G&C Mutual Bank is encouraging its members to make internet safety a top priority, partnering with Stay Smart Online to promote to Stay Smart Online Week – a national awareness initiative dedicated to boosting Australia’s cyber resilience.
Stay Smart Online Week (9-13 October) is a national awareness initiative that puts online security in the spotlight, and provides an opportunity for individuals and businesses to focus on the important but easy steps that they can take to stay safe online.
The theme for this year is 'Simple steps to online safety'. There are simple things that you can do to
dramatically improve how you protect your personal and financial information online, and recover if things go wrong – even small actions
Take some simple steps below for your online safety:
Regularly back up your data
Backup your data regularly and retain the backup in a safe location, preferably protected or isolated from the device the data is being backed up from
Be on the lookout for suspicious emails and texts
Treat any unexpected message with caution.
When you receive an email, consider who is emailing you and what they are asking you to do. If you are unsure, call the business where you received the suspect message from, using contact details obtained from their website or other legitimate source.
Create strong passwords that are hard for others to guess
Create strong passwords to be secure . Use strong, hard-to-guess passwords and/or two-factor authentication where available to access your accounts.
Your personal information is precious - don't overshare
Be wary of what you share online. Stop and think before you provide any photos or financial or personal information about yourself, your friends or your family.
Keep your devices updated with the latest software
Regularly update applications (including anti-virus software and plugins) and operating systems to fix these vulnerabilities. Most vendors make automatic updates available
With cybercrime estimated to cost Australians more than $1 billion per year, and around 87% of us accessing the internet every day, it’s more important than ever that we take the time to learn about how to keep our information and assets safe when we’re online.
Stay Smart Online have also launched the Stay Smart Online Alert Service, which is a free service for Australian internet users, to explain recent online threats and how they can be managed. Sign up for the free Stay Smart Online Alert Service to receive all the information you need on the latest online threats.