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Stay Smart Online week

Stay Smart Online week
Cassandra Ball | 12-10-15

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to raise the awareness of cybersecurity and educate the public of the dangers. 

We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. Technology is a part of our everyday lives, whether we like it or not. October 12-16 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.

Check out these simple steps to improve online security at home and at work:

  • Passwords - Keep your passwords secure. Don't share them with anyone and ensure that they can't be easily guessed.  ​

  • Software – If you haven’t already, contact your Qbit Account Manager to arrange the install of our security software on your computer and mobile. We will set it to scan regularly and ensure its kept up to date.

  • Phone calls - Be wary of calls you're not expecting, requesting personal information, or access to your computer. If in doubt, ask for a reference number and call the company from a number in a public phone directory to ensure it's genuine.

  • Social networking - think before you post photos, financial or personal information about yourself, your friends or family online. And regularly adjust privacy settings.

  • Buying online - take care when transacting online - research the supplier and use a safe payment method.

  • Email - carefully assess before clicking links and attachments, particularly from unknown senders and keep up to date with the latest information on scams.

  • Mobile - protecting your mobile from viruses, malware, and Internet fraud is just as important as protecting your home computer.  

  • Check and report - Check bank statements and account records carefully to detect anything unusual. If you see something suspicious or don't recognise a transaction, contact the Bank

  • Share the knowledge - Talk with your family and encourage them to report anything that makes them uncomfortable.

  • Report any new threats you encounter directly to Qbit Computers. You can also register for Stay Smart Online Alert Service for regular updates on the latest threats.

You can find out more information at the Stay Smart Online website or contact Qbit on (08) 6364 0600.

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