The 2010 National Cyber Security Awareness Week (June 6 – 10) focused on protecting personal and financial information online.

“Australians are increasingly relying on the internet in their everyday lives, from banking and shopping to accessing news and keeping in touch with friends and family,” Senator Conroy said.

“The Awareness Week aims to educate and empower people with the information, confidence and practical tools they need to protect themselves online.”

Launched by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy and Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, the theme “Protect Yourself Online” looked at the increasing number of devices we now use to access the internet.

“These days it is not just computers that go online. Phones, game consoles, TVs and even fridges and photo frames can be connected to the internet,” Senator Conroy said.

6 steps to help protect your family:

  1. Install security software and update it regularly
  2. Turn on automatic updates so that all your software receives the latest fixes
  3. Get a stronger password and change it at least twice a year
  4. Stop and think before you click on links or attachments
  5. Stop and think before you share any personal or financial information – about yourself, your friends or family, and
  6. Know what your children are doing online. Make sure they know how to stay safe and encourage them to report anything suspicious.

Information about the Protecting Yourself Online booklet is available on the Australian Government’s website Stay Smart Online.

Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.

Source: Stay Smart Online