Dr. Herbert Gustav Yankson, Director of Cyber Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has revealed that, Ghana lost 97 million dollars due to Cybercrime as at August this year.
Cyber Crime, Dr. Yankson said was affecting Ghana’s economy and however, underscored the need to put in place proper mechanisms to fight against the menace.
He made the revelation whilst addressing students at the Tamale Senior High School. Dr. Yankon, seized the opportunity to advise the students to be careful of the type of friend requests they accept on social media especially on Facebook.
The gravity of the cybercrime, he said compelled the Ministry of Communications to embark on the Regional Sensitization Awareness Campaign among stakeholders and the youth in the Senior High Schools.
According to him, the cybersecurity Centre has observed the need for cyber education following the fact that they need to enlighten them on the danger it can pose now and in the future.
He urged students to use passwords to protect online accounts to prevent people from accessing their accounts without their consent. He added that, passwords to their social media accounts must be a secret.
Dr. Yankson emphasised the need for everyone online to be aware of the risks to cyberattacks and called on the students to be responsible for dealings online.
He discouraged students from sharing critical information with strangers online including nude pictures, location and daily activities.
He also mentioned the direction to pornographic sites, cyber bullying and online fraud as some of the treats children using the internet are exposed to.
Meanwhile, he advised teachers and students on the importance of Cyber Hygiene practices to prevent them from falling victims to internet predators and also ensuring a safe digital Ghana.