The internet has given us the ability to connect in ways we never dreamt possible, say 40 years ago. We can do our banking, shop for groceries, or that new handbag, work and connect, socialise whenever and wherever.
This new opportunity to connect also brings a downside.
It also gives criminals opportunities to steal money, information or even your identity.
The 8 top tips and techniques were developed to help individuals to stay secure when socialising, working or browsing the net. And created to minimise the risk of falling victim to cyber-criminals by practicing good online security habits.
- Stop and think before you provide any photos or financial or personal information about yourself, your friends or your family.
- Use strong, hard-to-guess passphrases and/or two-factor authentication where available to access your accounts.
- When you receive an email, consider who is emailing you and what they are asking you to do. If you are suspicious about the email, call the business using contact details obtained from a website or other legitimate source.
- Minimise visits to unknown websites and avoid being enticed by the promise of sensational content through ‘clickbait’.
- Look for the padlock symbol and ‘https’ in the browser address bar when visiting sites. This is particularly relevant when undertaking a transaction or entering personal information online.
- Access your bank’s website by typing the address directly into your browser.
- Keep your computer up-to-date with anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software.
- Use the security measures (such as two-factor authentication) recommended by your bank.
- Always log out of the internet banking menu and closing your browser when you have completed a session. (v) Research for unknown retailers and their products and services.
- Deal primarily with trusted and reliable online retailers.
- Turn on the security features of your mobile devices.
- Set a password/phrase or PIN that must be entered to unlock the device.
- Install reputable security software.
- Read the user manual.
- Use the most up-to-date operating systems
- Regularly update applications (including anti-virus software and plugins) and operating systems to fix these vulnerabilities. Most vendors make automatic updates available.
- Back up your data regularly and retain the backup in a safe location, preferably protected or isolated from the device the data is being backed up from.
– Perform your own backups to a storage device such as a USB or external hard drive.
– Back up regularly or set to do so automatically.
– Back up to an online (cloud) service.
Report scams to:
https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam Report cybercrime to
– ReportCyber at: https://www.cyber.gov.au/report
– iDcare is Australia and New Zealand’s national identity support service. iDcare can be contacted on 1300 432 273 for Australian residents and on 0800 201 415 for New Zealand residents
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