Best 3 Vape Tips for Newbies

Best 3 Vape Tips for Newbies
Best 3 Vape Tips for Newbies

When people choose to switch to vaping, it’s quite normal to feel different and overwhelmed. It’s normal – but you can learn the technology behind it. In time, you’ll get to learn how it’s done and you won’t need to look up the internet for every little sound that it suddenly makes.

We’ve written this article to give you a push from behind and a few tips that can help you get on your feet, by telling you how to vape safely.

Disassemble your device in the night

We know what you think – it goes completely nowhere, but bare with us for a minute. It’s advisable to remove your atomizer or your vape tank, and you should really do it if it were recently filled with e-liquid. This way, you’ll prevent any leaks and spills, which happen from time to time – it’s normal. However, if the juice comes in contact with the button of the device or with the battery, you might as well say goodbye to your device.

You probably spend a sum of money on your device, so it would be a waste for all of this to happen so quickly after you bought it. So make sure you are cautious and you do this.

Be careful at cracking

They should talk to you about this in time, but some manufacturers just don’t do this. This is not breaking news – not all vape tanks are created equally. This actually means that you’re not going to be able to use some specific juices in some tanks. This happens because there are more plastic tanks that can crack up easily or can warp with some juices. For instance, cinnamon and menthol e-liquids are known to be the culprits of this.

Many starter kits come with a plastic replacement tank in each kit so this problem mainly plagues new vapers that don’t know any better, however if you’re someone that is really craving high quality flavor and don’t want to deal with a potential mess or fused flavors, then a glass tank is the solution. Lucky for you, glass replacement tanks can be found at just about any vape shop or online store that sells vape products.

How to deal with juice maintenance

You get to buy the e-liquids, then vape them, but that’s not where your job is done. You care for your vaping tanks, mods and atomizers, so why not care for your juice, too?

It’s good to remember that you should shake the e-liquid before every use. This way, the PG/VG mixture and the nicotine are mixed as they should be, hence the great quality of the vape.

Also, don’t leave your juice anywhere (or everywhere), because they might get hit by direct sunlight – and that’s not a good thing. If you’ve made the switched recently, you probably still want nicotine as bad as before, and the sunlight will decrease the intensity of the nicotine and will give you an outcome that you did not pay for.




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Top Gigs to Do For the Malawi Unemployed Youth

Regulated Gambling
Regulated Gambling

Malawi like most other African nations is currently faced with a challenge of a high unemployment rate, especially among the youths. While the government is taking massive strides to address this challenge, it will take years before the challenge is completely wiped out. However, while waiting for the government to come up with long-term solutions, there are some things that the youth on their own can do in order to earn an income. Below, we take a look at some of these methods.


The word gambling does have negative connotations especially in some sections of society. However, gambling if done responsibly can be a great way to earn some cash. For those committed, gambling can actually provide a stable income to sustain one’s life. The key to succeeding in gambling is to gamble legitimately i.e. if gambling online, you have to gamble at online sites which are recognized in one’s jurisdiction in this instance Malawi. This stakes casino review shows that the casino allows players from Malawi to gamble legally. Once you choose the desired online casino, the next step is to look for some few funds that will bankroll you during your first gaming sessions. With this settled, you can look for the gambling niche (playing casino games, sports betting or novelty betting) you want to engage in and start your gambling adventure.

Online Trading

Online trading is an adventure that can be done by anyone more so those who have some background knowledge in stocks, cryptocurrencies or economic and political analysis. However, this does not mean if you have no knowledge in such fields you cannot partake in online trading; you will just need to educate yourself first before you start your adventure. Using the internet, you can find everything there is to learn about online trading from beginners’ guides, trading strategies to tips on how to become an elite trader. The beauty of online trading is that it is a lucrative field which has the potential of rewarding traders generously or even turns some in instant millionaires!

Completing Online Tasks

Regardless of the skills you possess, there is someone somewhere who is in need of those skills. The trick, therefore, is to look for the person in need of skills that you have. Thanks to the internet, finding such people is not that difficult. Sites such as Fiverr, Clickworkers, and Figure Eight among others link those with special skills with those in need of special skills.

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Malawi Govt on internet connections improvement to boast tourism

By Alick Junior Sichali
BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi government through the ministry of trade and tourism in collaboration with the ministry of information says they are working together to resolve the problems of internet connections as to improve tourism industry.
Minister of industry, trade and tourism, Henry Mussa, made the remarks on Saturday at the 2018 Blantyre tourism street carnival.
The remarks by the minister follow concerns from tourist in the country saying the country does not have good internet connectivity.
But on Saturday, Mussa said government is aware of the problem and assured Malawians that they will soon start experiencing good internet connectivity.
“We aware of the problem of internet connections that on a number of occasion’s people who have visited the country have been complaining of, as government we are working on that and soon people will start enjoying good internet,” Mussa said.
The minister cited the fiber project as one way government has embarked on to improve internet connections in the country.
He said the fiber project which is expected to be done in all districts of the country once completed the issue of poor internet connection will be a history.
“As you aware that the ministry of information embarked on the fiber project, that project is expected to go into phase two where it will cover all the districts. As soon as it has been completed the issues of poor internet connections will be a history,” explained Mussa.
According to the minister government is working on strategies on how best people can have an easy access of places they want to visit on their phones and computers.
Mussa said in line with this year’s national tourism month theme ‘Tourism and the Digital Transformation’ there is a need of people to be able to book places using their phones and computers hence the need of good internet connection.
On the part of the main sponsor of the event Malawi Gaming Board, Davie Saeluzika, said they sponsored the event knowing the importance of tourism sector to the country’s economy.
Saeluzika urged Malawians to be the first to patronize in such events and also visit different beautiful places of the country.
“Malawi Gaming Board is pleased to be associated with this great event, as Malawians lets be the first to participate in these events  and to be the first ones to visit different beautiful places of the country ‘Tidziyamba ndife a Malawi,” Saeluzika said.
Each year on 27 September is world tourism day but Malawi designated the whole month of September as the national tourism month.
The 2018 national tourism month was launched  4thSeptember at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre.

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Macra sets Sept 30 as Sim card registration deadlines

The country’s Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has set September 30, 2018 as the new date for existing phone users to register Sim cards and generic numbers or risk being blocked.

Speaking at a press briefing in Blantyre on Friday, Macra officials said, from July 1 this year, all new Sim cards will have to be registered within a maximum period of seven days from the date of purchase.

“When all subscriber details have been provided, the Sim card will be activated even before the seven days elapse. But if this has not been satisfied within the seven days, the Sim card will no longer be useful and the customer will need to buy another one and start the process all over again,” said Macra’s Director General, Godfrey Itaye.

Itaye said mobile service providers have indicated that at least 40 percent of phone users in the country have registered their Sim cards.

TNM Chief Officer of Consumer Services, Daniel Makata, said, so far, about 1. 5 million users on TNM network have been registered.

“It was quite a chaotic process when we were starting. So, we became more innovative by bringing the registration (staff) closer to the people. We became faster and more people were registered. For the past months, about 40 percent of our consumers have been registered, That is roughly about 1.5 million people,” he said.

Macra issued a directive to all phone operators in the country to start the registration of Sim cards and generic numbers in January this year in a drive aimed at effectively regulating the information communication technology industry.

This was in accordance with requirements of the Communications Act of 2016.

Itaye said Sim card registration has multiple benefits, saying, for example, that people who send threats and hate messages will easily be traced.

“The process will also enable law enforcers to track down criminals who use phones for illegal activities. The process will also reduce cases of child trafficking as police will be able to track perpetrators, not to mention that lost phones will easily be located,” he said.

After the exercise was launched in January, the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology suspended the process due to a public outcry over deadline of registration, which was March 31 2018.

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Facebook to invest in ICT infrastructure in Malawi

Principal Secretary in the ministry of ICT Erica Maganga speaking during the meeting Principal Secretary in the ministry of ICT Erica Maganga speaking during the meeting

Blantyre, May 17, 2018: Facebook has expressed commitment to improving Malawi Government capabilities in information and communication technology (ICT) through investment as well as addressing social media abuse.

The commitment was registered in Blantyre during a one day meeting which Facebook, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA), Ministry of Information and Fiscal Police held on Wednesday to find a common ground on how to limit the abuse of the social media.

Briefing the media after the meeting, Facebook Africa Public Policy Manager for Access and Connectivity, Kojo Boakye said Facebook and Malawi Government have the same vision of connecting many Malawians to internet, especially those in rural areas.

“The discussion centred on how we might be able to connect more Malawians to the internet, something that government of Malawi intends to do in collaboration with Facebook,” Boakye said.

“We are making great investments to solve key infrastructure challenges and we are focusing on two areas; the first is bulk whole area, we laid 800 km of optic fibre in northern Uganda and we would like to replicate the same in other countries,” he added.

He said the quality of the environment to invest in is important such that a particular government is supposed to facilitate that kind of investment or infrastructure. He said Malawi Government had demonstrated that it would create such an atmosphere.

“In addition, we would like to invest in wireless infrastructure to connect rural areas of Malawi and we have teams dedicated to do that. It was about whether MACRA and government would be supportive to any effort we might undertake,” Boakye said.

Principal Secretary for Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Erica Maganga described the development as a positive move towards ICT development in the country and assured Facebook of government’s commitment in facilitating its investment.

“As government, we are happy to have held the meeting with Facebook. What is most pleasing is that Facebook is now willing to come to Malawi to look at what kind of investment they could bring and also the training they would offer in universities,” Maganga said.

MACRA Director General, Godfrey Itaye said the meeting was beneficial as the regulatory body had a chance to talk to Facebook on how MACRA and Facebook could collaborate in limiting the abuse of various social media platforms.

“This will ensure that crimes committed on Facebook are dealt with appropriately,” Itaye told the press.

Taking his turn, Fiscal Police Detective Joseph Nkuna said the meeting had come at the right time as the police have been receiving many reports of Facebook account abuse.

“This meeting will assist Malawi Police Service. I would like to thank government through MACRA for the initiative. It has come at a time when we are receiving complaints regarding Facebook; peoples’ accounts have been hacked and abused by other people.

“The relationship that we are building with Facebook will go a long way in keeping people in check behind the malpractice,” Nkuna said.

The meeting is the first ever to take place among the parties. It has been agreed that similar meetings be held in the near future to fast-track the whole process of investment as well as the introduction of Facebook security team to work hand in hand with Malawi Police Service in limiting social media abuse.

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Exclusive; Facebook scandal ‘hit 87 million users’

Facebook believes the data of up to 87 million people was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica – many more than previously disclosed.

The BBC has been told that about 1.1 million of them are UK-based.

The overall figure had been previously quoted as being 50 million by the whistleblower Christopher Wylie.
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said “clearly we should have done more, and we will going forward”.

During a press conference he said that he had previously assumed that if Facebook gave people tools, it was largely their responsibility to decide how to use them.

But he added that it was “wrong in retrospect” to have had such a limited view.
“Today, given what we know… I think we understand that we need to take a broader view of our responsibility,” he said.

“That we’re not just building tools, but that we need to take full responsibility for the outcomes of how people use those tools as well.”

Mr Zuckerberg also announced an internal audit had uncovered a fresh problem. Malicious actors had been abusing a feature that let users search for one another by typing in email addresses or phone numbers into Facebook’s search box.

As a result, many people’s public profile information had been “scraped” and matched to the contact details, which had been obtained from elsewhere.

Facebook has blocked now blocked the facility.

“It is reasonable to expect that if you had that [default] setting turned on, that in the last several years someone has probably accessed your public information in this way,” Mr Zuckerberg said.
New numbers.

The estimates of how many people’s data had been exposed were revealed in a blog by the tech firm’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer.

The BBC has also learned that Facebook now estimates that about 305,000 people had installed the This Is Your Digital Life quiz that had made the data-harvesting possible. The previously suggested figure had been 270,000.

About 97% of the installations occurred within the US. However, just over 16 million of the total number of users affected are thought to be from other countries.

A spokeswoman for the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office told the BBC that it was continuing to assess and consider the evidence before deciding what steps to take.

What is the controversy about?
Facebook has faced intense criticism after it emerged that it had known for years that Cambridge Analytica had collected data from millions of its users, but had relied on the London-based firm to self-certify that it had deleted the information.

Cambridge Analytica said it had bought the information from the creator of the This Is Your Digital Life app without knowing that it had been obtained improperly.

The firm says it deleted all the data as soon as it was made aware of the circumstances.

But Channel 4 News has since reported that at least some of the data in question is still in circulation despite Cambridge Analytica insisting it had destroyed the material.

During Mr Zuckerberg’s press conference, Cambridge Analytica tweeted it had only obtained data for 30 million individuals – not 87 million – from the app’s creator, and again insisted it had deleted all records.

The latest revelations came several hours after the US House Commerce Committee announced that Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, would testify before it on 11 April.

Facebook’s share price has dropped sharply in the weeks since the allegations emerged.

Wide-ranging changes
In his Wednesday blog post, Mr Schroepfer detailed new steps being taken by Facebook in the wake of the scandal.
They include: a decision to stop third-party apps seeing who is on the guest lists of Events pages and the contents of messages posted on them a commitment to only hold call and text history logs collected by the Android versions of Messenger and Facebook Lite for a year.

In addition, Facebook said the logs would no longer include the time of the calls a link will appear at the top of users’ News Feeds next week, prompting them to review the third-party apps they use on Facebook and what information is shared as a consequence.

Facebook has also published proposed new versions of its terms of service and data use policy .
The documents are longer than the existing editions in order to make the language clearer and more descriptive.

Tinder users affected
Another change the company announced involved limiting the type of information that can be accessed by third-party applications.

Immediately after the changes were announced, however, users of the widely popular dating app Tinder were hit by login errors, leaving them unable to use the service.

Tinder relies on Facebook to manage its logins. Users reported that they had been signed out of the app and were unable to log in again.

Instead, the app repeatedly asks for more permissions to access a user’s Facebook profile information. Many were quick to link the outage to the changes announced by Facebook.

Fake news
The Cambridge Analytica scandal follows earlier controversies about “fake news” and evidence that Russia tried to influence US voters via Facebook.

Mr Zuckerberg has declined to answer questions from British MPs.

When asked about this by the BBC, he said he had decided that his chief technology officer and chief product officer should answer questions from countries other than the US.

He added, however, that he had made a mistake in 2016 by dismissing the notion that fake news had influenced the US Presidential election.

“People will analyse the actual impact of this for a long time to come,” he added.

“But what I think is clear at this point is that it was too flippant and I should never have referred to it as crazy.”

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The man who serviced Kamuzu Banda’s radio sets; Harvey Maseko

He was among thousands of jubilant people who packed the then Rangeley Stadium in Blantyre and saw Hastings Kamuzu Banda receive the reins of power from Britain.

As the teenager watched proceedings from one of the open stands on July 6 1964, little did he realise that a rare opportunity would come to him to meet his country’s first president not long after the event.

Almost 45 years have elapsed since Harvey Maseko shook hands with the late Kamuzu Banda at his Sanjika Palace in the country’s commercial city, yet he still cherishes the memory of that day.

But why did Maseko go to the hilltop Sanjika Palace to meet Kamuzu, whom Malawians were in awe the entire period he ruled the country before multiparty politics began to creep in in the early 1990s?

Harvey Julius Kadyole Maseko was born on January 27 1947 and hails from Lidzulu, Ntcheu. He did part of his primary education at Malamulo Mission, Thyolo, where his late father worked as a clergy.

Maseko says after the death of his father in 1961, his family began to face serious financial problems because “our breadwinner and supportive pillar had fallen.”

The situation got so dire that the family was often in want, regularly going without food and also did not have enough clothes. This forced his mother to get a job as a tea picker in a surrounding tea estate.

Meanwhile, amid the untold hardship the family was going through, Maseko started entertaining the idea of leaving the country for Northern Rhodesia, now known as Zambia.

“I wanted to go to Northern Rhodesia because we had a stepbrother there who was working at Chilanga Cement Factory in Lusaka,” Maseko says. “I wanted to escape the woes we were facing.”

He says when his stepbrother came to Malawi to attend his father’s funeral, he not only offered him support but also promised to take him to Zambia on his return.

“Unfortunately, he changed his mind on departure and took with him his sister’s daughter instead,” Maseko recalls. “When I saw his car leave for Zambia, my heart sank and wept as he was my only hope.”

It was then that his late mother decided to send young Harvey to her cousin who lived in Chilomoni Township in Blantyre, who was a bus driver.

Maseko lived in Chilomoni for only two school terms because, in his own words, conditions in the home of his mother’s cousin were tough.

“I then thought of starting off on a journey to an unknown destination in a bid to follow the man who had promised to take me to Zambia but had changed his mind,” he says.

But Maseko went back to Thyolo and during one school holiday, he got a job digging groundnuts in a primary school teacher’s garden. He was paid one pound, 12 shillings and six pence.

Maseko again had to leave for school in Blantyre where an uncle had offered to accommodate him. On departure, his mother gave him five boiled eggs and a cake made from banana for him to eat at school.

When Maseko arrived at Wenela Main Bus Station in Blantyre, something caught his eye before he left for his uncle’s house that made him change his mind abruptly.

“I was surprised to see one bus that was about to leave had a board with the word ‘Salisbury’ written on it as its destination,” says Maseko, who was in his late teens at the time.

Maseko ignorantly thought that since Southern Rhodesia and Northern Rhodesia shared borders, he could just walk from Salisbury to his uncle at Chilanga Cement Factory in Lusaka.

“The bus fare from Blantyre to Salisbury was one pound and 10 shillings,” he says. “Using the money I had earned from digging groundnuts, I paid the fare and boarded the Salisbury-bound bus.”

Meanwhile, back home in Thyolo, Maseko’s mother was in the dark about the new development. To her, the child was lving with an uncle in Blantyre, attending school.

Maseko remembers crossing the Zambezi River at Tete in Mozambique using a ferry boat before they spent a night there.

The next day, they were transferred into a Salisbury United Bus, now called ZUPCO, from Salisbury. The eggs and banana cake his mother had given him were all Maseko ate on his journey to the unknown.

It was at night when Maseko’s bus finally reached its destination, Mbare Bus Station in Salisbury. At day break, all he could see was a foreign land with strange people and a strange language.

“I became a destitute and slept on the floor at the bus station for two weeks,” Maseko says. “I became stranded when I learned that I could not walk to Lusaka from Salisbury.”

One morning while at a post office in the city, Maseko saw a large gathering of people not far from where he was. Upon enquiring, he learnt that it was a new clothing factory that was employing people.

He says he does not know to this day how he was spotted but he saw from where he was standing a white man who he later learnt was the employer beckon him to go to the gates of the factory.

“As there was no passage for me to get to him with the big crowd, he sent his driver to come and take me to the factory. When I entered the factory, the owner served me a cup of tea,” recalls Maseko.

“After I had my tea, I was employed as a garden boy and immediately started working at the factory. When I knocked off, I was escorted to my dwelling room at a hostel. From that day, I began a new life.”

All this time, Maseko’s mother was thinking her son was in Blantyre as Maseko had not yet communicated home to inform her of his whereabouts.

“It was only after she received a parcel of clothing for her and my siblings I had sent that she came to know I had crossed borders and was in Salisbury,” he says.

Maseko later changed jobs when another man from his home country who was living in Salisbury invited him to join a radio manufacturing factory known as WRS (World Radio Service).

“I started working as a packer before I went into all the stages of radio and television manufacturing,” he says, adding that at the same time, he was attending night school to widen his knowledge.

Maseko says: “Unlike my friends who were contented doing one thing at the factory, I wanted to know every aspect to do with electronics.”

When he was able to design radio sets on his own, an idea struck him that he set up his own radio manufacturing company and decided to come back home so that he could bring his plan to fruition.

“I came back home and applied for an industrial licence at the Ministry of Trade and Industry which was in Delamere House [in Blantyre],” says Maseko. “The minister then was Aleke Banda.”

When the licence was approved after he had returned to Salisbury, Maseko began sending home radio and television components he had been buying for five years.

“After I saw that I had sent enough stock for a small radio factory, I finally came back to Malawi on November 2 1972 and started manufacturing radio and record player products,” he says.

The company Maseko established in Bantyre was called Modern Radio Supplies, the second radio manufacturing company in the country after Nzeru Radio Company.

Maseko says before he returned home to set up the radio production company, he designed a combined Radio- Record player and a Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorder for Kamuzu Banda.

“The only person who saw it in its process was Albert Muwalo who was then minister of State and also secretary general of Malawi Congress Party (MCP),” he says.

“It cost me K1,000 after some university students helped me to value it. Accompanying me to present the gift was Alfred Chiwanda who was the Regional minister. This was in October, 1973.”

Maseko says the head of the civil service at the time George Jafu witnessed the presentation of the gift at Sanjika Palace and that, at the ceremony, he was asked to repair and service Kamuzu’s radios.

“I was asked to repair and service some radio sets that Kamuzu had bought from the USA,” he says. “I did the job perfectly. I felt humbly honoured to handle property of the head of State.”

Maseko says Kamuzu Banda was so happy that he reportedly wanted to give him K1,000 as a token of appreciation for the good work he had done but he declined.

“I politely refused to accept the money because it was my gift to him and was not selling,” he says.
Kamuzu then not only offered to help Maseko put up a building in Lilongwe for his business but also expressed his desire to send him to the USA for further training as a radio technician.

But things took a different turn and Maseko, who owned a Mercedes Benz car then, lost contacts with Kamuzu.

Desperate to make contact with the Malawi leader, Maseko says a few years later, he wrote Kamuzu a letter and posted it at Lilongwe Post Office.

“It was a bold move but it yielded results as the letter did reach him,” says the father of nine, some of whom are living in the USA and United Kingdom. “Kamuzu had not forgotten me.”

Maseko says Kamuzu offered him a job of servicing electronic systems and gadgets of his relations at Chamwabvi Estate and at Chiwengo Village in Kasungu through his nephew Fred Kazombo Mwale, where he worked for some time.

Maseko went back to Zimbabwe in 2002 where he runs a small electronics business.

Maseko, who plans to come back home and start another project, has fond memories of meeting Kamuzu for the first time and shaking hands with him.

“That day has been etched on my memory,” says Maseko, 71. “For two weeks, I refused to greet anyone with my right hand after I met Kamuzu because I could hardly believe I had greeted him.

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Malawi poorly ranked on world ICT data Index; now at 167

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi has slightly improved at ICT Development Index (IDI) ranking to 167 in 2017 from 169 in 2016, Maravi Post has learnt.

Malawi is among Southern African countries missing on the top hundred countries on IDI ranking for several years.

This is daunting task to the nation needs to carry if it want tallying with regional requirement of African countries on quality data provision to International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Malawi however is expected to improve on its ICT Development Index (IDI) with current on-going SIM Card registration among its citizens.

The exercise is one of the key indicators used in IDI for the worldwide ranking on data statistics.

This is the reason government through Ministry of ICT, National Statistical Office and the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) in conjunction with ITU organised a two-day Regional Workshop on ICT Statistics for Africa underway Bingu International Convention Centre in the capital Lilongwe from March 20 to March 21, 2018.

The conference which has drawn participants African countries focuses on building capacity on statisticians, regulators, academia among others.

This will also help relevant government officials on the indicators to be included in the (revised) IDI 2018, with an emphasis on the telecommunications indicators

Principal Secretary for ICT, Erica Maganga told The Maravi Post that it pains her each time she looks at these ICT indicators statistics and where African countries lie.

“We are not doing very well and we need to continue doing more. As for Africa, I want us to shine because we have invested a lot of knowledge wealth in our children. We just need to be focused and invest more in research and bring awareness to consumers on the available services as well as the importance of using ICT services that have been necessitated by rapid technology growth.

This workshop therefore will provide an opportunity Member States to learn from our peers who are moving upwards along the IDI rank. It will also provide an opportunity for the ITU to have bilateral discussions with countries and Member states to exchange experiences in the compilation of the data,” optimistic PS Maganga.

MACRA Director General Godfrey Itaye concurred with Maganga on worrying trend which has provoked countries below the quality data line.

“This is the reason we requested the ITU to train our local staff that handle and manage ICT statistics. The general consensus was on the need to provide accurate and timely data for the compilation of ICT Development Index (IDI) and indicators to be used in the 2018 version among others.

However, most of us Member Countries in Africa are faced with a number of challenges ranging from lack of resources to collect data, poor coordination with national statistical offices, lack of expertise and general knowledge gap in ITU statistical terminologies used and understanding. These challenges require that Governments should invest in the capacity and human capital to ensure that reliable and meaningful information is collected not only in ICT sector but across all sectors of our economies,” observes Itaye.

ITU regional program officer for Africa, Anne Rita Ssemboga retaliated the need for African countries to improve the ICT statistical data provision to improv their rankings that help in development index worldwide.

“We shall, during the course of two days review the main groups of telecommunication/ICT indicators, their definitions and methodological issues with a focus on the Information Development Index (IDI) revised indicators which come into effect in 2018.

“Participants will also have the opportunity to share the experience of their countries in the collection and harmonization of telecommunication/ICT indicators,” assures Ssemboga.

None of African countries appears close to the top 50 on the IDI ranking with Mauritius appearing on rank 72 with an IDI value of 5.88 followed by South Africa on rank 92, Cape Verde on 93, Tunisia on 99 and Morocco in the top 100 ranking.

Malawi has slightly improved at rank 167 in 2017 from 169 in 2016. The IDI 2017 saw Iceland ranking first with an IDI value of 8.98

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Malawi sets computerised emergency response to secure its cyber space

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi has set up a computer emergency response team (Cert) at Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) to facilitate securing of the country’s cyberspace.

According to MACRA Cert will also be working hand in hand with other cyber experts in commercial banks, Malawi Police Service and Malawi Defence Force to ensure that issues of cyber crime are dealt with decisively

Macra director of finance Ben Chitsonga told The Maravi Post in an interview on the sidelines of a three-day Cert workshop in Lilongwe this week that they have invited experts in cyber security from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to assess and impart their expertise to Malawi authorities on how the Cert can be set up.

Chitsonga said the country cannot afford to work in isolation in dealing with cyber crime.

“We are hopeful that by July 1, we will have the Cert in Macra operational. This Cert will also be working hand in hand with other cyber experts in commercial banks, Malawi Police Service and Malawi Defence Force to ensure that issues of cyber crime are dealt with decisively.

“Cyber crime is real and we need to have proper instruments in place so that we move in the right direction. I know some institutions have been affected by cyber criminals, but they do not come out for fear of losing trust. ITU is helping us to check our readiness to set up the Cert,” he said.

ITU regional programme officer for Africa Anne Rita Ssemboga commended Malawi for putting in place instruments that will help the country deal with cyber crime.

Ssemboga said Malawi needs to take issues of cyber crime seriously because Internet has completely changed how business is done these days.

“We are proud that Malawi is taking this issue seriously. Cyber crmes are a real phenomenon, and as people continue transacting online, there is a risk. Even banks are doing business online,” said Ssemboga.

According to with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 80% of Africans (80 million people) have access to technologies that phone access should be 419 million in 2020 and 1..7 billion people acquire spectrum which a limited and controlled resource hence the need to prevent it from cyber attacks.

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TNM takes a lead in cyber-security

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-In the wake of increasing cyber-attacks, Malawi’s integrated mobile network and ICT service provider TNM has announced provision of Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS) protection solutions to its clients.

A DDoS attack is an attempt to exhaust the resources available to a network, application or service so that genuine users cannot gain access.

Cyber criminals utilize a combination of very high volume attacks, along with more subtle and difficult to detect infiltrations that target applications as well as existing network security infrastructure such as firewalls and IPS.

Announcing the service, TNM’s Managing Executive for Enterprise Services, Vishwajeet Deshmukh said the company’s drive in offering the DDoS protection on the network layer to its clients was triggered by the increasing threat of cyber-attacks with potential to negatively impact on service delivery.

“This will grant protection from volumetric DDoS attacks that attempt to consume the bandwidth of the customer, and cause congestion. With TNM DDoS protection, organizations will be able to avoid the DDoS cyber-attacks that can greatly affect their service delivery for their customers,” said Deshmukh.

He observes that key impact of DDoS attack has resulted in brand reputation damage following such incidents as public facing website or application being unavailable, that can lead to angry customers, lost revenue and brand damage.

“DDoS also has the potential to reduce productivity. For instance, when critical applications become unavailable, operations and productivity slowly stop. Internal websites that partners rely on means supply chain and production disruption,” noted Deshmukh.

Deshmukh highlighted that Distributed Denial of Service attacks vary significantly, and there are thousands of different ways an attack can be done but they fall into three broad areas of Volumetric, TCP State-Exhaustion and Application Layer Attacks.

Volumetric attacks attempt to consume the bandwidth either within the target network/service or between the target network/service and the rest of the Internet and results in congestion while TCP State-Exhaustion attacks attempt to consume the connection state tables, which are present in many infrastructure components such as load-balancers, firewalls and the application servers themselves. Application Layer attacks target some aspect of an application or service.

According to IT experts, DDoS represents a significant threat to business continuity as organizations grow more dependent on the Internet and web-based applications and services, availability has become as essential as electricity.

DDoS is not only a threat to retailers, financial services and ICT companies with an obvious need for availability. Such attacks also target critical business applications that organizations rely on to manage daily operations, such as email, salesforce automation, Customer Relationship Management and including other industries, such as manufacturing, transportation and healthcare, have internal web properties that the supply chain and other business partners rely on for daily business operations.

With this new capability on its network , all customers – both consumers and businesses– accessing the internet through the TNM network are fully protected from the potential danger posed by DDoS attacks.

With the current service provision, TNM only provides protection on a network level to all customers on the TNM network.

Customers that need special protection will need to subscribe to the service through TNM cyber surety managed service.

This will allow enterprise to protect their specific systems such as an email server or webserver. With this application specific protection customers will be given access to a portal for them to view reports, statistics etc of their managed business system.

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