Online safety tips
Cyber security is a risk for anyone sharing their personal information online. Treat your personal information with the same caution you would treat your mobile phone – protect it and never leave it in the open where someone can take it.
Protect your information
- Think before you fill out online forms or subscribe to emails
- Ask yourself if you really need to give certain information
Think about how your information could be compromised
- Check your online account and statements regularly to detect any signs of identity theft
- Be careful who you share your information with
Know what to do in the event of a scam
- Notify the relevant company if you:
- see suspicious activity on your account
- receive a suspicious email, SMS or phone call
- Change your password immediately
Tips to help protect yourself from scammers
- Be aware of offers that promise prize winnings
- Type web addresses directly into your browser, navigate to the official app store to download apps, or contact the relevant organisation directly over the phone
- Regularly check your computer for viruses and spyware to ensure that your system is not being scanned for personal details without your knowledge
- If you received a suspicious message and are in doubt, delete it
- Use a strong password for your account and change it at least twice a year
For more information and resources on recognising, avoiding and reporting scams visit:
- Scamwatch is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). It provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.
- Stay Smart Online provides information on how to reduce the risk of cyber security threats such as software vulnerabilities, online scams, malicious activities and risky online behaviour.