Safer Internet Day
The annual Safer Internet Day is a global initiative that raises awareness of emerging online issues through topics that reflect current concerns.
It is led by the UK Safer Internet Centre, and has been running for over ten years and is celebrated in more than 100 countries.
Safer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated earlier this year in February. Its theme was, “Be the change: Unite for a better internet.”
Stay Smart Online supported the initiative by reminding Australians to watch out for popular online scams and to get a second opinion if a message they received didn't quite seem right.
Australians lost around $45 million to internet fraud last year, and this year’s event was an excellent way to teach people how to protect themselves from common online threats.
As part of our Safer Internet Day activities this year we worked with industry partners to create the #ASKOUTLOUD campaign. Our amazing online community, and our partners, shared the hashtag and promoted it through their networks. We created social media tiles and posters to help spread the word.
We support initiatives like Safer Internet Day because we know that suspicious messages like competition links sent by SMS, video links on social media, and emails from unknown contacts are becoming increasingly common, but they're not always easy to spot!
Remember, if you receive a message that seems out of the ordinary, or doesn't look right, we encourage you to 'ask out loud' – in other words, get a second opinion from a friend before responding or opening a link.
Talking through your concerns out loud with someone else; a friend, colleague or family member; can reassure you and help you to identify messages that may be fake.
Top tips for beating common online scams
- Online scams and malicious software aren't at times obvious. Always be careful about providing personal information online or clicking on unexpected links sent to you via email, SMS or social media.
- Scammers' messages can be highly sophisticated, often using trusted brands and logos to make their messages look like the real thing. If you're not sure, talk through the suspicious message with a friend, family member or colleague, or check its legitimacy by contacting the relevant business or organisation directly.
- Help protect yourself from online scams by creating strong passwords, updating your anti-virus software, and frequently backing up your data.
- Sign up to the Stay Smart Online Alert Service – a free subscription service for Australian internet users that explains recent online threats and how they can be managed.
For more information visit Safer Internet Day