Back in the days when we needed little internet activity, you could use your birthday or mom’s address as a password; that was perfectly acceptable. There was no need to create strong passwords or use many of the techniques available today.
Nowadays, with our ever-expanding reliance on the internet for quite a number of things; the best password is one that’s hard to crack and easy to remember.
To protect your online accounts from cybercrimes; here are a few tricks you can use to create strong passwords that are easy to remember:
1. Use initials of a phrase or statement familiar to you
Assuming you have a phrase that always pops up in your head every now and then; for example, “It is what it is”, a password can be IiWiI or iiWII, etc, using the initials of the phrase. However, you might want to add special characters or numbers to strengthen it. No, don’t use your birthday. Instead think of a favorite number or any combination you can easily remember: IIWii%8#, perfect!
2. Rearrange a famous name or familiar word
So you’re a big fan of Lionel Messi or Wizkid or the word “Business” just makes sense to you; why not rearrange these words, say issemlenoil or ssenisub? Even at that, your password is not strong enough, you can apply toggle letters, special characters, and numbers. For example, Business becomes 33eN!sUb and Wizkid becomes K!83iW
3. Use end letters of a favorite song, phrase or whatever
This is similar to our first technique, but this time you’re making use of end-letters. If you love Beyonce’s “Who run the world – Girls!”, nothing stops you from making sdeno! your password. As always, include numbers, special characters, or any other combination. Check this out: on3DsWr7wG100%. I just used end letters plus initials to create that password. A hacker is going to have a real hard time cracking that!
4. Attach different end codes to one password
If you love keeping it simple and can only deal with one password at a time; then we recommend attaching different codes to the end of your password for different online accounts. This is pretty easy to do. Using K!83iW as an example, you can use K!83iWfB for Facebook; K!83iWgM for your Gmail; K!83iWtW for Twitter, etc. Always ensure the combinations are easy to remember but difficult to guess.
5. Use a Password Manger
A Password Manager is an application that stores all your passwords in one place. There are several password managers out there; some perform the sole function of storing your passwords while others equally generate strong passwords when you need them.
If you install a Password Manager on your computer or phone, all you need do is create a master or base password (using any of the techniques above) which would secure the Password Manager; the password manager takes care of generating or storing subsequent passwords you use.
When it comes to top account security, the ultimate advice is to regularly update your passwords at calculated intervals. This is usually the hardest part. Here are a few techniques for updating your password:
Update only your master password (this is easier if you are using a password manager)
Update all your passwords by changing a letter or character or changing their positions
Add the current date of the change to passwords when updating
We hope this helps someone out there get better at creating passwords. Be sure to apply some of these when creating your VTpass password. If you’ve lost or forgotten your VTpass password, learn how to retrieve it right away.
It has been 82 days since La liga suspended fixtures due to the coronavirus pandemic with 11 games left to play. We are all curious about where to watch the games to be played.
LaLiga announced the Spanish top-flight would resume on June 11 starting with a derby match between Sevilla and Real Betis. Matches would take place every day across five weeks so that the season can come to an end by the 19th of July.
DStv and GOtv sports channels would resume the league’s live broadcasts on SuperSports 7 for DStv and SuperSports 4 for GOtv. Subscribe your DStv and GOtv now to catch the action as e dey hot!
In the spirit of footballing excitement, here’s what to expect from the return of La Liga Santander:
Tight Race for the Title
It’s not over yet at the top of the table as Barcelona sits only two points away from Real Madrid. The men in white beat their long time rivals 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu to climb on top of the table; only to lose their position again to Barca when they lost to formidable Real Sociedad.
Sevilla remains in hot pursuit with only 9 points behind Madrid and one point away from Real Sociedad. 3 straight losses for any of Barcelona or Madrid within 11 games could hand the trophy to teams in third or fourth position.
The race is on! Anything can happen.
Games would very much be played behind closed doors and this would greatly transform the usual electrifying atmosphere of Spanish football.
For clubs with 60,000+ capacity like Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Athletico Madrid, the quite grounds would tell on players’ mentality as well as clubs’ finance.
For clubs with smaller capacity but powerful fan-pulled atmospheres like Real Betis and Athletico Bilbao, home games might be a bit boring to watch; not counting how badly this would affect players’ spirit.
Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard who underwent surgery on a broken foot in March and Barcelona’s top ace, Luis Suarez who operated his right knee in January are both set to return fully for the rest of the games.
The injuries would have seen them out for the rest of the season had it been the suspension never happened. Now they would play out the season with their teammates. The question remains: how would these heavyweights players influence the game for their respective clubs?
The past three months have been horrible for the world of football due to the global pandemic. The king of sports was suspended in many leagues globally, pending the die down of Coronavirus, and fans just can’t wait for its resumption.
Our fight over Covid-19 took a winning edge two months back, enough to allow the resumption of minor economic activities as well as sports world over. Since then, football fans have been looking over their shoulders expectantly.
Major leagues are officially scheduled to resume at several dates in the month of June! German Bundesliga officially resumed on May 16 and gave everyone a headstart of what to expect from post-pandemic football:
How Football might be different post-pandemic
No fans in the stands. Football resumption would see matches been played behind closed doors. Only players, team staffs, technical people, news crews, police, stadium workers, and a few others would be allowed into stadiums on match days.
Sanitization before substitution. It’s weird but players coming into an on-going game might have to sanitize themselves before stepping on the pitch. The usual hand-claps or embraces between the out-going and incoming players would stop for now.
Wearing face marks. The opening derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke had players on the bench putting on face masks and sitting two feet away from each other. This protective measure can equally apply to other leagues upon resumption.
Solo goal celebration. Goals make football and celebrating them adds to the fun. However, players may be advised to keep from touch/contact styles of celebration as seen from Haaland’s goal against Schalke.
Official Resumption dates of Major Leagues
Now to the main gist, here are dates of football resumption for the top 3 European leagues:
Known as the king of European football, the EPL is set to return on June 17 with a heavyweight match in the offing: Manchester City Vs Arsenal! Eyebrows are raised as to how the first EPL match after over 90 days would look like.
Liverpool FC is top of the table and with just 3 wins away from the trophy, the famous league action is set to focus more on the adrenaline run among clubs for top four Championship League qualification!
Spanish La Liga Santander
Favorite among lovers of technical gameplay, La Liga would make an earlier return than the EPL. The famous, hotly contested derby match between Real Betis and Sevilla would restart the league on June 11.
Defending champions Barcelona are two points ahead of Real Madrid at the top of the table with 11 matches remaining.
The top-4 quest is tighter than ever this season with Real Sociedad, Sevilla, Getafe, and Athletico de Madrid all punching hard for a place in 2021 Champions League!
Italian Seria A
Everyone would understand if Seria A authorities decide to terminate the unfinished 2019/20 season, but that’s not the case. Lovers of tactical defensive football can smile with relief as Seria A action would return on 20th June.
The announcement was made by the country’s sports minister, Vincenzo Spadafora. With leaders Juventus just one point clear second-placed Lazio, there are still a lot of title-claiming actions to see.
UEFA Champions League
We decided to save the best for the last. While fans of different leagues are excited at the return of their favorite football, all eyes are itching to see the completion of the top-flight competition.
When Athletico de Madrid performed a stunt against Liverpool at Anfield in a match that saw them win 3-2, fans simply knew the 2019/2020 Champions League was set to provide top entertainment in the final rounds.
We would have to wait longer as UEFA announced that the Champions League would likely resume on August 7-8.
The French Ligue Un was ended with PSG announced winners while the Dutch Eredivisie was named null: no winners, no relegations.
To catch all of the footballing actions returning, subscribe your GOtv, DStv, or StarTimes decoder. Don’t wait to be told of the showdowns.
The grandmaster of data is back with another one: the Glo 4x bonus recharge promo! We are excited as you are because this promo allows Glo customers to enjoy up to 4 times the value of any recharge they make. This bonus offer is available on all prepaid tariff platforms and all subscribers can enjoy this.
Glo 4x bonus airtime plan offers customers four times the value of their electronic recharge of any of the following amounts: N150, N250, N550, N1,050, 3,050, N5,050 and N10,050. If you do an e-Top up of an amount that is not mentioned above, you will not receive the bonus.
The 4x bonus recharge can be used to call and send SMS to all networks in Nigeria, browse, and make international calls up to 23 countries including; Bangladesh, Brunei, Canada, China, Denmark, French Guiana, Guam, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Luxembourg, Malta, Mongolia, Norway, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, UK, and the US.
Note that the airtime bonus cannot be used to buy data. Well, Glo knows Nigerians are better awoof lovers, lol!
How to get Glo 4x airtime bonus
To receive the Glo 4x bonus, simply dial *323*PIN# on your phone or top-up electronically through ATM, POS terminals, or online right away with VTpass. Remember that your recharge must be within these amounts: N150, N250, N550, N1,050, 3,050, N5,050, and N10,050.
For top-up of N150, you get N600 (that’s extra N450 on your recharge) and for N1,050, o boy! You get N4,200, an extra N3,150 on your recharge.
Here are details of the Glo 4x recharge call rates, SMS rate, and data:
Calls to the 23 international counties – 60kobo per second
Local call rate – 45kobo per second
SMS to local Networks – N4 per SMS
Data rate – N3 per MB
With Glo 4x bonus recharge, you would receive another 4 times bonus amount on a new recharge even if your previous recharge bonus has not been exhausted. However, the bonus value is valid for 14 days or 30 days depending on your recharge. N150 top-up recharge has a validity period of 14 days, while recharges of N550 and above have a validity period of 30 days.
Don’t be left out of this overflowing awoof. Top-up Glo airtime now! To check your 4x bonus, simply dial *122*30#.
So you mistakenly lost your VTpass password and want to recover it? No shame in that, it happens even to the best of us. The tiny little digits that keep many of our digital activities safe are pretty easy to lose or forget. It’s worst when you use numerous passwords online.
Passwords can be annoying but we can’t do without them. One must simply learn how to keep them safe and how to recall them easily when needed. No one wants a hacker on their trail, that can be scary.
That’s why at VTpass, we made it exceptionally easy for you to get a new password when you forget or lose your current one. Before we dive right into that, you should take a look at 3 simple ways to keep, and never lose or forget, your passwords:
Ok, this may seem like a lot of work, but trust us it works. If you have a hard time remembering all your passwords, simply writing them down in a small jotter you always carry with you, or neatly saving them in your phone’s using a Notes app, can go a long way.
We recommend a Notes app simply because it is easier to copy and paste and accessible at any time.
2. Use Password Managers
Tech has made life easy, and when it comes to passwords, even easier! If you don’t like the idea of noting your passwords, simply make use of a password manager. Password managers are applications that allow you to stores passwords and retrieve them at any time, just like Google Password Manager.
All you have to do is create a master password only you can remember as your password to your password manager. Whenever you create an account doing any online activity, simply store your login details in your password manager. You can download a password management app from Google PlayStore or AppStore.
3. Re-use passwords on similar web activities
Yes, we agree that it is wrong to use a password more than once, but it’s actually easier to remember a password is you are using it to secure two or three online accounts that are related. We are talking about using one password for your emails (maximum of three), one password for your social media accounts (max of three), etc.
When you use one password on related web activities, it is easier to remember. However, never use a password for more than three related web accounts. When it comes to online payments, banking, and wallets, etc, never reuse a password!
So what do you do when you lose or forget your VTpass password? The answer is to simply reset your password! That easy. You cannot retrieve a lost or forgotten VTpass password, but you can always reset it to a password you can remember.
To reset your VTpass password, follow these steps;
A new password will be sent to you via mail and SMS with instructions on resetting your password. Follow the instruction in the mail or SMS sent to you to successfully reset your password. We advise you change the password to the one you can easily remember after you login.
VTpass agency programs are renowned for their dynamism, freedom of options, and highly rewarding design. That’s because we offer you six (6) unique ways to become a VTpass agent out of which you can select more than one way and earn unlimitedly.
Most people know 4 out of the ways to become a VTpass agent, but not everyone about the other 2 exclusive ways to partner with us. These other two are exclusive simply because they involve either technical skills or a larger network of people to operate. This is where the big boys play, but hey! Absolutely anyone can join the game and earn big too.
In this article, we would cover everything you need to know about the second exclusive club: how to become a VTpass Trade Partner. To learn about the second exclusive club, see how to become a VTpass API agent.
Who is a VTpass Trade Partner?
VTpass Trade partners are basically agents whose sole purpose is to recruit other agents under them and earn on every transaction these agents carry out. Your business is to help create businesses for others while earning at the same time. Yes, a Terminal Agent can equally be a Trade Partner!
Statistically, you can earn as high as two hundred and
fifty thousand Naira (N250,000) monthly just by creating Terminal Agents under
you. However, this is tantamount to how serious your down-lines are.
Another amazing benefit on the Trade Partner feature is
that there are no limits to how much you can earn as your earnings depends on
the amount and volume of transactions your down-lines carry out and the
earnings are more spread. Also, there are no time limits as to how long you can
continue to earn on your down-lines as you can earn infinitely!
Ready to become a Trade Partner?
What You Enjoy as a VTpass Trade Partner
Unlimited earnings potentials
Passive income potential (earn on the activities of your agents even when you are not there)
Active income (earn equally as a terminal agent on profits and personal commissions)
Online and/or onsite training and sensitizations.
24/7 technical support system available for you
24/7 customer support personals to answer your requests
Participate in VTpass agents’ giveaways and loyalty bonuses
Notification of new services and features to improve your business
How to Become a Trade Partner
It’s totally free and easy to become a Trade Partner, all
you have to do is:
We love data, don’t we? The invisible glue that connects us to the internet while draining the life out of our wallets as well. Love or hate it, data has become as important as the food we eat. That is why we must learn to manage it efficiently. Many apps we use on our devices contain data-saving settings to help you manage data. The problem is, we just don’t know where to look.
In a previous article, we covered smart ways to save big on mobile data; in this article, we have detailed out data-saving settings on popular apps that you should apply right away if you are looking to browse more data efficiently:
Video autoplay consumes the most data on Facebook. You can turn-off autoplay by doing the following:
Tap Menu (the three lines buttons) in the top right.
Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy > Settings.
Scroll down and tap Media and Contacts (for iPhones users, you would select Videos and Photos before you proceed)
Select Never Autoplay Videos.
You can control how fast Facebook pictures loads by adjusting how many photos you want to see. To do this:
Tap Settings & Privacy at the bottom of the screen.
Tap Edit next to Data Usage.
Choose Less or Normal or More
By default, Instagram preloads videos so they start faster whenever possible. To use less data on Instagram:
Go to your profile and tap the Menu button (the three-line icon)
Tap Settings below the Menu page.
Tap Account > Cellular Data Use.
Next to Use Less Data (iPhone) or Data Saver (Android), toggle on.
Videos sent to you on WhatsApp can download automatically even when you don’t want to play it? To disable video autoplay on WhatsApp:
Tap the three vertical dots on the top right > Settings.
Now tap Chat settings > Media auto-download. (You’ll see three options: When using cellular data, When connected on Wi-Fi and When roaming)
Tap each one and disable auto-downloads by unchecking all three options – Images, Audio, and Video.
For iPhone users:
Open WhatsApp and tap the Settings button at the bottom-right, and tap on Data and Storage Usage.
In this menu, you will see the Media Auto-Download option on the top.
For Photos, Audio, Videos, and Documents, select the Never option.
Like Facebook, Twitter also has an autoplay feature embedded in the app. You can disable this by following these steps:
Go to your Twitter profile icon
Click on Settings and Privacy
Select Data Usage
Set video autoplay to Never
The video king app consumes a lot more data than most apps. To limit data usage on YouTube:
Tap on your profile icon on the option right corner
Click on General
Turn on Limit Mobile Data Usage
Apps auto-updates over mobile data are the main data drainer when it comes to PlayStore. You can choose to auto-update only over Wi-Fi or never auto-update. To disable mobile data auto-updates, do the following:
Click on Menu > Settings
Click on Auto-update Apps
Select Auto-update Apps over Wi-Fi Only (or you can choose Do Not Auto-Update Apps)
Similar to PlayStore, apps on iPhone would auto-update by default unless you disable this feature or set it to Wi-Fi only. To do this:
Go to Settings on your iPhone
Click on iTunes and App Store
Turn off the apps you do not want to update
Turn off auto-update over mobile data below the menu
Manage your Sync Settings
While this is not an app, it is important to know that Google on Andriod and Apple on iPhone regularly sync with your phone data such as videos and pictures automatically. This is to provide backing and retrieval of data in case you lost your device, but it equally consumes a lot of data.
To manage your sync settings on Andriod:
Go to Settings
Click on Account Option
Click on the App whose sync settings you want to adjust
Turn off sync on apps you don’t need synchronizing
For iPhone users:
Connect your device to a computer
Select your connected device from the Top device button
Go to Options in Summary Sections
Disable Automatic sync when this iPhone is connected
Close iTunes for change to take effect
Hopefully, these details save you more data for efficient browsing. Don’t forget that these settings apply to all mobile networks: MTN, Airtel, 9mobile, and Glo. If you are using a Wi-Fi connection such as Smile, you might need to go through the Wi-Fi settings to see how to manage data or reach out to Smile support.
The new feature is especially exciting because it takes away the stress of waiting and waiting for manual crediting of wallet after making payment. Trust me, I know how that feels. Ugh!!
Our recent survey shows that users are really enjoying the VTpass Instant Wallet Funding feature. As a user myself, I can attest to how fast, easy, and convenient the process is. Here’s what you get to enjoy once you activate this feature:
You would be able to make transfer to your VTpass wallet in a flash
Payment for services you enjoy is a lot faster because there is always credit in your account. I mean, why pay with card every now and then with all the time it takes, when you can credit your wallet instantly and make payments faster anytime, anywhere?
The process is entirely safe and secured. Your account information is powerfully secured by VTpass and you would never experience payment failures, hanging cash, unsolicited debits, etc.
You are in total control of your money! Fund your wallet when you want to and buy services when you want to. VTpass would NEVERtamper with your wallet balance or force a transfer from your bank!
The beautiful thing about this is that it is absolutely easy to activate Instant Wallet Funding on your account! Simply follow these four steps to hop onboard:
Log on to VTpass website at www.vtpass.com and then log in using your username and password
Then click “My Account” at the top right corner of the page
Click on the “KYC and BVN Info” button, fill the form, and submit.
Finally, click on the “Business Info” button, fill the form, and submit.
Now once your details are verified, your Instant Wallet funding account number will be generated which you can view on the “My Account” page after 1 hour. So come back after 1 hour of activation to get your wallet account number.
Anytime you make a transfer to this account number, your VTpass wallet would be credited instantly, ready for use whenever you wish to pay for services you enjoy. Don’t forget to keep your account number safe and handy for easy access when you need to fund your wallet.
For more information, kindly chat with VTpass customer support unit on the LiveChat platform or call 08138752358.
The 1st of May of every year is officially recognized as a holiday for government workers and employees of certain private companies whose management granted the day off to celebrate Worker’s Day.
The same applies to Nigeria where workers greatly appreciate the 24-hours break they get from work, especially when it comes in the middle of the week or on a Friday.
Established on May 1st, 1890 after the International Congress of Socialist Parties in Europe on July 14th, 1889 proclaimed the first of every May as “Workers Day of International Unity and Solidarity”, the Worker’s day holiday has come a long way with a long history attached.
However, this year’s Worker’s day comes to us with no excitement as workers simply aren’t in the holiday mood.
With the recent COVID-19 outbreak that has forced governments to temporarily shut down economies, increase spendings on health and security, and enforced the ‘Stay At Home’ rule, workers are feeling less enthusiastic to spend one more day on holiday. Everyone wants to return to work as soon as possible, making the famous May Day look like something we would rather scrap off the calenders.
Those in the frontline of our battle against the pandemic might have a different feeling. Health workers, security personals and those offering essential services might not get the day off today as their services are of extreme importance to everyone at this period. They are the ones truly in need of 2020’s May Day.
Twitterand Facebook have been exploding with compliments and appreciation of workers in these lines and it is only necessary we show more of these appreciations. We simply cannot do without our health workers and other essential service providers at this moment.
So here we are, celebrating a holiday that doesn’t feel like a holiday. Our only hope is to swiftly overcome the disease that has paralyzed the world this long so that when next we celebrate May Day, everyone can look back to 2020 and appreciate the importance of man’s service to man.
As part of our appreciation of workers, VTpass remains committed to providing top-notch services as regards stress-free, convenient bills payment, so you can focus on doing things that really matter to you.