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Stay Smart Online Week - it's a wrap!

15 October 2018

As Stay Smart Online Week comes to a close for another year, we wanted to take a moment to look back on the week.

Cybercrime is a massive billion dollar problem. Last year alone, Australians lost $1.8 billion to cybercrime and 72% of this was never recovered, according to new data released by Symantec. If you do experience a cybercrime incident, it can take an average of two working days or 16.2 hours to recover.

These figures show the significant impact on Australians – figures which we need to reverse!

This year’s campaign, which ran from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 October, saw the launch of ‘Reverse the Threat’ a bold new initiative to bring cybercrime out of the shadows and put cybersecurity in the national spotlight. We reversed our website to black and white for the week to highlight the threat of cybercrime.

Together with the help of our partners in grabbing the public’s attention, we highlighted simple actions we can all take to make a huge improvement to our security when connected online. The Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre appeared on the Today show and was interviewed on numerous radio stations around the country, and Chrissy, a counsellor from IDCARE, appeared on Today Extra.

Stay Smart Online partners helped to reach millions of Australians including ANZ, Facebook, NAB, Australia Post, Netflix, AGL, Qantas, Australian Federal Police and many others by displaying the ‘Reverse the Threat’ black and white imagery on their websites and social media, and running events for their customers and employees to focus the community's attention on cyber security.

Throughout the week we focussed on four key actions to lock down your security so that you don’t become a victim of cybercrime, including:

  • Creating strong passwords
  • Knowing how to spot phishing scams
  • Installing software updates
  • Using public Wi-Fi safely

It’s important to remember that these are actions that should be taken year round and not just during Stay Smart Online Week to give yourself the best protection against cybercriminals.

For more advice on how to protect yourself online, head to Stay Smart Online at www.staysmartonline.gov.au

You can also follow us on Facebook and subscribe to the free Stay Smart Online Alert Service to keep up to date with the latest online threats and how to respond.