As we continue to use the internet and our mobile phones more and more everyday for activities such as banking, shopping, education and communication, it’s vital that we use the online environment in a secure way.
We’ve listed some basic reminders that can help to keep online security in the back of your mind.
- Set your security software updates to scan regularly.
- Turn on automatic updates on all your software, particularly your operating system and applications.
- Use strong passwords and different passwords for different uses.
- Stop and think before you click on links and attachments.
- Take care when transacting online – research the supplier and use a safe payment method.
- Only download ‘apps’ from reputable publishers and read all permission requests.
- Regularly check your privacy settings on social networking sites.
- Stop and think before you post any photos or financial information online.
- If you have a child, talk to them about staying safe online.
- Report or talk to someone if you feel uncomfortable or threatened online – visit the Office of the eSafety Commissioner website.
- Take a screenshot of your receipt when you purchase something online.
- Ensure that you have received a confirmation email before closing your browser.
- Use familiar websites and watch out for misspellings in the URL (e.g. .om instead of .com).
- Don’t over share your personal information online, such as your birth date or mother’s maiden name.
- Keep a close eye on your finances by monitoring your transaction accounts weekly at a minimum.
The Australian Government website ‘Stay Smart Online’ contains a range of information on topics such as securing your smart phone to safe social networking. The website provides easy to understand information on secure practices and behaviours. Free alert services, self assessment tools and various educational packages are also available.
For more information, visit https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au.