African broadband growth could lead to higher spam rates

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More internet users equals more threats.

Broadband connections in Africa could lead to higher spam threats to the rest of the world, according to PineApp.

PineApp claimed that as Africa gets up to speed and connects itself to the western world, it also needs to make sure it has the security precautions in place to protect its systems and information. It urged businesses to take the necessary precautions to ensure their security solutions are up-to-date as the broadband explosion and increased IP address allocations could result in a rise in email-born threats.

A company spokesperson said: “The broadband explosion in East Africa will transform local economies and help to bring the region into the global economy but as with any new internet connection, the more people using the web could result in a greater number of security threats to businesses.

“As connections are made and more people log online, IT managers should be carefully evaluating their security solutions to ensure that they have the appropriate measures in place to protect against current and potential threats.

“Most internet users will know that 419 scams, more commonly known as Nigerian Letters, are spam, but as a vendor it is our responsibility to educate our customers and allow them to accurately assess the risks they could be exposed to. With the right solution in place, the emerging threats from Africa should not be a problem.”

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