Stay safe on the internet.
Stay safe on the internet.

Take steps to combat cyber fraud

IT IS Cyber Security Week, and everyone is being encouraged to stay secure online and commit to protecting their personal and financial information.

Holiday Coast Credit Union is a strong supporter of Cyber Security Awareness Week which aims to help Australians understand the risks associated with online communication and the steps people can take at home or in their small business to protect themselves and their families.

"Anti fraud measures are a key priority for Holiday Coast and its members and everyone in the community has an important role to play," CEO Neville Parsons said.

"There are easy, everyday measures that we can take to protect ourselves and our money from cyber fraud."

Some of the top tips to combat cyber fraud include:

  • Use strong passwords (a mixture of letters numbers and characters) and different
  • passwords for different uses.
  • Stop and think before you click on links and attachments especially if they are
  • unknown.
  • Take care when transacting online - research the supplier and use a safe & secure
  • payment method.
  • Only download "apps" from reputable publishers and read all permission requests.
  • Regularly check your privacy settings on social networking sites.
  • Stop and think before you post any photos or financial information online.
  • If you have children, talk with them about staying safe online, including on their smartphone or mobile devices.

National Cyber Security Awareness Week (June 12-15) focuses on educating people on safe online usage in the home, in small and medium businesses, and in schools for teenagers and young children.

The Stay Smart Online website http://www.staysmartonline.gov.au has further information about what the community can do to help reduce cyber crime.



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