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Together we can reverse the threat of cybercrime – Stay Smart Online Week 2018!

5 October 2018

6.09 million Australians were hit by cybercrime last year.*

Stay Smart Online Week starts on Monday 8 October and this year we want Australians to help us reverse the threat of cybercrime by taking a few simple actions. And to highlight the impact of cybercrime, we have changed our website to black and white for the week.

Throughout the week we are partnering with government, industry and community organisations to fight back against cybercrime and help you and your family stay safe online. If we take these simple actions to keep ourselves, our families and businesses protected when connected, we can avoid the pain, money and time it costs to recover from cybercrime.

Stop cybercriminals from getting the keys to your life – lock down your online security today with these simple tips:

  • Passwords. Passwords are your first line of defence against cybercriminals. Make sure you use a different and strong password on all of your accounts. Add an extra layer of security with two-factor authentication.
  • Phishing. Phishing are fake messages that try to trick you into giving out your personal or financial details. If you receive a suspicious message, do not click on any links or open any attachments. Always think before you click.
  • Updates. Updating your software is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself online. These updates add new features, install bug fixes and fix security holes that could let cybercriminals in. Install software updates as soon as they become available. Better yet, set your system to auto-update.
  • Public Wi-Fi. Be wary when using public Wi-Fi. Without the right protection, cybercriminals could see your information, so don't do online banking or online shopping or send sensitive information.

Each year, Stay Smart Online Week brings a focus to our online security. Get more tips on simple ways to act smarter online and reverse the threat, and follow us on Facebook.


*Norton, Norton Cyber Security Insights Report Global Results (2017)