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It’s Stay Smart Online week so time to check your cyber security

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It is Stay Smart Online week so there is no better time to take stock about our own cyber security especially when you consider that 90 per cent of Australians will be online in 2017.

Dan Tehan, the Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, launched the 2016 Stay Smart Online week at the National Library of Australia.

He said cybercrime is costing the Australian economy $1 billion annually.

“CERT Australia, the national computer emergency response team, has dealt with more than 9,000 cyber security incidents affecting Australian businesses already this year,” Mr Tehan said.

“There have been more than 74,000 cybercrimes reported since November 2014, with online scams and fraud accounting for 42 per cent.”

“These statistics demonstrate the importance of every Australian taking responsibility for their own cyber security.”

The theme for this year was “Cyber Safety from the Lounge Room to the Board Room” and looks at the importance of good online security habits at home and at work.

To mark Stay Smart Online week (October 10-14), there are two new free guides – an updated online business guide and individual guide.

“These resources can help everyone understand the steps they can take to protect themselves and their business online,” Mr Tehan said.

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“The Government is committed to a safe and secure internet for every Australian and is making significant investments to improve our cyber security through the National Cyber Security Strategy.

“People also need to take responsibility for their own cyber security and there are simple steps we can all take to protect our personal and financial information online.

“The Stay Smart Online Alert Service has online safety information and solutions to help you protect your online safety and privacy and is a beneficial resource for all Australians to stay safe online.”

You can view these guides at www.staysmartonline.gov.au.

Here are some of the cyber security tips you can find at the site.

Securing your desktop or laptop computer

  • Install security software from a verified provider and set it to update automatically.
  • Keep your application software and operating system up to date.
  • Secure your home and office wi-fi with encryption and a password.
  • Back up your data regularly.
  • Use strong passwords.
  • Use different passwords for different uses.
  • Learn about the best way to create and store passwords.
  • Do not respond to emails that ask you for a password or financial information.
  • Be cautious of emails asking you to click on links or attachments.
  • Do not use public computers for online banking, shopping or other financial transactions.
  • Subscribe to the Stay Smart Online Alert Service.

Protecting your online accounts

  • Use strong passwords and locks and change them regularly.
  • Use different passwords for different uses.
  • Use two-factor authentication whenever possible.
  • Learn about the best way to create and store passwords.
  • Lock your mobile device with a passcode, password or biometric when not in use.
  • Secure your home and office wi-fi with encryption and a password.

Safely connecting and sharing

  • Regularly check your privacy settings on social networking sites.
  • Stop and think before you post any photos, personal or financial information online.
  • Be nice online and consider others’ feelings and reputations.
  • Report or talk to someone if you feel uncomfortable or threatened online.
  • Use strong passwords and a different password for each social networking site.
  • Don’t share your passwords with anyone.

Users can also subscribe to alerts at the www.staysmartonline.com.au site so they can receive the latest news and warnings about current online security threats.