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Digital Wellness 101: Taking Control of Your Life Online

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Most people use all the advantages that modern technologies offer. Technology is constantly changing and evolving, allowing us to witness incredible advances in security, safety, transportation, business, architecture, education, medicine, healthcare, communications, etc.

Technology is the answer to the problems facing the modern world these days, but it always comes with some risks. While you have a lot of freedom to learn, connect with others, and find affordable entertainment online, you are also a target for cybercriminals.

With that in mind, let’s look at some of the ways you can take control of your online life.

Leading a digital life can leave certain consequences on a person

While the internet made the world more connected than ever before, it has also made people feel under pressure, depressed, stressed, anxious, fatigued, and simply overwhelmed by constantly dealing with loads of information.

Whether you’re studying, working, just checking your device, browsing websites, or spending time on social media, you’re either experiencing pressure from being constantly connected or dealing with other risks, such as cybersecurity threats. Thankfully, there are certain things you can do to take control of your life online and usher in a new era of digital wellness for yourself.

Social media and you

While social media can do so many great things for you, it can also negatively impact your life, mood, and wellbeing. It can become as addictive as alcohol or tobacco.

Even though your favorite social media platforms allow you to connect with your peers and express your thoughts on various subjects, they can also be mentally challenging, exhausting, even depressing.

Too much social media can cause various mood disorders, including anxiety, stress, and depression. It can cause loneliness and feelings of low self-worth, even self-loathing. Fortunately, you can reduce compulsive behaviors and negative emotions associated with social media use by taking control of your social media life online:

  • Set clear goals and intentions on what you want from social media.
  • Limit the time you spend online each day.
  • If someone or something makes you feel bad about yourself, eliminate it from your online life.
  • Don’t believe everything you read on social media and ask yourself if the stories you read there can make your life better in any way.
  • Instead of judging someone online, try to find the morale of the other person’s life choices.
  • Don’t compete or compare yourself to others because social media isn’t a competition; it’s just entertainment.

Try to shift your online focus on the things that you find interesting and that make you feel happy and good about yourself instead of absorbing all the negative aspects of everything around you.

Online dating and you

Online dating websites took the world by storm, gathering billions of people from every corner of the planet. While these sites and apps can help people find serious relationships, friends, and everything in between, they can also put them at risk in terms of privacy and safety.

Online dating scams are on the rise, and hackers are constantly coming up with innovative ways to get their hands on your personal information and financial details.

Online dating can endanger your safety, expose you to fraud, put you at risk of ransomware or photo or video blackmail, phishing attacks, and identity theft, among many other things.

If you’re looking for a date online, keep the following things in mind:

  • Avoid oversharing your personal information online.
  • Do some research on the common red flags in online dating.
  • Check your date on social media and Google before you meet in person.
  • Meet in public spaces only and let everyone know where you’re going.
  • Only use strong passwords and create a different username and password for your online accounts.

Learn how to protect yourself from cyber threats

There are countless forms of cyber threats on the internet, and they are constantly evolving just as the internet is. However, there is also an array of things you can do to avoid these threats, such as:

  • Do not reveal too much information about yourself. For instance, you might enjoy posting about your life on social media. However, there are certain things that you should keep private. Never share your location in real time as it could allow vicious individuals to take advantage of this information.
  • Always use antivirus software and make sure your device is up to date with the latest safety and security updates. After all, vulnerabilities could allow attackers to compromise your device, steal data, or infect you with malware.
  • Protect your IP address by using a VPN or a proxy. While proxies can offer a certain level of protection online, VPNs are more effective when it comes to hiding your IP and masking your physical location. An Atlas VPN app is an excellent option for adding another layer of protection to your online traffic and keeping your browsing activities to yourself.

All it takes is a bit of planning and some simple tools to stay safe online, so don’t neglect your cybersecurity.

Conclusion

It isn’t that hard to stay safe online, but it does require a certain amount of knowledge about how the internet works and the proper cybersecurity protocols. If you stick to these tips and do some research on your own on how to keep your data and identity safe online, you won’t have to worry about your digital wellness ever again.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Bybit NFT Marketplace to Allow Multi-chain Transactions

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Bybit NFT Marketplace

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

One of the world’s fastest-growing cryptocurrency exchanges, Bybit, has launched its non-fungible token (NFT) platform that aims to streamline digital ownership and support the development of blockchain gaming and the metaverse.

The platform called Bybit NFT Marketplace will allow users to conduct multi-chain transactions, making it easy for them to participate in the exciting NFT, GameFi, and metaverse marketplaces.

Bybit’s secure and reliable infrastructure means that NFT collectors can verify the authenticity and the chain of custody of their favourite NFTs, making it easy for users to authenticate their origin and value.

As a result, users of the exchange will not be required to link their personal wallet addresses to the platform. Instead, they can buy, sell or trade NFTs on the Ethereum ERC-721 standard through their Bybit spot accounts — opening the door to digital ownership to collectors of all knowledge and skill levels.

To further spur interest among the community, Bybit is launching campaigns featuring exclusive NFTs from Monsters Galaxy, ONBD and REALY as its debut into the NFT world.

Inspired by crowd favourites like Pokémon and Monster Hunter, Monsters Galaxy is a social role-playing mobile game developed by Gaia Online that allows players to participate in epic monster battles with their teams of monsters, or capture wild monsters. So far, it has attracted over 25 million players across the globe to be part of its fanbase.

As a curatorial brand and incubator focused on discovering, conceptualizing and realizing NFT projects, ONBD collaborates with crypto-native artists and traditional artists alike to onboard them to the metaverse. The first series from ONBD on the Bybit NFT Marketplace features more than 100 unique NFT artworks from nine artists from around the world.

The REALY Metaverse, also known as KOOOLA virtual city, is a lively metaverse inspired by the street culture where users can meet, trade and play games in a fully immersive experience. Players will get to interact with real-life brands and scenarios in the virtual world as avatars (e.g. purchase and wear virtual clothing by real-world brands).

“While some may be sceptical of the investment value of NFTs, it remains a fact that NFTs not only make it possible for everyone to participate in and appreciate digital ownership but also enable artists and creators to exercise control over the ownership of their work,” said Ben Zhou, co-founder and CEO of Bybit. “We are excited to provide a premier NFT platform for Bybit users, so they can be part of the creation of a new marketplace and new world called the metaverse.”

“The Monster Galaxy series has a rich legacy and an established fanbase in mobile gaming. Our aim is to nurture and grow this community, as we lead them into a blockchain-enabled Web 3.0 ecosystem.

“Bybit’s NFT Marketplace is focused on creating a seamless user experience for new users of crypto, backed by their robust infrastructure and deep exchange liquidity which make them the ideal partners for our maiden NFT collection drop. We look forward to working closely with their team,” said James Cao, founder and CEO of Monster Galaxy.

“ONBD is proud to be building a strong Web 3.0 community of dedicated artists and collectors of the highest calibre. We are very excited to be working with Bybit and their new world-class NFT Marketplace to engage with their community and introduce our internationally renowned artists to a new audience,” said Eva Ren, founder and CEO of ONBD.

“REALY’s goal is to be at the forefront of the street culture metaverse and we are very excited to achieve this milestone with Bybit, which is known for its deep liquidity and their no-downtime commitment. The Bybit NFT Marketplace is a clear choice for us to debut our street culture NFTs,” said George Yang, founder and CEO of REALY.

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Nigerian Developer to Launch New First-person Shooter Game

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NCHE: The Escape

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

A Nigerian developer, Mr Okolie Uchechukwu, will launch a new first-person shooter game, NCHE: The Escape, on Monday, March 14, 2022.

A statement from Mr Uchechukwu disclosed that the mobile game, a product of an inquisitive mind, entails the player using the resources available to make his way through lasers and zombies in the quest for survival.

According to him, a test was carried out last year and based upon the feedback, he and a co-developer, Cleec Designs, an indie studio based in Nigeria, improved the skill balance, gameplay experience for both android and IOS devices, and boosted the overall graphics and UI design.

He stated that the online showcase uploaded via his official YouTube channel has gathered interest from fans of the genre across the world.

When officially unveiled in less than two months’ time, game lovers would be able to download and play NCHE: The Escape for free by both iOS and Android users.

Mr Uchechukwu further explained that NCHE: The Escape thrusts players into a mysterious mental facility where escape is seemingly impossible.

“You’ll have to keep your wits about you as you try to find a means to escape. As the perfect icing to the cake, the facility is overrun by bloodthirsty zombies, so making it out of the place alive is indeed a challenge.

“Players will go through a series of eerie levels each time, encountering zombies, picking up defence supplies, and avoiding the lasers. NCHE: The Escape places players in a strange mental facility where the existence of life is unthinkable.

“So, making your way through the facility overrun by violent zombies will be a challenging task. Players can pick up guns and ammo on their way as they move ahead in levels, in search of their way to escape.

“The hitch here is that players have to be critical when using their weapons as ammo is limited. They will come across moving lasers and zombies that can be shot down any moment but sometimes simply dodging them would be a better alternative for players to make it through the advancing intense levels.

“The difficulty level increases with every progress as players will find it more and more challenging to withstand the approaching obstacles,” he added.

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Nigeria to Launch Another Satellite in Space Soon—FG

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NigComSat

By Adedapo Adesanya

The federal government has disclosed that it plans to launch another satellite through the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat) before the end of the year.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr Isa Pantami, during a tour of facilities at the agency’s base in Abuja.

He said: “That approval of federal government which I have secured has been forwarded to NigComSat. Now, it is on the table of NigComSat to answer that question. I want to make sure that as I said that 2022 is NigComSat year along with NIPOST. I want to make sure that all work in progress must be completed by 2022.

“As I said earlier, 2022 has been dedicated to NigComSat and NIPOST, and I want to do the best I can to improve what we have achieved in the previous years.

“I recently approved two subsidiaries of NigComSat and I am here to supervise what they have been doing, and I discovered some areas where we need to work to improve their performance significantly.”

He also stated that for the agency not to be considered for privatisation again, it must provide quality service and generate good revenue for the federal government.

He added: “Before I was made the Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), there was the Oronsaye report which recommended for the scrapping of NITDA. But when I was able to turn things around from a generation of N7 billion to N19 billion in a year, no one talks about scrapping NITDA again.

“So, if you are able to turn things around, render quality service and generate income, no one will talk of privatising your company again.”

On her part, the Director-General, NigComSat, Mrs Abimbola Alike, appreciated the Minister for his immense support.

Mrs Alike stated: “We all know what our budget used to be N200 million-N300m, for a company that needs capital after overhead.

“He stood for us and said there must be something good in NigComSat because he is a man who believes that we can actually turn around NigComSat.”

She assured Mr Pantami of the agency’s readiness to deliver quality service and generate revenue to justify his efforts at revitalising the agency.

According to her, this year, Nigerians would see new significant changes that will make them know that NigComSat is a new company that can compete with its global counterparts.

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