Stay safe online – its Cyber Awareness Week

Did you know? 6.09 million Australians were hit by cybercrime last year.*

Stay Smart Online Week starts TODAY, Monday 8 October, and this year Your Digital File are joining thousands of Australians to help reverse the threat of cybercrime.

Paul Quilliam, CEO of information security platform Your Digital File and encryption company Crypotoloc Technology, says “with a few simple steps all Australian’s can take a step towards better cyber security”.

Throughout the week we are partnering with government, industry and community organisations to fight back against cybercrime and help you and your family stay safe online. If we take these simple actions to keep ourselves, our families and businesses protected when connected, we can avoid the pain, money and time it costs to recover from cybercrime.

Stop cybercriminals from getting the keys to your life – lock down your online security today with these simple tips:

Passwords.
Passwords are your first line of defence against cybercriminals. Make sure you use a different and strong password on all of your accounts. Add an extra layer of security with two-factor authentication.

Phishing.

Phishing are fake messages that try to trick you into giving out your personal or financial details. If you receive a suspicious message, do not click on any links or open any attachments. Always think before you click.

Updates.
Updating your software is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself online. These updates add new features, install bug fixes and fix security holes that could let cybercriminals in. Install software updates as soon as they become available. Better yet, set your system to auto-update.

Public Wi-Fi.
Be wary when using public Wi-Fi. Without the right protection, cybercriminals could see your information, so don’t do online banking or online shopping or send sensitive information.

Each year, Stay Smart Online Week brings a focus to our online security. For more resources to assist parents, teachers, children and business owners to go: https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au

Your Digital FileWith Your Digital File, we want you to stay smart, stay safe and stay connected online. Using Your Digital File to store and share information which is important to you, your family and your business.

*Norton, Norton Cyber Security Insights Report Global Results (2017)