Cybercrime is a problem all over the world that impacts business, friends and families. During this year’s Stay Smart Online Week (8-14 October), Australians are encouraged to reverse the threat of online scams.

Stop cybercriminals from getting the keys to your life – lock down your online security today with these simple tips:

Easy to remember, hard to hack. Passwords are the key to your online life and are your first line of defence against cybercriminals.  Create strong passwords by stringing together  a series of words that are easy for you to  remember but hard for someone else to guess.

  • Lock hackers out with different passwords on all of your accounts.
  • Make them weird, wacky and memorable, but unique to you.
  • Don’t forget to use two-factor authentication to make yourself extra safe.

Look a little off or sound a bit dodgy? Fake messages that try to trick you into giving away your personal info, your online banking logins or  credit card details are called phishing.

  • Some messages look super real by using well-known logos and branding. They can be emails, SMS or come through social media. Phishing is one of the most common online scams.
  • If you receive a suspicious message do not click on any links or open any attachments.
  • Always think before you click to reverse the threat of cybercrime.

Fix the cracks in your online security. Hackers use these weaknesses in your devices to let themselves in. Updating your software is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself online.

  • Update your phone, computers and apps to add new features, install bug fixes and most importantly fix security holes that could let cybercriminals in.
  • Take the time to install software updates as soon as they pop up. Better still, set your system to auto-update.

Think before  you connect. Public Wi-Fi isn’t always safe. Cybercriminals may be able to see the information being sent between your phone and the Wi-Fi hotspot. Don’t let it cost you. Reverse the threat and get smarter about using public Wi-Fi.

  • Turn off any auto-connect settings for Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on your devices.
  • Pay attention to which network you select. Cybercriminals set up rogue hotspots with names that look like a legitimate network.
  • Avoid online banking or shopping, sending confidential emails or entering personal details like passwords or your credit card details.

Each year, Stay Smart Online Week brings a focus to our online security. Get more tips on simple ways to act smarter online and reverse the threat here.

Last updated: 11 October 2018

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