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The Paralympic Games 2016 opens in Rio de Janeiro on today, and to mark the occasion, Google has launched an animated doodle depicting the variety of sports in which disabled athletes will participate.

Beginning as a small gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948, the Paralympic Games has grown into the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with physical disabilities. Since 1960, the Paralympics have taken place during the same year the Olympic Games are held, and this year’s event is expected to draw 4,300 athletes from 161 nations.

Participants will compete in more than 500 events despite a range of disabilities, including impaired muscle power, impaired range of movement, vision impairment and intellectual impairment, among others. But perhaps the greatest obstacle participants will have to overcome is a significant lack of financing for the Games due to slow ticket and sponsorship sales.

“This is the worst situation that we’ve ever found ourselves in at Paralympic movement,” International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven told The Associated Press . “We were aware of difficulties, but we weren’t aware it was as critical as this.”

After Craven learned five weeks ago from the Rio Olympic organizing committee that there was no money left to run the Paralympics, the Rio city government pitched in $46.3 million and the federal government committed to another $30.7 million.

The Paralympic Games run through September 18.

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Covid-19 Cyber attacks Spike as Health sectors battle Hackers: Here’s how to stay safe

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The world continues to battle the deadly Covid-19 pandemic also called Coronavirus as many sectors and companies encourage their staffs to work from home.

Office workers who usually don’t have much time for their social networks and mass random messages now have ample time to go through their devices and computers and even see a few movie series.

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Ironically, this is possible as individuals cling to the only thing that could help them communicate with the outer work – their smartphones.

This large number of human force all stuck at home has led a major increase in online scammers as even the ethical one’s amongst them have grown bored and looking for new loopholes to exploit.

Organizations are been targeted, individuals are made to pay the price for being idle, phishing mails are getting sent and received at a rate of a thousand mails every second. But asides all these, individuals are encouraged to stay safe from the deadly virus with recorded infection figures going up each day here in the part of the world.

Seems everyone forgot about the other safe which is very much vital too??!

Covid-19 fraud related cases

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is warning the Internet community that COVID-19 has sparked rising scammers leveraging the deadly virus to steal money, personal information or both from users of online services.

“Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits”, the US law enforcement agency advises.

In this part of the world where vulnerable individuals hardly struggle to survive each day, talks making rounds on the internet regarding the Nigerian government sharing stimulus package of N20,000 to every citizen has done little to help arrest the issue of cybercrime.

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Hackers and scammers have been continuously bombarding individuals with phishing links to give away their details so as to enlist them and reserve their own package; which invariably is only sugar-coated lies.

This is not a happy sight as so many individuals who struggle to make through each day with their families end up giving away the little they have in reserve.

A recent war brewing between the United States and China over alleged hack into the former’s Covid-19 vaccine research systems just goes about to tell you no one is exempt from the monster that is Cyber attack.

Furthermore, company’s have had to educate their staffs with regards to working from home and handling logins both on personal and public computers as any major breakthrough in user data could finally result in giving away company information which isin’t really a worthy report.

FBI says Internet users should always use good cyber hygiene and security measures when they are online.

According to the law enforcement agency, the following five(core) tips are vital for any Internet user to protect themselves and help limit the rate of cybercrime activity:

  1. Do not open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don’t recognize no matter how tempting the message contained is.
  2. Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, BVN, financial data, or other personal information in response to an email or robocall from a random individual.
  3. Always verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type them into your browser. If possible Google search the address name categorically before clicking through.
  4. Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link (for example, an address that should end in a “.gov” ends in .com” instead).
  5. If you believe you are the victim of an Internet scam or cyber crime, or if you want to report suspicious activity, don’t hesitate to contact the institution involved ASAP.

Internet fraud is a monster that won’t just go away yet but with staying safe, careful and regulating our online footprints, we could save lives and cooperations at large.

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Twitter announces new “Retweets with comments” feature for iOS

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Twitter is making it easier to keep track of quoted tweets by announcing a new way for its iOS users to see how people are reacting to their tweets.

In a tweet , Twitter announced the launch of the new feature. It said, “Now on iOS, you can see Retweets with comments all in one place.” To view them, tap on Retweets under your tweet.

Here, you will see two sections, one with comments and the other without comments. It will make it simpler for people to respond to their followers who used the “Retweet with comment” button on their tweet.

Known reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong had written just days ago that the feature was being tested on Android by Twitter.

Her post had displayed that the number of retweets and the number of retweets with comments will be shown separately under a tweet.

However, in the update shared by Twitter, it can be seen that the number of both types of retweets on a tweet is shown together under a tweet and segregation is done after tapping on the Retweets button.

This new feature comes 5 years after the Retweet with comment feature was launched to allow users to quote-tweet by embedding another tweet under their post. Before that, we all had to copy-paste the tweet URL that they wanted to quote.

Good old days though…

Twitter announces new  "Retweets with comments" feature for iOS 8

Now all you have to do is simply tap on Retweets under your Twitter post after which you will be able to see a list of all the retweets with comments making it easier for you to interact with your followers.

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