Cyber security for your family
Did you know the average household owns 17 internet-connected devices?* From smart TVs to voice assistants, smart devices make our lives easier and more comfortable, but they also open up more ways for cybercriminals to enter our homes.
Follow our house rules for cyber security to help protect your family online.
Start by making a list of all the internet-connected devices in your home, including PCs, laptops, tablets, mobiles, your Wi-Fi router/modem, smart TV, whitegoods, security cameras, heating and cooling systems, any wearables (like smartwatches or Fitbits), gaming consoles, speakers, baby monitors and children’s toys.
* Telsyte Australian IoT @ Home Market Study 2018
House rules for cyber security
- Set strong and unique passwords on all your home devices and online accounts.
- Remember, when you first buy a new device, change the factory-set password on it straight away, including any networked devices (router/modem) that also have a factory-set password.
- Tip – Turn on a second step of protection with two-factor authentication wherever you can.
- Secure your devices and online accounts.
- Turn on automatic software updates to ensure your devices are covered by the latest security protection.
- Install antivirus software where possible and backup devices to protect important information, photos and data.
- Always download apps from an official app store such as Apple’s App Store or Google Play for Android. Turn on automatic app updates for the latest security protection.
- Tip – Consider disconnecting devices from the internet if you’re not using the 'smart' features or if they don’t have security options, like the ability to set a password.
- Search and socialise safely.
- Choose what info you want to share. In settings, do a privacy check on your devices, browsers, social media and other apps.
- Think about the info you share online like birthdays, age, address, or school – it could be used to crack passwords or steal your identity.
- Never click on suspicious or unknown links in emails, SMS or social media messages.
- Tip – You can use a nickname and an alternative profile pic to help protect your identity when online gaming or on social media.
Use these resources to help make your home cyber secure and keep your family’s online security in check year round. Print these out and pop on your fridge as easy references!
- Be a cyber-hero: a guide to cyber security in the home (PDF)
- Top 10 questions parents have about online security (PDF)
- Printable checklist: online security at home (PDF)
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