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Add an extra layer of security to protect your information

Add an extra layer of security to protect your information

By André le Roux

Public Relations Manager at Bank Windhoek

In this digitally connected era, hackers are always on the lookout to gain access to you valuable private information. For safety and security of your information, it is always a good idea to be proactive by adding an extra layer of protection to your online accounts.

Since passwords are not entirely reliable, protective tool such as a Two-Step verification or authentication can guard your information.

A Two-Step authentication process asks for more than just your password. It requires something that you know (password) and “something that you have”, like your cell phone.

Two-step, or two-factor authentication protects your accounts by requiring you to provide an additional piece of information after you give your password to get access to your account. In the most common implementation, after correctly entering your password, an online service will send you a text message with a unique string of numbers that you will need to slot in to get access to your account.

This ensures that your online account stays within your control. Bank Windhoek’s iBank platform also employs an additional layer of protection with its E-Secure Token.

This device provides a “One-Time-PIN” (OTP), which should be used to access the Internet Banking site, together with your username and password. Each OTP is only valid for a single session. Therefore, the E-Secure Token should be used to generate an OTP with every login.

Services which offer Two-Step verification include: Google/Gmail, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Evernote, Microsoft Accounts, Yahoo! Mail, LinkedIn and WordPress.

This list is not exhaustive, but if you are aware that some of your online accounts offer this service, it would be in your best interest to do so. If you don’t already have two-step authentication enabled on your all your accounts, you really need to turn it on for all sensitive data stored online.


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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.