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Simple Steps to Online Safety

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.

This year’s Stay Smart Online Week is all about simple steps to online safety, with a focus on five key areas: privacy of your personal information, strong passwords, software updates, backing up your important information and avoiding online scams.

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 can make a huge difference.

  1. Limit what you share – be careful about how much personal information you share online.

  2. Create strong passwords that are hard for others to guess.

  3. Keep your computers, phones and tablets updated with the latest software.

  4. Regularly back up your data.

  5. Avoid online scams – be on the lookout for suspicious emails and texts, and think before clicking on links or opening attachments.

For practical, easy to follow advice about online safety, visit staysmartonline.gov.au, sign up to the alert service or follow Stay Smart Online on Facebook.

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