Cyber security protection: My Guide

These are some practical guides to help individuals and businesses establish good online cyber security protection habits.

The three different guides cover information about how to protect your online activities while at home, working or enjoying leisure time, in a simple and easy to follow way.

And came about through a partnering of the New Zealand Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet along with several Stay Smart Online Partners: Australia Post, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, NBN, Westpac and Telstra.

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My Guide: Cyber Security Protection in 8 steps

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.

  1. Stop and think before you provide any photos or financial or personal information about yourself, your friends or your family.
  2. Use strong, hard-to-guess passphrases and/or two-factor authentication where available to access your accounts.
  3. 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.
  4. Minimise visits to unknown websites and avoid being enticed by the promise of sensational content through ‘clickbait’.
  5. 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.
  6.  Access your bank’s website by typing the address directly into your browser.
  7. Keep your computer up-to-date with anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall   software.
  8. Use the security measures (such as two-factor authentication) recommended by your bank.
  9. 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.
  10. Deal primarily with trusted and reliable online retailers.
  11. 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
  1. 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.

You can:

– 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: Report cybercrime to

– ReportCyber at:

–  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

A copy of the full guide

Small Business Cyber Security Guide

The Cyber Security Guide for Small business contains information to help owners protect themselves against common cyber security threats. The Australian Cyber Security Centre say, they see firsthand the impacts of security has every day on individuals, large and small business alike.

The Australian Small Business Cyber Security Guide is specifically developed for small business to gain knowledge and take steps to increase their cybersecurity resilience against potential threats. They believe that cybersecurity awareness and action is the key to the economic prosperity and advancement for small business, to grow and innovate and to add value for their customer.

The guide is designed for small businesses and is clear and has simple steps and actions. It’s great for the beginner, The areas covered are;

1. Cyber Threats: Key Areas

  • Malicious Software (Malware)
  • Scam Emails (Phishing)
  • Ransomware

2. Software Considerations: Key Areas

  • Automatic Updates
  • Automatic Backups
  • Multifactor Authentication

3. People and Procedures: Key Areas

  • Access Control
  • Passphrases
  • Employee Training

The Cyber Security Guide for Small business full guide or if you need more information go to

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Cyber Security Awareness Program Implementation Guide

The Awareness Program Implement Guide includes the top tips from businesses that are successfully managing their information security risks. These can help your business stay safe and secure online whatever the size and your budget.

Each business is different, yet online behaviour is critical for any industry, circumstance or market in protecting your:

  • Sensitive Information – both customers and employee alike
  • Your Brand
  • Your Reputation

The tips included in the guide are:

Firstly, to improving employee awareness and secondly keep your information safe

Level 1

  • Take ownership
  • What’s in it for me
  • Take advantage of free resources
  • Share experiences

Level 2

  • Have a program
  • Prevention is better than cure
  • Use examples to illustrate the risks
  • Keep it relevant
  • Take advantage of situations
  • Board level buy-in

Level 3

  • Get competitive
  • Different folks, different strokes
  • Customised Content
  • Promote safe behaviour to your customers
  • Extend training to your suppliers
  • Measure the results

Implementation Guide Checklist in Full

Regardless of your business size, industry or economic position, you need to constantly improve and update your online security to keep ahead of the threat. No one is immune! We all hear about the businesses held for ransom in the media and no business can afford for this to happen. To minimise your risk, assume a practical approach, educate yourself in order to take steps.

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