• Do you know about the different types of spyware, its dangers and how you can protect yourself? The article published from p15 in Servamus: October 2021, will provide readers with valuable information about this dangerous software.

  • Along with family and colleagues, Servamus pays tribute to police members who have lost their lives in the line of duty – and to COVID-19. Our article published from p44 in Servamus: October 2021 reminds readers about the dangers our members face each day.

  • The Cybercrimes Act 19 of 2020 has been promulgated and will soon come into operation. Our legal discussion will help readers to understand this new legislation and is published from p22 in Servamus: October 2021.

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Spending too much time online is unhealthy for kids

Thanks for an excellent article featured in Servamus: June 2021.

This is just my opinion that a lot of information is provided about the do’s and don’ts, but that not much is given about how to control.

If we as parents hand over a mobile device or computer to our children, I feel that it is our moral obligation to know exactly how it works. The excuse that kids are better at this should not be the way to go through life.

Here are two ways of securing devices for your child.

Cellphones/tablets
Visit https://families.google.com/familylink/GOOGLE FAMILY is an app that can be loaded onto both the parents and child’s smartphone, with the parent being the manager. This app, which I use with my 15-year-old daughter, controls a number of functions. All content is restricted according to what I allow: certain apps get blocked completely - the same goes for chats programs etc.

Using Google Maps through this Family app, I am able to keep track of where she is (and her phone).

With WhatsApp being the favourite, I have restricted access to a certain number of hours per day.

Here’s the best, I am even able to control the times when she can use the phone. During school times, she can only use the phone between 07:00 and 19:30 - after 19:30 the phone tells her that it is time for bed, come back at 07:00.

Laptop and computers
My daughter also has a laptop, and with that comes Microsoft Family (can be accessed at https://account.micro-soft.com/family/about).

In my opinion, Microsoft has an even better manner of keeping control of what my child uses her laptop for. Through Microsoft I also receive a weekly e-mail report of what my daughter is doing.

Her school is also very involved with information technology (IT) and that it is compulsory to have a high-end Android tablet. Schooling during these COVID times continued via the school’s online webpage and the D6 communicator.

This is also connected via the Google Family app, keeping me informed of what my daughter is doing.

Her laptop is also connected to my phone with Microsoft Authenticator which puts me in control of what she does on her laptop, ie that changes cannot be made without me using this Microsoft Authenticator to verify that it is actually me wanting to change any settings, or allow access to programs. (This can be accessed at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ account/authenticator.)

It is important to note that all these Microsoft programs are accessible for free to any parents who have a registered Microsoft account - provided that you have bought the legal software with your PC or laptop.

Access to my daughter’s laptop is also controlled in the same manner as Google Family with the same time limits.

Here is our real-life:

I allowed my daughter access to a cellphone game similar to Microsoft Sims, to build a house, live the family’s life - it even comes with a 14-year age restriction.

One day during my usual cellphone checks, I noticed a new number of a person my daughter was chatting to: “Oh, that’s Michael from ‘The Game’ …” (I cannot remember the real name of the game.)

Unknown to me, this game allowed in-house chatting with other people playing the game, and this Michael had been chatting to her.

Michael turned out to be some character from Nigeria.

We had a very serious talk about how easily information can be obtained from a child, where she stays, where she goes to school etc.

I am always talking about these apps, so if the information is shared, I know that some kids will be safer.

Rick Booysen
KwaZulu-Natal

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[Thanks so much Rick for sharing your real-life story with us. It warms our hearts to hear about concerned parents who take their children’s physical and online safety seriously. To all our readers, if you have more stories or tips to share, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Ed.]

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Servamus - October 2021

The Internet has opened up massive communication and business opportunities to billions of people across the globe.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Cyberspace continues to revolutionise the way we all live, work and play and with it comes great opportunity for economic prosperity, job creation and technological innovation to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges such as tackling COVID-19, which has been a shared challenge across the world.
By Victoria White, First Secretary (Cyber), British High Commission Pretoria and Peter Goodman, Strategic Advisor to the UK Digital Access Programme
As if the protests and looting in KwaZulu-Natal in July 2021 were not enough to paralyse port operations in Durban for more than a week, Transnet, which is responsible for handling the commercial sea route, was also targeted on 22 July 2021 with a strain of ransomware.
Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys
Whenever the term “forensics” is used, one is reminded about the Locard exchange principle of “every contact leaves a trace” which states that no perpetrator can leave a crime scene without leaving some trace.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - October 2021

Background On 31 March 2017, Mr Nolan van Schalkwyk, the accused, and another man (hereinafter referred to as “the second assailant”) attempted to rob the complainant, who was walking towards the Rentech Station in the Belhar area in the Cape Peninsula at around 06:15, while on his way to work. It was still completely dark.
Relevant law Section 86 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002 (hereinafter referred to as “the ECT Act”) provides as follows:

Letters - October 2021

It’s with great pleasure that I write this e-mail to you.
“GUN FREE SOUTH AFRICA welcomes draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill” When I receive Servamus in the post, at the first opportunity, I remove the wrapping and scan through the contents. Typically, the in-depth reading would take place later.
October Magazine Cover

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