Stay Smart Online Week 2017

Simple steps to online safety

Protecting yourself online has never been more important so here are our simple steps to online safety. Whether you are an individual or a small business, these simple steps can provide strong protection from a range of online threats.


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Limit what you share

Your personal information is incredibly valuable so be aware of what information is collected about you and what information you share online. Be proactive in managing your privacy by checking the privacy and security settings on your online accounts and apps.

Read more about protecting your information.


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Create strong passwords

Always use strong, unique passwords and passphrases that can’t be easily cracked. To avoid running out of ideas for new passwords, consider using a password manager to keep track of your accounts. Use multi-factor authentication (such as a fingerprint or a pin code texted to you) wherever possible to keep your most sensitive accounts more secure.  

Read more about strong passwords and passphrases.


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Protect yourself online and backup

Regularly update the software on your internet connected devices, including computers, smartphones and tablets to reduce the risk of infection from malicious software. Install anti-virus software on all your devices and regularly scan for malicious files. Create strong passwords and be vigilant online.

Don’t risk losing your important files like family photos, home videos, documents and emails. Regularly backup your computers and devices and store your backups offline. Having a backup greatly reduces the impact common threats, such as ransomware, can have on your computer.

Read more about keeping your software up-to-date, anti-virus software and backing up your computer and devices


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Avoid online scams

Always be on the lookout for suspicious links in emails, social media posts or on websites. Never open email attachments or click on links unless you are sure they are legitimate. If an email from a contact seems unusual, or you do not know the sender, it could be malicious.

If in doubt, contact the relevant organisation directly via the details on their secure website—be wary of links provided to you in emails.

When shopping online, only use trusted and reliable businesses. Never give strangers, including telephone callers, access to your computer or device.

Read more about email safety.   


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Protect your business

Many businesses think they don’t have anything of interest to cybercriminals. But hackers are after just one thing—money—so it’s important you know how to keep your business’ information and assets safe.  

To avoid threats such as ransomware and phishing, keep your software up-to-date, install anti-virus software across all your devices, backup everything, have a system for creating strong passwords and train staff to identify potentially malicious websites and emails.

Read more about protecting your business.


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What to do if something goes wrong?

Falling victim to a virus, online scam or other internet nasty can be frustrating and unpleasant—but help is available. If something has knocked you offline, read our recovery guides to get back up and running!

For those who have experienced identity theft or a cybercrime, there is a new online tool to help work out what has happened. The new Cyber First Aid Kit allows people to open a website and within a few clicks get advice on how to address their cyber security issue.

You can report scams and cybercrime incidents to Scamwatch, ACORN. You can stay up-to-date on current cyber threats by signing up to Stay Smart Online's Alert Service and checking the Australian Cyber Security Centre website.


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