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How to stay safe when using a public Wi-Fi



You may be enjoying the free and fast Internet connection maybe in school, in a bank, cafe of just anywhere with a free open Wi-Fi connection. 
So, everyday you just go with your phone or laptop to the free Wi-Fi spot to get the latest movie or game download or playing or you just go to chat with your friends like most girls will do.

Like, in FPNO (federal polytechnic nekede,owerri) wherever you see students clustered at a point with smartphones and laptops, just know that there is a fast and free Wi-Fi Internet connection there. Students won’t mind coming along with there complete set of Desktop computer set to school. how dramatic it can be.

Well public free and open Wi-Fi internet connection can be very useful any time to students and anybody but at the same time it can be very risky.

Below is a list of possible dangers in a public Wi-Fi.-You can get spammed on a public Wi-Fi.
-Hackers cash on prone devices in a public Wi-Fi.
-One can spoof your details over the network.
-You risk leaving yourself open to spies.
-Viruses can spread real fast across the devices. etc

so many can happen but to mention but a few. I assure that after reading this piece you will be 100% safe from all these threats in a public Wi-Fi. So to stay safe on a public Wi-Fi

Turn off File sharing
This may sound too pushy, but you would not want anyone spoofing around your private files. so to be safe turn of file sharing. see steps on windows and mac below.

Turn off file sharing on Windows
1. Search for “Control Panel” then click on the best match to open it.
2. Under “Network and Internet,” click on “View network status and tasks.”
3. On the next page, click “Change advanced sharing settings.”
4. Under “File and printer sharing,” tick off “Turn off file and printer sharing.”
5. To prevent network snoopers from seeing your computer, tick off “Turn off network discovery” too.
6. Save changes.

Turn off file sharing on a Mac:
1. Open your Mac’s System Preferences (the gear icon on your dock).
2. Click on the “Sharing” icon.
3. On the next “Sharing Page,” uncheck File Sharing.
4. I also recommend that you uncheck all the other sharing services here when connecting to public Wi-Fi.

5. Close the window and you’re set.

Smartphone users may not get the feature due to some certain protocols, but at the same time it’s all safe.

Use Incognito Browser Mode Option
Many just turn on their regular Internet browser after they must have connected to a public Wi-Fi, then they start keying in their passwords where needed without background check of the net they are connected to. Your passwords can be spoofed or you may be spied on when you use your browser in the normal browsing mode. Incognito mode exist in every browser and it is trusted to not keep your info in any storage format or share it with any side application or anything, hence keeping you safe till you close the session. 
Although the normal browsing mode can be useful when it comes to password security and so, but it can be easily compromised.
As much as Incognito keeps you safe on public Wi-Fi low level threats, there are some advance threats that Incognito won’t be your saving grace, you may want to read – What doesn’t incognito mode protect against?

Firewalls Must Stay On
Never do the mistake of turning off your firewall in your PC, your life will be ruined when you get connected to  public Wi-Fi. For this reason, windows have a certain duration for firewalls to stay off. So at least you get safe surfing in any network.

Get an Anti-virus
Anti-viruses go beyond scanning your files and applications, they can get your network traffic scanned to ensure no hacker or virus is coming in to your device or to make sure you are getting a response from a trusted server. This feature is too vital for this you get it in paid versions of anti-viruses.

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TStv to Encrypt it’s Channels, roll out 62 Premium Entertainment Channels



TStv has announced that all of it’s Television channels will be encrypted. This means that the channels on TSTV will no longer be Free-to-air (FTA). The service provider also announced that it will include 62 premium Entertainment channels in it’s collection.

TStv channels will be encrypted starting from 11:50 on November 27th. Also, the premium entertainment channels will be included to the service on 28th November. Prior to the update, viewers will have to pick up a TStv Jolly Decoder at a dealer outlet.

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Owners of the Sassy Decoder are advised to visit any nearest dealer to get the decoder fully activated.

TStv currently has over 50 plus channels which in addy is the 16 premium entertainment channels coming soon.

TStv Africa is a owned Nigerian innovative Pay TV Operator that offer Pay As You View (PAYV) subscription, pause subscription, complimentary internet service and video call.

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TStv sometime went out of the market due to the challenges the company faced even to the “Satellite Providers”. The good news is that they began full operation on 20th August after NigComSat offered them 5 units of 35.5MHz transponders through a collaboration with Intertel, Federal Ministry of Communications and Nigcomsat.

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MTN APN Configuration That Works – Mobile and Modem



MTN APN is what is required to enable internet connection on your phone. APN is an acronym for Access Point Name. Access Point Name is typically the name of the gateway connecting your internet enabled device to the web through an internet service provider, such as MTN.

Most often we run into the problem of missing APN configuration and can’t surf the web with our phone or modem. If you have your APN configured before now and you still cannot browse, make the listed below are in order.

  • Data subscription balance
  • Data monitor app threshold
  • Other phones of same network can browse. Your inability to browse could be a general problem from the service provider at the moment.
  • Network signal reception

In Nigeria you can fall into the hands of the wrong people, who will charge you high amount of money in the name of configuring your phone for browsing.

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To get the configuration pushed automatically to your phone by MTN.

Send as a text message “Settings” to 3888. Without quotes.

If the above method fails to get you APN configuration, you can fall back to configuring it yourself which always works.

For Mobile phones, navigate to “mobile network” in settings through more connections option, and you should see APN configuration option there.

Note: If your device works just fine, you are advised not to go further. But if for a reason you deleted the pre-installed APN configuration and you want to get it back. You’re welcome. The configurations work for 2G, 3G and 4G network type.



MTN APN settings for smartphones (iOS and Android)

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Note: For MTN 4G MiFi modems, the above configuration works for such devices.


MTN APN settings for modems (U.S.B stick modems)

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Access Point Name is unique to every service provider and can come pre-configured in SIM cards. When you slot in a new SIM card into a phone, it goes through it’s initiation to the service provider’s system. The service provider can then push necessary configurations to the device. Devices with MTN SIM card making an internet connection must be configured with an APN to present to MTN.

MTN will then examine this APN to determine what type of connection should be created, for example: which IP addresses should be assigned to the wireless device, which security methods should be used, etc. All of which is done in a second by a programmed system.

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#ReallyFreeData, Airtel is dashing free data weekly on Recharge Plus



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Airtel NG is currently giving out free 250mb data to its subscribers so long as you keep recharging your line. The good news is that you get 250Mb every week, once you meet your recharging target. All Airtel users are qualified for this promo and it gets even better because you can use the data to access any website and content.


You can do the recharging through your bank and still get the reward. In total you enjoy 1GB monthly for simply topping up your airtime. You can use the airtime for regular uses, such as making calls and sending text, even subscribing to a regular data plan.

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Speaking of the requirements to enjoy this offer, Airtel NG says you have to recharge your line consistently. Consistently in order to meet your weekly target.

How it Works:

  • To get started, you have to first recharge your Airtel line.
  • Check your weekly target by dialing *479# or check your recharge notifications.
  • Recharge to hit your target
  • Get rewarded with 250MB free.
  • Dial *123# or *140#. to check balance
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Hard to say:

The free data bonus is valid till Sunday 23.59pm every week. You don’t get the reward twice a week, so no need beating the target twice. Airtel didn’t say how long the offer lasts, but it looks like one that its not going over yet. You can’t roll over any unused data. That is to say, once it expires, it’s gone, no renewals.

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