bank account. Even though, might sound like a semi-legit website, shop only from your trusted websites and don’t get too experimental. For more credibility, check for a green HTTPS in the URL.

Keep your card info offline

This is a rule to be applied in your life in general. Saving your card information online makes it easy for digital thieves to leach off your bank account once they get a hold of your information. Some thieves and trojan software might leach unnoticeable amounts over a long span of time or do it all at once. Choosing not to save your card information online will definitely close that door. It will also stop your four-year-old cousin from spending $700 on candy crush at this one family lunch you lent them your phone.

Don’t believe in tooth fairies

By now you probably do not believe in a mystical creature that comes to your house to replace your fallen teeth with dollar bills. In that logic, you should also consider not believing in websites offering free Audi A9’s just by subscribing to their “free trial”. BIG DISCOUNTS ARE BIG RED FLAGS: if it’s too good to exist, then it doesn’t exist- it’s a scheme!

Listen to the internet

Something peculiar in public dating websites is that users report phishing accounts and warn other users in all kinds of ways. This same mentality is shared across the internet. If you have your doubts on a possible fake website, product, or service- you can always google the reviews. If you find alarming reviews or don’t find any at all, take them as a sign of danger.

Jason Bourne it

Another Hollywood hero we should be inspired from. Sometimes you need to treat the internet like you are undercover to avoid anyone stealing your identity. Be sure not to subscribe with any photo where your ID/Passport content is visible- stay under the radar and the enemy will never catch you!


Keep an eye out for your bank SMS’s and find ways to track your expenses. Saradar Bank provides you with a stellar app that shows your expenses in live time and marks their sources. If your screen is flashing with “your card has been accepted for $15 at OGAUBUPRINCE in Nigeria”, you should probably give us a call and revoke the payments (or wait for your Nigerian crown).

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