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Stay Smart Online Week 8-14 October 2018

One in four Australians were affected by cybercrime last year.

This week is Stay Smart Online Week and the following tips can help you avoid the pain, money and time it costs to recover from cybercrime:

  • Phishing is one of the most common online scams. Some messages look real by using well-known logos and branding in emails, SMS or social media posts. If you receive a suspicious message, do not click on any links or open attachments.
  • Public Wi-Fi isn’t always safe and cybercriminals may be able to see the information being sent between your phone and the Wi-Fi hotspot. Turn off any auto-connect settings for Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on your devices and avoid online banking, sending confidential emails or entering personal details if you do connect to public Wi-Fi.
  • Hackers use weaknesses in your devices to let themselves in. Updating your software is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself online. Better still, set your system to auto-update.
  • Passwords are the key to your online life so use different passwords on all of your accounts and make them weird and wacky. Don’t forget to use two-factor authentication for extra protection.

For more information and tips, visit the Stay Smart Online website.

Last updated: 08 October 2018