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Saudi Arabia Launches Program to Limit Internet Usage, Enhance Information Security Level | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Jeddah – The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has announced a project to limit the internet consumption in the country and to enhance the level of information security. The ministry also announced operating a new extension for internet.

Experts in the Information Technology told Asharq al-Awsat that this step aims at raising awareness towards the dangers of information security, coordinating efforts in the field of cyber security and increasing confidence in cyber dealings.

Security Advisor Professor Yusuf al-Rumaih said that this procedure is to protect the social and economic system of the country from insecure hacking especially amidst the internet criminal organizations exploitation to reach for individuals in target such as teenagers and the youths.

The number of spam messages sent daily on the social network websites is estimated as more than 100,000. They basically encourage chaos and jihad. Security Consultant and Researcher Professor Ali al-Khashaiban said that focusing on information security is one of the basic steps that protect the society from any violations on the security and mental levels.

According to official warnings, the offenses against governmental bodies and huge companies seek coding websites through spreading malice viruses—this fact pushed parties to send warning letters for devices users to avoid falling for these attempts.

The spying program includes sending messages via the social network websites—however if users examined the messages carefully then they can deleted them and avoid the damage.