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Stay Smart Online Week 2018

This year’s Stay Smart Online Week (8-14 October) aims to help the community and business fight back against cybercrime.

More than six million Australian adults were affected by cybercrime last year, according to the Norton Cyber Security Insights Report Global Results for 2017.

Cyber incidents involving malicious or criminal attack are also a leading cause of notifications to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner under the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme.

As part of Stay Smart Online Week, the Australian Cyber Security Centre recommends the following steps to protect your personal information:

  • Passwords are your first line of defence: use a different and strong password on all of your accounts, and add an extra layer of security with two-factor authentication.
  • Phishing uses 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.
  • Updating your software is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself online. Install software updates as soon as they become available. Better yet, set your system to auto-update.
  • Be wary when using public Wi-Fi. Without the right protection, cybercriminals could see your information, so don't do online banking or online shopping or send sensitive information.

Get more advice at the Stay Smart Online website.