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Stay Smart Online Week - Tips

Monday, 9 October 2017


October 9-13 is Stay Smart Online week, an Australian Government initiative to encourage more secure and confident online interaction.  Being aware of various tools and practices to better protect your personal and financial information online and on mobile is now more important than ever.

There are simple, effective ways to stay safe online:

  • Passwords - Keep your passwords secure. Dont share them with anyone and ensure that they cant be easily guessed (see the top 25 most used passwords below, and if yours is there, change it!).  Use a password manager if you have loads of passwords and cant remember them.
  • Phone calls - Dont give out personal information over the phone when you havent initiated the call.  If you think its a genuine caller, then get their number, cross check against the company, and call back.
  • Social Networking - know your privacy settings and USE them.
  • Online Purchasing - only give your credit card details online if the website is protected by SSL and shows the padlock in the address bar.
  • Email - dont click on links in an email (even if it looks like its from a known sender) unless you are SURE what it contains.  If necessary, contact the sender first and ask what the link is for or whats in the attachment.
  • Check and report - Check bank statements and account records carefully to detect anything unusual. If you see something suspicious or dont recognise a transaction, contact the Bank
  • Devices connected to the internet - mobiles, tablets, desktops should ALL have security software to protect them from malware, viruses, etc

Let everyone know about these tips. Register for Stay Smart Online Alert Service for regular updates on the latest threats. You can also report any new threats you encounter directly to Stay Smart Online.

Top 25 Most Used Passwords - is yours here?

1. 123456

2. password

3. 12345

4. 12345678

5. footbal

l6. qwerty

7. 1234567890

8. 1234567

9. princess

10. 1234

11. login

12. welcome

13. solo

14. abc123

15. admin

16. 121212

17. flower

18. passw0rd

19. dragon

20. sunshine

21. master

22. hottie

23. loveme

24. zaq1zaq1

25. password1

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