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
15 June 2016

Update your security settings in Microsoft...

US CERT has issued an advisory urging small businesses and consumers to secure their Microsoft Office software programs against macro-based malicious software (malware). In some cases, there is a risk of installing malicious code when you enable Macros, for example in a Word document....
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Alert Priority Moderate
7 June 2016

TeamViewer password reuse warning

TeamViewer has issued an advisory urging users of its remote desktop tool to change their passwords and turn on two-factor authentication due to a recent security issue. The application has the potential to be used for remote access by malicious individuals. It is important to note that you may be blocked from accessing the official TeamViewer website according to your corporate IT policies.
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Alert Priority Moderate
6 June 2016

Update Wordpress Mobile Detector plugin to...

WP Mobile Detector plugin, a WordPress plugin, contains a vulnerability in versions prior to 3.6 that can affect websites using the plugin. If you have a WordPress website you should check whether you are using the WP Mobile Detector plugin and if so, then update to the latest version. Using the older versions potentially allows criminals to take control of your website....
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Alert Priority High
3 June 2016

Lenovo computer users should remove unsafe...

Users of Lenovo computers are advised to urgently remove bundled software from its laptops and desktops due to its potential to be used for remote access by malicious individuals. Lenovo Accelerator Application, which comes pre-installed in recently shipped computer models, uses an unsecured process to automatically install software updates. This means a third party can use these automatic updates to install malicious software, or malware, on your system without your knowledge. The vulnerability is rated as high risk by Lenovo....
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Alert Priority High
3 June 2016

Watch out for fake AGL phishing emails leading...

AGL Energy (AGL) is warning of a ransomware campaign that is targeting Australian consumers. The fake emails, which look like they come from AGL, ask you to click on a link. This link contains malicious software (malware) that has the potential to allow criminals to access your personal information and hold it to ransom (otherwise known as ransomware) by encrypting your files....
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Alert Priority High
2 June 2016

Change your social media passwords following a...

You are advised to change your social media passwords following a series of reports about data leaks, including email addresses and passwords from social networking sites Reddit, Tumblr and Myspace....
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Alert Priority High
1 June 2016

NSW TrainLink customer credit card security alert

Transport for NSW has advised of a potential security breach of its online reservations system for train bookings. You should be aware that financial details may have been accessed. There is a risk that the limited credit card information in the compromised database could, in some circumstances, be used....
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Alert Priority Moderate
30 May 2016

Be careful about submitting personal...

Concerns over protecting personal information provided to websites have come into focus due to reports that Cabcharge risked exposing its customers' personal data through an unsecured online database.
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Alert Priority High
30 May 2016

Google and Adobe provide updates to address...

Google and Adobe have released security updates for products used on computers, smartphones, tablets and other systems.
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Alert Priority Moderate
20 May 2016

Keep your mobile operating system secure and up...

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is encouraging Australians to keep their mobile operating systems secure and up-to-date. However, when doing so you should use the most cost-effective and secure means of downloading what can often be quite large updates....
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