National Cyber Security Awareness Week Starts

30 05 2011

National Cyber Security Awareness Week starts today and runs to 3 June. It is an initiative of the Australian Government, with a number of government agencies and business becoming involved in partnership.

This year it has added significance with internet security breaches increasing, including high profile security breaches involving Sony and Vodafone customers.

The aim of  National Cyber Security Awareness Week is to protect online security and online privacy. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has published a summary of some simple things that everyone can do to improve online security:

• Install and renew your security software and set it to scan regularly .

• Turn on automatic updates on all your software, including your operating system and other applications.

• Think carefully before you click on links and attachments, particularly in emails and on social networking sites.

• Regularly adjust your privacy settings on social networking sites.

• Report or talk to someone about anything online that makes you uncomfortable or threatened – download the government’s Cybersafety Help Button.

• Stop and think before you post any photos or financial or personal information about yourself, your friends or family.

• Use strong passwords and change them at least twice a year.

• Talk within your family about good online safety.

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