Cyber Awareness Week this June

April 29th, 2014

information technology professionals at Cyber Conference

With so many of us now sharing personal and financial information on the Internet, cyber security has become a serious issue. That’s why the Australian Government, in partnership with industry and community groups, is attempting to make Australians more aware of online security. Cyber Awareness Week, to be held from the 2nd to the 6th of June, is one way of doing this.

What is Cyber Awareness Week?

Cyber Awareness Week, now known as Stay Smart Online Week, is a government initiative designed to help Australians protect their personal and financial information online. Now in its seventh year, the week encompasses a wide range of events including seminars, webinars, media and social media.

This year’s theme is ‘On The Go’ and it’s aimed at raising awareness in regards to the additional need for security on mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones.

How you can get involved

This year’s Stay Smart Online Week has already attracted some 1,500 partners including 700 schools, but there’s still plenty of room if you want to get involved.

One way is to become a partner. There’s no financial obligation and all that’s required is that your group or organisation makes a commitment to help spread the online security message.

If your organisation would like to become a partner for this year’s awareness week, all you have to do is go to the Stay Smart Online website.

Stay Smart Online website

The Stay Smart Online website is a permanent resource for anyone wishing to find out how to protect themselves online. It offers all kinds of security tips for online banking, shopping and social media and includes resources for parents and teachers on keeping children safe online.

The website also has a free alert service which offers email or RSS feed notification of the latest cyber security threats and the best ways to guard against them.

Stay Smart Online also has useful tips regarding cyber security that are well worth remembering. These include:

  • Keep security software, operating systems and applications updated
  • Use strong passwords and have different ones for different uses
  • Do not open attachments or links you don’t know or trust
  • Use only secure, reputable online shopping sites
  • Read all permission requests in apps to understand what information they will be accessing
  • Keep your privacy settings high on social media sites
  • Don’t post personal photos or financial information online
  • Make sure your children understand about online security
  • Report any suspicious behaviour online to your ISP or download the Government’s cybersafety help button.

As we come to rely more and more on the Internet for our financial transactions, entertainment and socialising, it’s up to all of us to do everything we can to keep our information safe online.

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