The Stay Smart Online Alert Service is a free service for Australian internet users, to explain recent online threats and how they can be managed.

Home and small business users are provided with easy to understand online safety and security information and solutions to help protect their online safety and privacy. The resource also informs users about the latest threats and vulnerabilities within an Australian context, and how to address any risks to their devices or computer networks. Users can unsubscribe from the service at any time.

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Alert Priority Moderate
7 December 2016

Avoid scammers targeting users of accommodation...

As the holiday season draws near, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is warning about scammers who use popular accommodation websites (such as Airbnb) to cheat people out of money and personal details....
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Alert Priority Moderate
2 December 2016

Fake driving infringement notices in circulation

Scammers are circulating emails that claim the recipient is being fined for a driving infringement and directing them to a link that claims to take users to the relevant documentation....
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Alert Priority High
30 November 2016

Update to latest version of Mozilla Firefox to...

You are advised to update to Mozilla Firefox 50.0.1 to address a security vulnerability affecting Firefox 49 and Firefox 50. Details of the update and security fix for the popular web browser can be found on the Mozilla Foundation Security Advisories page....
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Alert Priority Moderate
30 November 2016

WARNING – Scam callers claiming to represent ACORN

People should be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls claiming to be from the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN). The ACORN is a national policing initiative that allows you to securely report cybercrime incidents which may be in breach of Australian law....
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Alert Priority Moderate
29 November 2016

Beware of phone calls from scammers claiming to...

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is warning people to hang up on malicious callers pretending to be from Centrelink or the Department of Human Services....
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Alert Priority Moderate
25 November 2016

ACMA warns against scam Ebola-themed emails

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is warning users to beware of a scam email claiming there is a medical crisis in the country involving the Ebola virus....
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Alert Priority Moderate
25 November 2016

Franchise operation clients targeted in...

Customers of Jim's Building Inspections – part of franchise operation Jim's Group – are advised to be wary of emails from the inspections business following a media report of an apparent security breach....
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Alert Priority High
18 November 2016

Apply security updates to Mozilla Firefox

You are advised to update to Mozilla Firefox 50 and Firefox ESR 45.5  to address security vulnerabilities. Details of the updates and security fixes for the popular web browser can be found on the Mozilla Foundation Security Advisories page....
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Alert Priority Moderate
17 November 2016

Be wary of online scams as the holiday season...

Scam emails that claim to come from reputable organisations are being sent to harvest personal details or to infect your computer with malicious software such as ransomware. Based on previous experience, email-based scams may increase during the 2016 holiday season....
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Alert Priority High
14 November 2016

Update Google Chrome to boost security

Google has released new versions of its Chrome browser for Windows, Mac and Linux to address security vulnerabilities. You are advised to review the Chrome releases update page and update to Chrome 54.0.2840.99 for Windows, 54.0.2840.98 for Mac, and 54.0.2840.100 for Linux....
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