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 High
19 December 2016

Apply Netgear updates to fix router vulnerability

Netgear is releasing firmware updates to address a severe vulnerability in routers used to forward data from one network to another. The vulnerability impacts routers used in homes and offices and enables an attacker to reconfigure, disable or restart affected devices....
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Alert Priority High
16 December 2016

Apple, Joomla and Mozilla release security updates

Apple, Joomla and Mozilla have released security updates to address vulnerabilities in their software products. You should apply these updates as soon as possible to minimise risk to your computers and information....
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Alert Priority Moderate
15 December 2016

Second major Yahoo breach reinforces need for...

You are reminded to be careful and remain vigilant when providing personal information to online services following a statement from Yahoo that it believed an 'unauthorised third party' had stolen user account data in August 2013....
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Alert Priority High
14 December 2016

Update widely-used software to minimise risk

Adobe, Apple and Microsoft have issued updates to address vulnerabilities in software used on the computers and mobile devices owned by many Australians....
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Alert Priority Moderate
12 December 2016

Be wary of fake parcel delivery emails

You are advised to be wary of fake parcel delivery emails after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) warned the number of complaints about this scam more than tripled in 2016....
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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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