The privacy month is celebrated every year, throughout the month of January by the Mozilla Community and collaboration from all other Mozilla communities as well. The campaign is observed as part of the International Data Privacy Day which falls on the 27th of January of every year.
Coastech Empowerment Community was able to conduct a half-day event/training at KCNP (Kenya Coast National Polytechnic) which aimed at educating students about online privacy and threats unknown to their online life.
The event kicked-off by an introduction of Coastech Empowerment Community (CTEC) by Shehnaz Abubakar and later introduced the first speaker Pauline Odhiambo who took the attendees through easy tips on privacy and security.
She shared some tips on how one can protect his/her browsing history from trackers and scammers.
Later on,Salim Ali Salim educated the crowd on how one can create and maintain strong passwords online.
He went further on demonstrating light demos about weak,strong and commonly used passwords and also gave valid reasons as to why it is important for people to secure their data with passwords. He also shared the below link with the attendees meant to gauge how strong one’s password is http://www.passwordmeter.com/
An ice breaker (Memory game) was then carried out by Pauline Odhiambo afterwhich she proceeded to talk about Ethical Hacking.
Attendees were able to learn basic techniques on how to prevent hacks, especially on phishing emails, pirated softwares, and unencrypted websites.
Finally Mukhtar Salim introduced the below tools:-
● Light beam – is a Firefox add-on that enables you to see the first and third party sites you interact with on the Web. Using interactive visualizations, Lightbeam enables you to see the first and third party sites you interact with on the Web.
● HTTPs everywhere – is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.
● Web of Trust – WOT creates a secure browsing environment, showing website security icons next to every URL & reputation alerts for unsafe websites
● ProtonMail – is an end-to-end encrypted email service founded in 2014 at the CERN research facility by Andy Yen, Jason Stockman, and Wei Sun.
● DeepSound – is a steganography tool and audio converter that hides secret data into audio files. The application also enables you to extract secret files directly from audio files or audio CD tracks. DeepSound might be used as copyright marking software for wave, flac, wma, ape, and audio CD.
Each individual had a chance to install and interact to see how each tool works.
Then there was an open forum where facilitators got to pose questions to the crowd and presents awarded for those who got them right.During the same session the attendees were given a chance to ask questions and give their comments and opinions of the event.
Here are some of the questions asked:
- What does it take for one to be a white hacker ?
- How can one know if he/she has been hacked ?
- Can one’s webcam be hacked ?
And many more…
The event concluded with a networking session where people got to interact, share ideas and knowledge.