Stay Smart Online

National Cyber Security Awareness Week

This week is National Cyber Security Awareness Week – an annual Australian Government initiative held in partnership with industry, community and consumer organisations and all levels of government.

The aim of Awareness Week is to help Australians using the internet – whether at home, the workplace or school – understand the simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online.

Stay Smart Online encourages all Australians to remember these ten simple tips to improve their online security:

1. Install and update your security software and set it to scan regularly

2. Turn on automatic updates on all your software, particularly your operating system and applications
3. Use strong passwords and different passwords for different uses
4. Stop and think before you click on links and attachments
5. Take care when buying online – research the supplier and use a safe payment method
6. Only download “apps” from reputable publishers and read all permission requests
7. Regularly check your privacy settings on social networking sites
8. Stop and think before you post any photos or financial information online
9. Talk with your child about staying safe online, including on their smart phone or mobile device
10. Report or talk to someone if you feel uncomfortable or threatened online – download the Government’s Cybersafety Help Button

Stay Smart Online offers a free Alert Service for Australian internet users, to explain recent online threats and how they can be managed which you can register for here:

^Sharon – Financial Crimes Analyst