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
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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Alert Priority High
9 November 2016

Update Microsoft and Adobe products to address...

Microsoft and Adobe have issued advisories regarding updates to address vulnerabilities in their widely used products....
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Alert Priority Moderate
7 November 2016

Be wary of fake mobile apps in the leadup to...

You are reminded to be wary when installing mobile apps from application stores, following media reports of a sharp rise in fake retail and product apps being marketed through a popular online store ahead of the holiday season....
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Alert Priority High
28 October 2016

Adobe releases Flash Player update to address...

Adobe has issued an update to address a vulnerability in Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS. The vendor said it was aware of a report that an exploit for the critical vulnerability was being used in limited, targeted attacks against users running Windows versions 7, 8.1 and 10.  ...
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Alert Priority Moderate
28 October 2016

Blood Service donor records in data spill

The Red Cross Blood Service (the Service) has advised that the registration information of 550,000 donors was placed in an insecure environment and copied by a third party. The file is said to have contained information related to the period of 2010 to 2016 and included details such as names, addresses and dates of birth. ...
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Alert Priority Moderate
26 October 2016

Anti-malware product scam Hicurdismos targeting...

You are advised to be wary of malicious software (malware) that pretends to install Microsoft's anti-malware product 'Microsoft Security Essentials ' for Windows 7 and earlier, and may also deceive users of Windows 8 and Windows 10....
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