Beware of your personal details online
NEW research released by PayPal has revealed tech-savvy Australians are becoming increasingly complacent towards the digital footprint they leave behind.
More than half (55%) saying they are unsure how many websites hold their personal information, and a third (32%) saying they are unsure how to recognise a scam or a risky website.
PayPal and the Centre for Internet Safety (CIS) are encouraging consumers to be more mindful of their digital footprint, and have developed top tips for sharing information safely online:
Complete an audit of where your details are held online, and cull anything that is unnecessary. Remove yourself from old mailing lists and consolidate your details.
Always think twice before entering details online - and when you do make sure your privacy settings are activated on social networking sites.
Read the terms and conditions and privacy policies available on sites before entering your details.
Use trusted sites and platforms when transacting online and research the supplier of the goods and services by looking up customer reviews online before you create an account with them.
Try to use a secure network when connecting on a mobile device and be wary of free Wi-Fi networks.
Beware of phishing emails - be wary of clicking on links in emails to log into your online accounts.
Watch out for duplicate applications or websites - cyber criminals take advantage of trusted brands by creating free applications or websites that mimic the company's official pages.