People in NSW are increasingly accessing the internet in a variety of ways to undertake a more complex range of transactions.
As the number of people using mobile phones, Wi-Fi, computer game consoles and other devices to access the internet increases, the need for better cyber security across these devices becomes increasingly important.
This page includes several simple steps that can be taken to protect yourself when online and links to the Stay Smart Online website - a site informing Australians about e-security risks and the steps that they can take to reduce these risks.
Protect Yourself Online - why it's important
- The growing number of devices being used to access the internet
- Increasing WiFi usage
- The more complex range of online transactions
- The need for special protection for children from risks online
What you can do to protect yourself online
Below are several simple tips to help people to improve their online security:
- Install security software and update it regularly.
- Turn on automatic updates so that all your software receives the latest fixes.
- Get a stronger password and change it at least twice a year.
- Stop and think before you click on links or attachments.
- Stop and think before you share any personal or financial information - about yourself, your friends or family.
- Know what your children are doing online. Make sure they know how to stay safe and encourage them to report anything suspicious.
This comprehensive Australian Government site provides information on many issues dealing with internet safety, from spam and scams to cyberbullying and internet banking.
Please visit www.staysmartonline.gov.au for further advice and information.
If you've been the victim of cybercrime, you can report this to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN). The ACORN is a national policing initiative of the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments.
It is a national online system that allows the public to securely report instances of cybercrime. It will also provide advice to help people recognise and avoid common types of cybercrime. Visit www.acorn.gov.au