SIBF 2020 social media workshop offers key tips on safe e-browsing

Cybersecurity company expert gives valuable advice on what not to do online at  Sharjah International Book Fair 2020 online session

09:42 PM | 4 Nov, 2020
SIBF 2020 social media workshop offers key tips on safe e-browsing
SIBF 2020 social media workshop offers key tips on safe e-browsing
SIBF 2020 social media workshop offers key tips on safe e-browsing
SIBF 2020 social media workshop offers key tips on safe e-browsing

SHARJAH – Ahmed Abdelghani, Senior Social Media Manager of Kaspersky Middle East, narrated an incident that occurred in 2018 when a top executive of a multinational company was befriended online by Mia Ash,a 30-year-old British woman with two art school degrees, a successful photography career, more than 500 friends on Facebook, and as many on LinkedIn. 

Speaking at a social media session titled ‘E-safety’ held on the inaugural day of the Sharjah International Book Fair 2020 on Wednesday, on the ‘Sharjah Reads’ virtual platform, Abdelghani said: “She not only managed to convince the executive about her abilities, but also managed to infiltrate his company’s computer network by getting him to download an malware-infected Excel file on his office computer, and caused it huge losses,” he said. “Upon investigation it turned out that Mia Ash wasan elaborate creation of professional hackers who targeted dozens of organisations around the Middle East in a years-long campaign of data theft and blackmail.”

To avoid such an eventuality, Abdelghani went on to set out nine simple rules to follow to avoid getting into trouble online.

Limit use of personal information online

“You would not hand purely personal information out to strangers individually so do not hand it out to millions of people online either,” advised Abdelghani. “Potential employers or customers do not need your personal relationship status or your home address, so just stick to professional details.” 

Keep your privacy settings on

Marketers as well as hackers can learn a lot from your browsing and social media usage. “So, take charge of your information,” said Abdelghani. “Both, web browsers and mobile operating systems have settings to protect you online. They might be hard to find because companies want your personal information for marketing, but make sure you enableall safeguards and keep them on.”

Practice safe browsing

Abdelghani advised against visiting unreliable websites. “Cybercriminals create these traps as they know people may let their guard down when something attracts them. One careless click could expose personal data or infect your device with malware.”

Use a secure internet connection

“When you go online using a public Wi-Fi connection, you have no direct control over its security. Make sure your device is secure, and when in doubt, wait for a secure connection before providing information such as your bank account number,” said Abdelghani.

Be mindful of what you download

Cybercriminals trick you into downloading programmes or apps that carry malware or try to steal information. Abdelghani advised against downloading apps that look suspicious or come from a site you do not trust.

Create strong passwords

“Select strong passwords at least 15 characters long, mixing letters, numbers, and special characters to deter cybercriminals,” he continued, adding: “a password manager software can help you to manage multiple passwords so that you do not forget them.”

Online purchases 

Make online purchases only from sites that provide secure, encrypted connections. Make sure the address starts with https:  rather than simply http: They may also be marked by a padlock icon next to the address bar.

Mind what you post

Any comment or image posted online may stay online forever because deleting the original post does not remove any copies that other people may have made. Do not post anything online that you would not want your family or a prospective employer to see, warned Abdelghani.

Antivirus software

While an internet security software cannot protect against every threat, it will detect and remove most malware, so make sure it is up to date, Abdelghani concluded.

Organised by Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), SIBF 2020 concludes on November 14. Being held under the theme, ‘The World Reads from Sharjah’, the 39thedition has adopted a fully digital format to host its cultural and social media programme of 64 unique events, which are being streamed on SBA’s virtual platform over the 11 days of the fair. Register for upcoming discussions at  

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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