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The Commonwealth Games are over, but cybercriminals are here to stay

One of the largest sporting events Australia has ever seen has just wrapped up, leaving us with great memories.

But as life returns to normal, you still need to be wary about online scams and cybercriminals trying to steal your money and identity.

Follow our top six tips to stay safe online.

Easy tips for protecting yourself online

  • Use a password and a code. This is called two-factor authentication. This means instead of only entering a password to log in, you’ll also enter a code that is sent to your mobile phone. This makes sure that only you can access your account. You should try and use this for your:
    • email
    • social media
    • financial accounts.
  • Make your passwords hard to guess. The longer your password, the stronger it is! Use a password that is made up of at least four words, including at least 12 letters. For example 'horsecupstarshoe'. Make it easy for you to remember.
  • Secure your home internet. Change the default administrator (admin) password on your internet router. The default passwords for these devices are often available online to everyone. Make sure you change the password the very first time you use the device. 
  • Secure your computer. Keep your anti-virus and operating software up-to-date, and make sure you have all your information safely backed up.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. Always question any calls, texts or emails you get asking for your details. These messages may look like they come from a real organisation, but they might contain links to a fake website that asks you to enter your credit card details.
  • Share with care. Limit the amount of information you share about you online. Use privacy settings on your social media to avoid sharing information widely. Find out more about socialising safely online.

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