Stay Smart Online Week 2018: together we can fight cybercrime

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Together we can fight cybercrime

Running from the 8 October to 14 October 2018, Stay Smart Online Week is a reminder to everyone to stay smart online.

This year’s theme is ‘Together we can reverse cybercrime’.

More than 6 million Australians experienced cybercrime in 2017, and the numbers are rising. This is a global issue and it is important we put in place ways to protect ourselves and help others from cybercrime.

Stay Smart Online Week is a time to address these issues and raise awareness of the impacts cybercrime can have on our communities and businesses.

Here are some tips to lock down your online security and help prevent cybercrime:

  • Passwords. Passwords are your first line of defence against cybercriminals. Make sure you use a different and strong password on all of your accounts. Add an extra layer of security with two-factor authentication.
  • Phishing. Phishing are fake messages that try to trick you into giving out your personal or financial details. If you receive a suspicious message, do not click on any links or open any attachments. Always think before you click.
  • Updates. Updating your software is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself online. These updates add new features, install bug fixes and fix security holes that could let cybercriminals in. Install software updates as soon as they become available. Better yet, set your system to auto-update.
  • Public Wi-Fi. Be wary when using public Wi-Fi. Without the right protection, cybercriminals could see your information, so don’t do online banking, online shopping or send sensitive information.

Find out more about 2018 Stay Smart Online Week.

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