How To Check/Retrieve Your Gtbank Account Number Via SMS Using Your Mobile Phone

How To Check/Retrieve Your Gtbank Account Number Via SMS Using Your Mobile Phone.you can retrieve your gtbank account number via sms.if you've forgotten your account number and you want to make use of it for urgent transaction, instead of going to the bank, calling customer care service to retrieve it, all you need to do is to pick up your phone and send a text message to gtbank customized number and immediately, you will get a message containing your gtbank account number.you save time and money going to their branch or making phone calls to customer service.so if you've forgotten or did not have your bank account number stored in your mobile phone, you can make use of this to retrieve it back.here is how to get your gtbank account number via SMS Using Your Mobile Phone.
 

Note that sms charges may applied when making use of this service.its not free.you will need to have airtime/credit on your mobile phone before sending the text message.at least like #10 airtime should be on your phone.follow the steps below to get it done.

How To Retrieve Your Gtbank Account Number Via SMS

to check it, send the word

myaccount to 08076665555

immediately you send the message, you will receive a message that contains your gtbank account number.

Note that you must use the phone number used in creating your gtbank account else you won't get any message.this is due to security issue.

How To Buy Airtime Recharge Card For Friends & Family From Your Mobile Phone Using Gtbank : No Internet Required

How To Buy Airtime Recharge Card From Your Mobile Phone Using Gtbank : No Internet Required. recently gtbank have just introduced buying of recharge card airtime for friends and family using your mobile phone without internet connection.you can carry out the task by simply dialing a specific number given by gtbank which will enable you carry out the transaction.it works just like share and sell credit transfer but this time your bank account will be debited.all you have to do is to use the persons phone number in the transfer code and immediately, the recipient will receive the airtime from gtbank platform regardless of the mobile network operator you are making use of.to do this, follow the steps below.How To Buy Airtime Recharge Card From Your Mobile Phone Using Gtbank : No Internet Required

Note that this only works with the phone number you used when you created your gtbank account.it won't work if the sim you used is not attached to your gtbank account.i don't mean the recipient number.just follow the steps below

How To Buy Airtime Recharge Card From Your Mobile Phone Using Gtbank : No Internet Required

==> dial *737*amount*persons number# . Then send it,example *737*100*08031234567# . the friend or individual you want to transfer airtime to will receive it.

Well, my opinion on this is that you should be careful on how you keep your phone exposed to friends and family due to security reason. I expected gtbank to be wise on this features,though its a welcome development but the features is not complete without authentication code.

At least the owner of the account should be able to have a password/passcode inserted to initiate the transfer because anyone could just pick up the phone and dial it.

Just imagine some one like me who knows about this, i can easily pick up my friends or family members phone and do a transfer without their noticed.

At the end of it, they will start questioning gtbank of deducting their money without their consent.

As a result of this, to prevent it, gtbank should add authentication code to initiate the transfer else, this innovation is not complete.

So if you are making use of this features, then be wise to keep your phone close to you because anyone who knows about this could wreck your bank account.be warned.

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How to Find Your Lost or Stolen Laptop?

Having your laptop stolen is the biggest nightmare anyone can face in the era of our gadget-centric lives. Here are some ways that can help you get back your valuable laptop in case of any theft.

Electronic devices, especially laptops, have become an essential part of our lives rather than a luxury product, that they were considered in the past. Only a mere thought of losing your precious device will give you goose bumps, but what if it really vanishes from your vicinity – thanks to the guy who has the courage to do that magical act.

Jokes apart, in this article we have added some ways that can be used to find your stolen laptop in case of any theft.

Trace your Laptop’s IP address:

The magician who vanished your precious laptop might have the courage to peek into your business. There are great chances, that the person who took your laptop may check your mail account or other services. These services do provide tracking feature that can help you, trace the location and IP address of your device. You can get the device location of your stolen laptop if you use these services:

Gmail:

Just open your Gmail account and move to the bottom of the page. Here you will find “Last Account Activity” written in the bottom left corner of the page. Click “Details” link right below it. A new window will open containing a list of all the recent Gmail sessions of your account, providing IP address and location of the sessions. You can click “Sign Out Of All Other Web Sessions” to protect your Gmail account from further trespassing.

Facebook:

The social networking giant has also provided a feature to track your account activity.

Open “Settings” in your Facebook account and then click “Security” option. You’ll find an option called “Where You’re Logged In”, just click that, and you’ll be presented with details of your Facebook sessions. To know the IP address of any session, just hover on the location name, and it will display the IP address of that session. You can click “End Activity” to log out that particular session or you can click “End All Activity” to log out of all your active Facebook session on any other device.

Dropbox:

Dropbox also provides a session tracking feature. Just sign-in to you Dropbox account and click your name, a drop down menu will appear. Then click on “Settings” option. Click on Security tab, here you’ll find the list of all your active and past sessions. Just hover on the “i” right next to the country name to know the approximate location and similarly, click the “i” next to time (under Most Recent Activity) to know the IP address and time of the session.

Just note down the IP address and location from any of the above sources and contact the police for further assistance.

Prevention is better than cure:

It would be wise enough to be well prepared for such mishaps well in advance. Prey Inc. has come up with an efficient tool that can help you track your device very easily in case of any theft or lost. Though this platform is available for various operating systems like Windows, Mac, Android, and Linux, but we have tested Prey only for the Widows OS.

Here are the steps you need to follow in order to setup Prey:

  1. Go to https://preyproject.com
  2. Click Sign-in and setup your Prey account.
  3. After that, Sign-in to your Prey account and look for a green plus button right next to Your Devices.

Choose your preferred operating system and Prey will start downloading the appropriate application to your device.
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  2. Install the application by clicking the usual next, next, next. It’ll take few minutes to install.
  3. At the end of installation, keep the Set-up Prey check box ticked and click Finish.
  4. A new window will open. Click Existing User option, as you have already created your Prey account.
  5. Enter your login credentials and click Connect, a popup will appear, ”Sweet! Your Computer is now protected by Prey. Try it out or protect an additional device, please visit preyproject.com”.
  6. Click OK and you’re done.
  7. You can track your device online by simply logging into your Prey account in any web browser.
  8. If you lose your device, just log-in to your account and click your lost device in Your Devices section. Then click Set Device To Missing.
  9. A box will appear, set the Report Frequency as per your convenience. Click Advanced Options to find more options. Here you can select, if you want to take snapshots of the person using the device via webcam. Using the snapshot feature may alert the person using the laptop as the webcam LED will blink after regular intervals, creating a suspicious environment for that person.
  10. You can track your device online by simply logging into your Prey account in any web browser.
  11. If you lose your device, just log-in to your account and click your lost device in Your Devices section. Then click Set Device To Missing.
  12. A box will appear, set the Report Frequency as per your convenience. Click Advanced Options to find more options. Here you can select, if you want to take snapshots of the person using the device via webcam. Using the snapshot feature may alert the person using the laptop as the webcam LED will blink after regular intervals, creating a suspicious environment for that person.

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  1. You can track your device online by simply logging into your Prey account in any web browser.
  2. If you lose your device, just log-in to your account and click your lost device in Your Devices section. Then click Set Device To Missing.
  3. A box will appear, set the Report Frequency as per your convenience. Click Advanced Options to find more options. Here you can select, if you want to take snapshots of the person using the device via webcam. Using the snapshot feature may alert the person using the laptop as the webcam LED will blink after regular intervals, creating a suspicious environment for that person.

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  1. option.
  2. Whenever you need to know the current status of your device just click the Maps and Action option in the device section.
  3. When you find your device, just Set Device To Recovered and prey will stop the live tracking of your device.

Prey allows you to lock the device remotely, play alarm, send message in case any humble person may return your laptop, if you have forgotten it somewhere. The only disadvantage of this service is that your laptop must be connected to the internet, and for that, “May the Force be with You”. You can add up to three devices in the free option. To add more devices, you’ll have to purchase their plans.

In case of any theft, it is highly recommended to change your passwords for all the online services that you use to protect your valuable data and privacy.

Keeping your laptop safe is a must in this technology driven world. You can protect your laptop by using these simple methods and it will save your valuable memories that you have collected all over your life. Apart from using these methods, you should always set a password to all of your devices, this will protect your data in case of any theft or if you might forget it somewhere.

 

 

How To Block Spam Messages in Android and iPhone

Just like irritating email spams, SMS spams range from social engineering swindles to unsought advertising. I’m pretty sure that just like me, you too are fed up with these spam rings. Most spam messages prompt users to forward them, contain links and other frustrating hoaxes. Along with the rise of SMS spams, there came many apps on the Android Play Store and Apple Store to filter these spams.
The latest versions of Android and iPhones will let you filter the unwanted numbers easily. Follow these steps to easily block spam messages in Android and iOS:

How To Block Spam Messages in Android?

There are lots of third-party apps available on Android Play Store to block spams, but you can block these irritating numbers using Google’s Hangouts app. Hangouts app can be found easily as it comes pre-installed in your Android phone. If it is not available on your phone, you can download it from here. To block spam messages in your Android, first you need to make Hangouts as your default messaging app.
Make Hangouts as your default messaging app

Settings> More> Default SMS app> Hangouts.
Block spam messages with Hangouts

1. Open Hangouts app. It will automatically import all the old text messages.

2. Now open a spammy message you wish to block.

3. You’ll see three dots at top-right corner, tap it.

4. Now tap on People & options.how-to-block-block-spam-messages-android-iphone-1

5. Now you’ll seeing few options, one of them is Block [number] tap it and again tap at Block.

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Now you have blocked the spammer. If you wish to see any number you blacklisted in past, head back to the home screen of Hangouts app and tap the top-left corner to open the menu bar. You will find out Blocked people option. From there, you can Unblock them in case you changed your mind.
How To Block Spam Messages in iPhone?

Blocking Spam messages in iPhone is quite easy as compared to Android.

1. Open the Messages and tap the Contact.

2. You’ll see the little i button, tap it.

3. Now you will see a contact card for the Spammer.

4. Now scroll down to the bottom and tap at Block this Caller.

Now you have blocked the spammer. If you want to remove or check any of the previously blocked spammers, go to Settings, then Messages and then scroll to the bottom and you will find Blocked option. Swipe it from right to left and tap the red button

Facebook Hacking: How to protect yourself.

It is no surprise by now that everyone has a social media account. However, Facebook is the world’s most renown social media outlet that has over a billion people on it. Hence the reasoning behind so many social scandals wanting to gain access to Facebook.

I actually get asked a lot “How can I hack someone’s Facebook Account?” or “Can you hack this Facebook account for me?”. My answer to those emails are a short response, in which I state “I cannot educate you upon the exploitation of Facebook or www.facebook.com. I will not gain unauthorized access of any social media account for any reason.”

Until now.

Here, I will show you how other “Hackers” are using methods to gain access to your Facebook page, and even inform you on how to prevent yourself from being a victim.

Our first method of gaining access to your Facebook credentials is by means of “Phishing”. No, don’t go get your tackle box and head to the lake.
In order for a hacker to perform a Phishing attack on any one, they would need a hosting services. You can get free hosting services from 110MB or Byet Internet Services.

Once the attacker has setup a free false hosting account, now they will need only 3 files. These files are important to the process as they are login.php, Phishing.php, and passwords.txt. These scripts are setup and programmed so that they resemble the Facebook login page. Once you land on the fake Facebook login page, which is login.php, you would normally login with your email and password. Now the Phishing.php kicks in and stores the information on a specific location on the hosted server. The passwords.txt is left blank as people will often fill this up as they enter their information.
Now when the attacker/phisher has these three files uploaded on their new server, they send the URL (“fakebook.com/login.php”) to a victim via email.
When you get the initial email, it may have some verbiage stating something such as;
“We have noticed some illegal activities with your Facebook Account. Please use the this link to login and correct the actions.”
or
“Please follow us on Facebook, by clicking here”.
While those are the short versions of what may be included in your email, the main goal is to get you to open the email and login to Facebook on their fake Facebook login page. Once you have complied with their requests, they have control over your entire Facebook page.

Now that we know how they can gain access to your Facebook page, let us review on how you can prevent your information from going onto their server, and how you can trace them and report the criminals to local authorities.

Step one in the investigation, is open the link. Any time you visit Facebook the URL is and always will be https://www.facebook.com/?_rdr=p to login. When you open the link, if the above URL does not match, or you get something like www.fakebook.com/login.php then you know that it is a fake link. Don’t login! As it is setup and resembles the exact login page for Facebook, don’t login.

Now there are two effective ways in tracing the phisher. You will need both methods and record information (Screen Shots works best) to report it to the local law enforcements. From there they will push it to other law enforcements in which can include the FBI if there are several reports upon this same phisher.

When you first see the URL bar and it is not the original Facebook URL, then I would copy the entire URL and use a WhoIs service. Who Is allows you to find the information regarding the person who bought the Domain Name (URL). I would use WhoIs.Net for my domain name searches.

Once I have a record of who purchased the domain, I would take a screen shot (Or use my camera phone) and save that. This will be helpful for the authorities later in their investigation.

Now, going back to the initial email. If you are using Google, this is a snap. Open the email and on the far right upper corner of the email itself is a dropdown section. This allows you to select “See full header”. Basically, this will then bring up a small window showing you the IP address and the time stamp of the email sent from one location and received by your location. Again, this is another important aspect to the research, so screen shot or use your camera.

Now that you see the full header, you can simply copy the entire alien language that you see. Now we can easily use an online script service that allows us to find the exact IP of the sender. I use ArulJohn.com for the headers. Now we will receive an IP address. Now for our last step in tracing, we can use another online services to trace the IP address. I personally use GEOBytes. It is easy and quick. The results are 100% effective, or at least on the 250+ IP’s I have run through there.

Now you will see the sender’s information such as Country, State, City/town, Address, network carrier, etc. This is extremely helpful to the law enforcements, so we will take one more screen shot.

Awesome, now you have this much information, now you can print it out, put it on a thumb drive, or send the information VIA email to the officer in which you talked to about the phisher.

So let us recover here. We have an unknown email saying that we need to log into Facebook, and provides us with a link. We know that Facebook is secure by using https, and does not have any fake names (“Fakebook”). We know how to trace the Domain Name (“URL”), and obtain and trace the IP of the original email. Now we can use all of that information and get it to the local law enforcement. The sooner they have that information, the faster they can catch this phisher.

While there are a few other ways to obtain your login information, such as Facebook.exe (a program that uses Facebook from a program on your Windows Desktop instead of going to the browser), we have learned the biggest means of Facebook Phishing and how we can prevent ourselves from being a victim.

Another great way to protect yourself on Facebook, is by enabling the 2 part login factor. This means that when you (or someone else) logs into Facebook on a new computer, browser, IP, etc. then your phone will go off telling you to input the code given. You can type the code into the page where it asks and you will then have access to your Facebook account. It is also recommended that you log out of every session, except on the computer and your phone that you use on a daily basis.

E-payment: CBN Blocks Plan To Create TSA Payment Gateways

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has told Interswitch, Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), eTranzact and other payment processors in the country that the apex bank would not replicate the Treasury Single Account (TSA) payment gateway powered by Remita.

In an audacious move, Interswitch in collaboration with NIBSS wrote a petition to the apex bank, seeking the replication of the TSA gateway while tagging the present arrangement “monopoly”. But the CBN management reportedly told the aggrieved party in a meeting attended by all the payment processors that the TSA architecture met international best practices and, as such, the apex bank will not have more than one gateway.

The TSA payment gateway was connected to the apex bank’s core banking application, powered by T24, Real-Time Gross Settlement Systems (RTGS) and National Electronic Fund Transfer System (NEFT). Barely a month following the full implementation of the TSA, a congruence of opposition is building a case against a policy that many said is arguably Nigeria’s single most important initiative to tackle corruption and abuse in the management of public funds.

The opposition is coming mainly from expected sources: competing payment platforms that are griping over being left in the cold, banks that are the major beneficiaries of the corruption-laden processes that the TSA have replaced, and senior civil servants who believe that they are the primary target of the project.

How to instantly remove password protection from PDF Files

PDF files could be password protected to restrict others from opening and having access to the information. While you may still need to fetch the data to use it productively, to modify, read or even print PDF files, there is no way you can edit or copy it since the file is locked. And what happens when you forget the password you set for your own PDF file? This can be frustrating. However, there is a solution.

AnyBizSoft PDF Password Remover is a free premium tool which removes encryption from PDF files. It removes all the basic restrictions on printing, copying and editing the content of PDF files. It also removes password protection, if any, from the file.

How To Remove PDF file Restrictions

    Download AnyBizSoft PDF Password Remover.
    Now install the software and open it. A new pop up window will appear.
    Click on the Add Files button and import your file.
    Once your file is imported, click on the Start
    Wait for a few seconds. A new popup will appear displaying the message that the password is removed.
    Press OK and now open your PDF file, the password is successfully removed.


How to remove restriction of a single PDF file

You can also directly remove restrictions of a single file without starting the main interface. Just right click on an encrypted PDF file and select Decrypt with AnyBizSoft PDF Password Remover from right click menu. Decryption process will start.


Note: This tool can’t recover user password and it doesn’t removes protections such as DRM

How to Open a Paypal account in Nigeria

 

PayPal is a service that allows one to make payment online without sharing ones card detail each time one is making a payment. The benefit of owning a PayPal account goes beyond being able to make secure payments online, one can also receive/send money from/to other PayPal accounts.

All that is required for a PayPal account to be opened is a functional email address. Once the email address has been used to open the PayPal account, the next thing will be to verify the account in order to start using it.

PayPal has been closed to Nigerians for a while until now. While they have only enabled the option of making payments using PayPal for accounts opened in Nigeria, a personnel at PayPal mentioned to me that the other features are coming depending on how Nigerians respond.

How do you open a PayPal account?

To get a PayPal account, visit www.paypal.com/ng and sign up using an email address. Once your email has been verified and you set up your own password, the next thing will be to add a credit/debit card where money can be drawn from.

Once you have opened a Paypal account, you will notice that that your PayPal balance is reading 0.00. PayPal can draw money from the debit card you integrate to it. How does this work?

Let’s say I want to buy an item on eBay and I chose to pay using PayPal. I will be required to input my email address and password. Once that is done, PayPal charges my card. From the look of things, PayPal draws the money from my bank account (card is tied to my bank account) and pays it to the merchant (on eBay). If I had a balance on my PayPal account, there won’t be any need for PayPal to draw the money from my card. I can’t receive money directly to my PayPal account just yet, so, that option is closed to Nigerians for now.

What this means is that a 0.00 PayPal balance won’t stop you from making a purchase using your PayPal account from websites that receive PayPal as long as long as you have verified your account by connecting a valid credit/debit card.

The First Bank of Nigeria Advantage

It is worthy to note that, in Nigeria, PayPal has struck a partnership deal with First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) that allows interested FBN account holder the ability to open a PayPal account and be instantly verified.

Question: Does it mean that FBN customers without a card (credit/debit) can still use PayPal in Nigeria? “No.”

Is it that my FBN account is automatically tied to my PayPal account? “FBN customers still need to have a card to link to their PayPal account.”

Verve Card issued in Nigeria is not accepted internationally. You won’t be able to tie your Verve Card to your PayPal account. The Visa and MasterCard issued in Nigeria will however work. The card that I tied with my PayPal account is the one that is issued by Guarantee Trust Bank PLC—GTBank.

In the future, once PayPal starts allowing businesses to integrate PayPal, and a website like Konga/Jumia integrates it, you’ll be able to shop securely on those sites using your PayPal account without revealing your card details to those online stores. You do not pay any charge using PayPal—only the merchants are charged.

Question: how does PayPal make its money? As a user I’m not charged, right? Then who is charged?

“PayPal never charges customers for their purchases. PayPal charges merchant fees from the merchant or the person who receives the money. It is possible to send money to PayPal accounts outside of Nigeria (in countries where PayPal accounts can receive funds). In that case, the sender can determine who would pay the fee. It is done within a user’s PayPal account for each transaction.”

What can you do with your PayPal account once you open it?

If you open a PayPal account in Nigeria today, please note that the only things you can do is to buy from online stores that have already integrated PayPal—like Uber, eBay and the like and PayPal users outside Nigeria that have already been enabled to receive money. You won’t be able to receive money from another PayPal user just yet. You’d have to wait for a later time when PayPal will roll out that feature to the Nigerian market.

FBN customers get another edge here again. They will be able to move any money from their PayPal balance to their bank account.

Question: if all Nigerian customers can’t receive money into their PayPal account, is the situation different for FBN customers—will they be able to receive money into their PayPal account?

“Unfortunately NG (Nigeria) PayPal accounts cannot receive funds into them yet – that includes FBN customers.”

Nigerian businesses are yet to be invited to the party too—they will have to look on for a while. But, Dobox, a Nigerian online store has already integrated PayPal—they have integrated it long before PayPal set foot into the Nigerian market. I was able to pay for their service with my NG PayPal account.

Dobox is able to do that because they set up their PayPal account outside Nigeria. Another Nigerian company that receive PayPal that I have see is IrokoTV.

There are certain rules about how payment-processing companies in Nigeria should operate. These rules won’t affect PayPal just yet as they’re not banking in Nigeria and don’t receive money in Naira. I am wondering how things will be if a rule by CBN mandates them to do that and if they’ll still be able to store credit card details once they open full operation in Nigeria and started allowing local businesses to receive PayPal as a means of payment online and offline.

 

The Top 30 Most Powerful Websites for Entrepreneurs and Investors in Africa.

You’re about to find out the top 30 websites for entrepreneurs and investors in Africa. These are the best places on the internet to find interesting business ideas, investment opportunities, breaking news, expert insights and advice about doing business in Africa.

Africa is buzzing with creative talent, impressive business opportunities, and an entrepreneurial revolution that is shaking up the continent like never before in its history.

The websites you’re about to discover are doing an amazing job of exploring and exposing the hidden treasures in Africa’s vast business landscape.

If you’re an entrepreneur, investor or business enthusiast with a general or specific interest in Africa, these are the websites you should bookmark and visit everyday!

Ranking Methodology

The websites on this list have been ranked from top to bottom, according to their Global Traffic Rank on Alexa, as at 1st October 2015.

Alexa.com is one of the world’s leading web analytics tools; now owned by Amazon.

The Global Traffic Rank is a measure of how each website ranks relative to all other sites on the internet over the past 3 months. The rank is calculated using a proprietary methodology that combines a website’s estimated average of daily unique visitors and its estimated number of pageviews over the past 3 months.

Although I have also included the size of each website’s social media communities on Twitter and Facebook, this is only an indication of popularity and reach, but not rank.

So, here we go! Let’s meet the top 30 most powerful websites for entrepreneurs and investors in Africa

1. CNN African Start-Up

One of the most popular international TV stations in Africa, CNN has used its powerful platform to expose the positive achievements of African entrepreneurs to the world. CNN African Start-Up shares remarkable business startup stories from all corners of the continent and does a great job on the website.

Global Website Ranking: 76 | Social media: 264,000+ Twitter followers @CNNAfrica | Website: CNN African Start-Up 

 

2. BBC Africa Business Report

The BBC is arguably the oldest international media service in Africa. Presented by Lerato Mbele, The BBC Africa Business Report showcases the latest business news, technology tales, and consumer trends from across the African continent. The website is always updated with short and interesting video clips that focus current and emerging business issues and developments around Africa.

Global Website Ranking: 84 | Social media: 15,000+ Twitter followers @BBCLerato | Website: BBC Africa Business Report  

 

3. YALI Africa

Founded in 2014, the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) for Africa is a signature effort of the American government to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The platform provides virtual resources and vibrant physical spaces to equip young African leaders and entrepreneurs with the skills and connections they need to foster change in their communities and their countries.

Global Website Ranking: 1,042 | Social media: 33,000+ Twitter followers @YALINetwork; 99,000+ Facebook fans | Website: YALI Africa

 

4. McKinsey Insights & Publications

On the website of one of the world’s most renowned business consulting firms, McKinsey’s Insights and Publications section for the Middle East & Africa publish shares research insights, expert advice, interviews and commentaries that are best-suited for business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors looking for facts on which to base business and policy decisions.

Global Website Ranking: 7,404 | Social media: 126,000+ Twitter followers @McKinsey; 298,000+ Facebook fans | Website: McKinsey Insights (Middle East & Africa)

 

5. All Africa

This is definitely one of Africa’s most popular indigenous websites. Served in both English and French, AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa. It aggregates, produces and distributes business news daily from over 130 African news organizations. In addition to its political and sports news, the ‘Business’ section of the website is always full of rich and current information.

Global Website Ranking: 13,596 | Social media: 222,000+ Twitter followers @allafrica; 107,000+ Facebook fans | Website: AllAfrica 

 

6. Venture Burn

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Venture Burn focuses on telling the stories and news of startup and tech entrepreneurs from emerging market sectors, covering everything from innovative new businesses and developments in eCommerce to helpful tips for startup entrepreneurs.

Global Website Ranking: 40,940 | Social media: 5,000+ Twitter followers @Ventureburn; 1,000+ Facebook fans | Website: VentureBurn

 

7. My Top Business Ideas

Best suited for aspiring and startup entrepreneurs, My Top Business Ideas shares an impressive collection of small business ideas and market opportunities that can be explored for profit in Africa. Founded by Ajaero Tony Martins in 2013, this website is a useful resource for people looking for business ideas to spark their imagination.

Global Website Ranking: 44,171 | Social media: 800+ Twitter followers @MTBusinessideas, 1,000+ Facebook fans | Website: My Top Business Ideas 

 

8. Ventures Africa

Undoubtedly one of the top favourite websites for news, analysis, opinions and discussion about Africa’s business landscape. Ventures Africa remains a champion in sharing business insights and stories that explore the opportunities and complexity of our continent and the African Diaspora.

Global Website Ranking: 49,188 | Social media: 52,000+ Twitter followers @VenturesAfrica; 19,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Ventures Africa 

 

9. AFK Insider

If you’re looking for a website that covers African news from a business perspective, AFKInsider is the one. It covers the current business developments and economic forces that guide Africa’s markets. From agribusiness to entrepreneurs, AFKInsider is a great resource for both seasoned investors looking into Africa and general interest readers.

Global Website Ranking: 94,988 | Social media: 7,000+ Twitter followers @AFKInsider; 10,000+ Facebook fans | Website: AFKInsider

 

10. How We Made it in Africa

Through its sterling reporting, How We Made it in Africa has become a hub for aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs, and foreign investors with a strong interest in Africa. Its case studies, featured articles, and business advice give a unique insight into the sometimes complicated aspects of investing in Africa and trading with the continent.

Global Website Ranking: 102,098 | Social media: 47,000+ Twitter followers @MadeItInAfrica; 43,000+ Facebook fans | Website: How We Made it in Africa

 

11. Disrupt Africa

Looking for up-to-date news, information and commentary about Africa’s tech startup and investment ecosystem? Disrupt Africa has journalists roaming the continent to find, meet, and interview the most innovative and disruptive tech startups. That’s why this website is a true showcase of Africa’s most promising businesses and business ideas.

Global Website Ranking: 113,333 | Social media: 4,000+ Twitter followers @DisruptAfrica; 900+ Facebook fans | Website: Disrupt Africa 

 

12. Africa.com

Founded in 2010 by Teresa Clarke, a former managing director of the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs, Africa.com provides ‘carefully selected’ news on the latest happenings on the business landscape across Africa. Beyond business and financial information, the website also provides coverage on political and cultural news on the continent.

Global Website Ranking: 123,939 | Social media: 11,000+ Twitter followers @Africa_com; 75,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Africa.com 

 

13. Innov8tiv

This dynamic web resource features the latest technology news and entrepreneurial advances of Africans on the continent as well as in the Diaspora. Founded by Annie Akpe, Innov8tiv seeks to inform consumers and companies about the latest in tech trends and ideologies that exist in Africa and among leaders of colour around the world, including the UK, the Caribbean, Australia, and Asia.

Global Website Ranking: 130,824 | Social media: 7,000+ Twitter followers @innov8tivmag; 37,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Innov8tiv 

 

14. VC4Africa

This is arguably the largest online community of venture capitalists, angels and entrepreneurs dedicated to building businesses in Africa. The platform, which was founded in 2008, connects Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs with the resources (knowledge, network and capital) they need to realize their potential. Via the VC4Africa website, entrepreneurs have access to free online tools, mentorship opportunities and private deal rooms.

Global Website Ranking: 132,833 | Social media: 53,000+ Twitter followers @VC4Africa; 45,000+ Facebook fans | Website: VC4Africa

 

15. Celebrating Progress Africa

Labeled as ‘Africa’s Number one website for progressive news’ Celebrating Progress Africa (more popularly known as ‘CPAfrica’) chronicles the progress made by Africans, especially entrepreneurs, as they lead Africa to economic prosperity. CPAfrica also has vibrant Technology and Culture categories.

Global Website Ranking: 153,625 | Social media: 13,000+ Twitter followers @cpafrica; 54,000+ Facebook fans | Website: CPAfrica

 

16. Mara Mentor

This online platform enables ambitious entrepreneurs to connect with peers and business leaders on the African continent. Mara Mentor encourages idea and knowledge sharing among Africa’s most promising young entrepreneurs, inspiring a collaborative approach to business start-up and growth. Mara Mentor is an initiative of Mara Foundation, the Mara Group’s social enterprise established in 2009 by Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder of Mara Group.

Global Website Ranking: 256,395 | Social media: 111,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Mara Mentor

 

17. The Africa Report

With Africa becoming an investment destination of choice, The Africa Report responds to the growing business need for solid analysis of the political situation and assessment of the risks. For over 50 years, The Africa report continues to provide expert analysis of the African business environment, and remains one of the top references for African business affairs.

Global Website Ranking: 272,551 | Social media: 82,000+ Twitter followers @theafricarepot; 260,000+ Facebook fans | Website: The Africa Report

 

18. Tony Elumelu Foundation

The Tony Elumelu Foundation is an African-based, African-funded philanthropic organisation. Through its $100 million flagship program, the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program seeks to identify and grow 10,000 African entrepreneurs, create 1 million jobs and add $10 billion in annual revenue to Africa’s economy over the course of the next decade.

Global Website Ranking: 273,254 | Social media: 96,000+ Twitter followers @TonyElumeluFDN; 146,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Tony Elumelu Foundation  

 

19. Smallstarter

Unique for its in-depth analysis of business ideas and market opportunities in Africa, Smallstarter is leading the charge to teach, inform and inspire the new generation of small business entrepreneurs across Africa. Its impressive collection of well-researched business ideas, inspiring success stories and practical business advice continues to attract both aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs and investors from within and outside Africa.

Global Website Ranking: 275,594 | Social media: 1,000+ Twitter followers @smallstarters; 12,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Smallstarter 

 

 

20. She Leads Africa

She Leads Africa serves as a platform to invest in Africa’s most talented and promising female entrepreneurs. Founded by Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei, this impressive online resource provides knowledge and support to female entrepreneurs, and has launched a pitch competition aimed at startups operating on the continent and diaspora.

Global Website Ranking: 354,437 | Social media: 5,000+ Twitter followers @SheLeadsAfrica; 9,000+ Facebook fans | Website: She Leads Africa

 

21. Africa Business Pages

Although not an information website in itself, Africa Business Pages is an online directory of businesses involved in intra- and inter-African trade. It focuses on promoting trade from and to Africa and boosting partnerships among traders and African distributors.

Global Website Ranking: 372,433 | Social media: 33,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Africa Business Pages 

 

22. Lionesses of Africa

Dedicated to transforming the profile of women entrepreneurs on the continent, Lionesses of Africa is an online community of ‘lionesses’ sharing their stories, knowledge and experiences, and inspiring one another, and connecting for accelerated success. The ‘Startup Stories’ and ‘100 Lionesses’ sections of the website are full of inspiration and remarkable business ideas.

Global Website Ranking: 417,989 | Social media: 1,000+ Twitter followers @lionessesa; 1,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Lionesses of Africa 

 

23. The African Business Magazine

This is one platform that offers a unique insight into African affairs, from an African perspective. The African Business Magazine holds the title of bestselling pan-African business magazine. Its special reports profile a wide range of sectors and industries including transport, energy, mining, construction, aviation and agriculture.

Global Website Ranking: 494,419 | Social media: 6,000+ Twitter followers @AfricanBizMag; 4,000+ Facebook fans | Website: The African Business Magazine 

 

24. This Is Africa

Published by the Financial Times, This is Africa equips senior decision makers with the knowledge to understand the evolution of African economies; to find partners and investments that match their criteria for return or for development and to position their brands to take advantage of the rise of the African consumer. It regularly features updates on foreign policy, perspectives from leading thinkers on Africa, interviews with global leaders, and analysis of major events and transitions on the continent.

Global Website Ranking: 561,127 | Social media: 29,000+ Twitter followers @thisisafrica | Website: This Is Africa 

 

25. The Anzisha Prize

Every year, The Anzisha Prize profiles and rewards young entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities. The ‘Entrepreneur Stories’ section of this website is a very rich source of business ideas and inspiration for thousands of Africans who closely follow the annual selection process.

Global Website Ranking: 808,022 | Social media: 2,000+ Twitter followers @anzishaprize; 13,000+ Facebook fans | Website: The Anzisha Prize 

 

26. African Business Review

Africa Business Review is a leading source of news and content for C-level executives focused on business and industry-specific news from across the African continent. Through its website, daily news and weekly e-newsletter, African Business Review helps executives stay up-to-date with the most fundamental operational issues in demanding and ever more competitive business sectors across Africa.

Global Website Ranking: 934,976 | Social media: 6,000+ Twitter followers @AfricaBizReview; 3,000+ Facebook fans | Website: The African Business Review 

 

27. LIONS Africa

Launched at the 2012 World Economic Forum on Africa, LIONS Africa is mobilizing the knowledge, expertise and resources of leading public and private institutions to encourage and enhance Africa’s innovation ecosystem and to spur entrepreneurship on the continent. LIONS Africa is a partnership of several organisations including the US State Department, Microsoft, Nokia, the African Development Bank and several others.

Global Website Ranking: 1,000,361 | Social media: 2,000+ Twitter followers @lionsafrica | Website: LIONS Africa

 

28. Africa Business Jumpstart

This impressive website helps aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners to get started in Africa’s new emerging markets through its rare market tips, expert guidance, and actionable tools. Its founder, Dr. Harnet Bokrezion, is a seasoned and experienced business coach, and co-author of 101 Ways To Make Money in Africa, a new and refreshing perspective to business opportunities on the continent.

Global Website Ranking: 1,621,146 | Social media: 700+ Twitter followers @africajumpstart; 2,000+ Facebook fans | Website: Africa Business Jumpstart 

 

29. FarmBiz Africa

This impressive website is focused on exploring the amazing business opportunities and success stories in Africa’s agribusiness space. FarmBiz Africa provides some of the most current news, releases and insights that help to meet the information needs of Africa’s agripreneurs. For its visionary work, it’s no surprise it has won several awards from the FAO, UNEP, NEPAD and others.

Global Website Ranking: 2,634,794 | Social media: 9,000+ Twitter followers @farmbizafrica; 10,000+ Facebook fans | Website: FarmBiz Africa

 

30. Afrinnovator

Selected as one of CNN’s Top 10 African Tech Voices To Follow, Afrinnovator tells the stories of African startups, African innovation, African made technology, African tech entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs. It specializes in observing, researching and analyzing the trends in technology innovation & entrepreneurship in Africa.

Global Website Ranking: 2,969,126 | Social media: 67,000+ Twitter followers @Afrinnovator; | Website: Afrinnovator 

 

Now you know the Top 30 Websites for Entrepreneurs and Investors in Africa…

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GTBank Introduces New Technology Mobile Phone Money Transfers

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank) said it is applying technology and breakthrough in  innovation to enable funds transfer on the mobile phone for the first time in Nigeria for the bank’s customers.

In this regard, the  bank has launched another first of its kind mobile channel through which  its customers can conveniently perform third party transfers to both GTBank and other bank account holders in Nigeria, via their mobile phones, by simply dialing the short code *737* with details of the amount and account number (NUBAN) of the beneficiary.

The *737* transfer service is a novel offering pioneered by GTBank in the Nigerian financial industry, that is safe, simple and convenient. To initiate transfers to a GTBank account, simply dial *737*1*Amount*NUBAN Account No# e.g. *737*1*1000*1234567890#

The 737 transfer service has been introduced to build on the success of the Bank’s One Click Top –upservice, which offers GTBank customers an efficient and easy way to buy airtime on their mobile phones directly from their GTBank account by simply dialing a short code (*737*AMOUNT#).

Managing Director/CEO of the bank, Mr. Segun Agbaje said,“We will continue to leverage technology to make banking, especially payments and transfers, faster, safer and more convenient for all our customers. This service addresses the electronic banking requirements of our customers, irrespective of their phone type”. 

The *737* transfer service is only available to GTBank customers via their mobile phone numbers registered with the bank and has minimum transfer limit of N1,000 and a daily transfer limit of N20,000.

The new technology on mobile phone money transfer, will help boost mobile money in Nigeria, which has not been very successful, since cashless policy was introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria in January 2012. With the latest innovation from GTBank, its customers can now transfer money via their mobile phones, without any form of hinderance from the internet. Before, most bank customers relied heavily on internet banking, which has its challenges, when there are issues with internet connectivity.

The bank has a record of “Industry First” innovations such as “GTBank Mobile App”, a mobile application that merges internet banking and mobile money service offerings to allow customers enjoy more flexible banking such as Check account balance, Transfer funds to family and friends, Stop and confirm cheques, Bill payments, FX transfers, Flight bookings, Airtime recharge, Online dhopping, Purchase cinema tickets, among others. Other industry firsts include; Internet Banking, GTConnect; the interactive contact centre, Social Banking on Facebook, FastTrack, SME MarketHub, an online e-commerce platform and the first Naira MasterCard.