Monday, February 17, 2014

Beware of Business Scams on the Internet

These days more and more Zimbabweans are doing business online; from online ordering to online paymets. This increases risk of online business scams whilst it is good. Scammers are so shameless. They go to an extent of registering a domain and even creating a website to defraud people.
A few months ago, a colleague of mine Matt, gave me a call. He indicated that he wanted to see me and it was very important. He suggested we should meet at an internet cafe, which we did. After some greetings he invited me to sit next to him on a computer. He explained to me that he finally had secured a business deal and was going to make lots of money. He explained that an Indian explosives company wanted to partner with him in their explosives business.

They requested him to arrange a warehouse in Zimbabwe for the storage of the mining explosives. They would then ship the explosives to him and all he had to do was to market and sell these to mining companies. He had already secured a warehouse in Mt Darwin. Imagine how much he had lost in this?

Now the so called partners had requested him to send some money for the shipment of the first batch of explosives and he was now arranging to make an online payment and therefore needed my assistance as an ICT colleague on how to make online payments  and to lend him a few hundred dollars for the payment I guess!

I listened very intently as he narrated his story. I then asked him to open the email communications he had made with this new business partner. The sender email address was a yahoo one. That kind used by scammers, something like

I warned him that he was dealing with scammers. The company had a web site and we visited the website. I asked to check the contacts page on the web site, which to our surprise the correspondent's email address was not listed and neither was the guy's name listed on the contact people. My colleague also became suspicious.

Not to quickly rush into conclusions, I advised him to contact the company via the listed contact details and ask if they knew anyone by the guy's name who worked for their company before I parted with Matt. A few weeks later, we confirmed the business deal was a scam.

Monday, December 16, 2013

When should you upgrade your technology?

These days technology is changing very frequently!  What you call latest today is not so in the next week!  Then what? Should you buy a new technology every week? Should you change your car every month and get a new laptop every fortnight? We all want to be at grip with technology. We all want to be called advanced?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Zimbabwe e-commerce startups challenges and solutions

 By Newson Mukono (Opinion)

Many tech loving Zimbabweans have been dreaming of Zimbabwe embracing e-commerce, in particular online shopping at a faster rate that it has done! Some have been blaming lack of online payment platforms for the staggering. But we could still sell products online and use Cash On Delivery as the payment mode, then have goods delivered to the recipient in the comfort of their home.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The major reason more and more Zimbabwean web sites get hacked

By Newson Mukono

AT school I figured out that if a question asks:
Show that blah blah = bluh bluh, the answer is Shown. In like manner I think the major reason why more and more Zimbabwean web sites get hacked is because they are so easy to hack! So maybe the right question to ask is "Why are many Zimbabwean websites so easy to hack?"

Just recently, the Zesa enterprises website got hacked. It has become a common trait for Zimbabwean web sites to get hacked like what happened not very long ago with the news, banks, government and other websites. One might ask why? Is it that they hate Zimbabwe? Well hackers hack sometimes for fun, to test their hacking skills or as means of campaigning against a certain group or organisation. Whatever the reason might be; why are so many Zimbabwean web sites so hackable?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

AHM launches new classifieds web site

Alpha Media Holdings, the company  behind Newsday, The Zimbabwean and  the Standard Newspapers has launched a new classifieds web site myclassifieds.

The new classifieds site will mainly compete with the dorminant web site.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Technology and the fall of the News Industry

Last time we published an article on how ICT threatens the future of Print Media. In today's article we articulate how the News Industry in Zimbabwe and in the world in general  is endangered by technology. Technology wiped off internet cafes, it washed away phone shops, threatens to flush away something bigger-the News Houses!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How online document storage can save you lots of frustration

By Newson Mukono

Had you ever travelled away from home and realised you forgot some very important documents? You may be at work and find out you urgently needed a copy of your identity documents or certificates yet they are far from your reach or you forgot them at home. Sometimes you end up making an unexpected journey to get those documents or sometimes lose out on an opportunity completely. Technology can actually save you from such a mess by doing a very simple thing.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Econet launches Ecocash Save! Banks likely to cry again soon!

By Newson Mukono (Opinion)

Just yesterday, Econet Wirelesss launched the new EcoCash Save banking facility. It is now live and all you do is dial *151*200# on your econet mobile line and choose the Ecocash Save option. It now comes into logic why econet's acquisition of former TN Bank now Steward bank was such a strategic move.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

ZSE suspends trading in Phoenix Consolidated Industries shares

By Jeffrey Mumba

The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange has suspended trading in Phoenix Consolidated Industries Limited’s shares following the company being placed under judicial management. “In terms of Section 1.8 of the Stock Exchange Listings Requirements, the Company should continue to discharge its obligations to the shareholders and the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange after the suspension,” the local bourse said in a statement.

BARCLAYS Bank introduces automated fraud detection system

By Jeffrey Mumba

Barclays Bank has introduced automated fraud detection and monitoring system for transactions on both international and local debit cards. This follows the bank’s recently increased attention to security systems to avert cases of fraud.