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How To Check Your Vote Registration On Voters Roll Online

Applications, News, Security, What's Hot
You can now check online if you are registered to vote in the upcoming general elections.  Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has recruited the services of technology so that prospective voters can save time by going to designated locations to check if they are registered. How do I check If I’m registered? You simply need to follow this link or just type the address: http://bvrinspection.zec.org.zw:4328/zecvr2/ When the page opens, you put your surname first  And then you put your National ID or the serial number you were given when you registered for the BVR (Biometric Voter Registration) Then hit enter, and you see for yourself if you are registered The following info should display If any of the information displayed is incorrect
Entrepreneur Writes To Strive Masiyiwa And POTRAZ, Says Econet Stole His Idea

Entrepreneur Writes To Strive Masiyiwa And POTRAZ, Says Econet Stole His Idea

News, Security, Start Ups, Telecomms
When startups pitch to big companies there is usually some fear on their end as they are afraid of getting their ideas stolen and them being left in the dust. One such person who claims they were affected by this is Ignatius Munengwa. He claims Econet stole an idea he pitched to them back in 2011. Last year, he took the telecommunications giant to court over the issue (the issue is not yet resolved in court) and it seems now he is back! He has sent a letter of complaint to POTRAZ (the regulator for all telecommunication companies in the country) over the same issue and seems to be fighting his battle on two fronts now. A quick recap… In 2011 M Comm pitched a security response product called ‘Panic Button.’ This product was supposed to be linked to security companies’ rapid response
Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Collects Data on Non-Users

Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Collects Data on Non-Users

News, Security, Social Media
We've already learned quite a bit from Mark Zuckerberg's grilling on Capitol Hill. But Zuckerberg also revealed another fact that is sure to worry anyone who doesn't use Facebook. As many already suspected, Facebook collects data about non-users, too. During Zuckerberg's Wednesday appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Ben Lujan asked him whether or not Facebook collected data on users who did not have an account. "In general we collect data on people who are not signed up for Facebook for security purposes," Zuckerberg said. Lujan asked if these are what is known as "shadow profiles," but Zuckerberg said he is "not familiar" with that term. Lujan pointed out that, "You've said everyone controls their data, but you're collecting data on people that are
Can Someone Reset Your EcoCash Pin Without Knowing Your Old One?

Can Someone Reset Your EcoCash Pin Without Knowing Your Old One?

Security
Issues that have to do with money have always been sensitive. People quickly panic whenever they figure out that their money is at risk, this is why institutions that deal with money (at whatever level) are ever under scrutiny. As such, EcoCash is one of those… This morning I got a call from a friend who was telling me that the *151*# EcoCash code could let you access your EcoCash menu even without being prompted to provide a pin. This was quite alarming considering that your pin is the only thing that verifies and gives you access to your account. Had EcoCash not been the most used payment platform (more than 90% of transactions in Zimbabwe) we’d have been less worried. Advertisement Also remember that with EcoCash, you can easily have access to your bank account (if linked,
Public Notice: ZIMRA Apologises For Systems Failure, Guarantees To Restore Operations

Public Notice: ZIMRA Apologises For Systems Failure, Guarantees To Restore Operations

Security
ZIMRA’s systems have been down for over a month now. Operations have been heavily affected and the most visibly at the borders, Beitbridge border post to be more precise. This unfortunately is/was the worst time for the system to be down seeing that December always has high traffic coming from South Africa (for the festive season) and hence the losses are unprecedented. Nonetheless, ZIMRA has issued out a public notice in the press apologising and assuring the public that they are on it. Below is the notice as it appeared in the newspaper: ZIMRA SYSTEMS UPDATE The systems utilised by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority’s (ZIMRA) ,stakeholders and clients have not been stable and available as expected, and this has negatively affected operations. The system challen
It Has Taken 12 Years To Come Up With The Cyber Security Bill. Let’s Get It Over And Done With

It Has Taken 12 Years To Come Up With The Cyber Security Bill. Let’s Get It Over And Done With

News, Security
This is a Guest Post and does not necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of Techzim. We have a strong filtering process of what makes it to our blog and are confident that you’ll enjoy the article below. The text below is the body of a letter that was written by ZICT Chairman, Jacob Kudzayi Mutisi and sent to the Speaker of Parliament, the Clerk of Parliament and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on ICT. The letter also went to the Office of the President and Cabinet and the AG’s office. From the computer on your desks, the cars that we drive, and the phones that we carry, the planes we fly, the banks that hold your money, the hospitals that keep us alive and the very infrastructure that makes our Zimbabwe cities run. The basis of our modern lives should be the reaso
A Netflix Television Show, A Catalyst For Teenage Suicide?

A Netflix Television Show, A Catalyst For Teenage Suicide?

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Trigger warning: this article contains language about suicide that some readers may find disturbing. A 15-year old girl died following reports that the teenager committed suicide which the father believes was under the influence of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” and wants the show cancelled as soon as possible. John Herndon, the father of the teenager who took her own life recently told Radar Online, “I’m still completely disgusted”, the father went on to blame Selena Gomez who is believed to be the brains behind the show, financing it. The father told the world that his daughter had been watching the series shortly before her death and he believed 13 Reasons Why was the trigger to her daughter’s suicide. He went on to say “Remember that there are teens out there that are in a little darker
Government to Use Technology to Cut Costs and Reduce Corruption

Government to Use Technology to Cut Costs and Reduce Corruption

Security
Yes again this is an article based on the 2018 National Budget. Sometimes as citizens we do not probe much into these national documents and hence fail to hold public officers accountable to their pronouncements. Consider this to be a stimulant for you to think about what’s going on in our country and to level expectations towards the government. So, in his budget presentation Patrick Chinamasa mentioned the word technology a few times: Security at Government Premises Chinamasa proposed that the government should move away from contracting private companies to provide security services at government buildings and properties which is costing the fiscus $15.3 million per year. He proposes that the police provide this service in the interim. He proceeds to say: Government is, theref
Avondale Police To Install CCTVs Around The Neighbourhood

Avondale Police To Install CCTVs Around The Neighbourhood

Security
If you are a Zimbabwean motorist (well, no, just about anyone who uses the road) you’ll still be heaving a sigh of relief that the police have disappeared from the road. So menacing had they become that court cases were even in the process of being lodged against them to try and ease the rent-seeking behaviour that they’d made us accustomed to. Since the ‘coup-not-coup’ the ZRP have been as scarce as the US dollar and though this brings joy to many of us, sadly thieves and muggers also have been celebrating. Though not just related to the disappearance of the police from the streets there have been challenges in various neighbourhoods, especially ‘smash and grabs’, where thieves have been capitalising for some time now. Mostly targeting vehicles at traffic lights and/or intersections
Zimbabwe Defence Forces And Security Services Being Trained To Fight Cyber Crime

Zimbabwe Defence Forces And Security Services Being Trained To Fight Cyber Crime

Security, What's Hot
One hundred and sixty-three students from the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA), Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ), Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) graduated at the School of Military Police in Bulawayo. They were being trained in online investigations to curb cybercrime. Speaking at the graduation Brigadier-General Fidelis Mhonda said cybercrime was one of the biggest threats that Zimbabwe was facing. Said General Mhonda: Cybercrime is one of the greatest threats now facing our country and has enormous implications for our national security, economic prosperity and public safety. The courses were primarily meant to impart and synchronise investigation techniques in tandem with current crime trends incorporating cyber and white col...
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