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Protect yourself online

P&N Bank is encouraging its members to make internet safety a top priority, partnering with Stay Smart Online to promote Stay Smart Online Week.

The internet has become so crucial and ingrained in our daily lives. We work, shop, bank and network online, so it will come as no surprise that the latest internet usage stats show around 87% of us access the world wide web every day.

Constant access to the internet though comes with huge risk and can give criminals opportunities to steal money, information and identities. It is more important than ever to ensure you’re armed with the knowledge and resources to use the internet safely.

P&N wants to remind members to make internet safety a top priority by partnering with Stay Smart Online to promote Stay Smart Online Week – a national awareness initiative dedicated to boosting Australia’s cyber resilience.

Stay Smart Online Week, which runs from 9 to 13 October, aims to put online security in the spotlight, and encourage Australians to set aside time to focus on some important internet safety tips.

Thankfully, there are some easy things that we can all do to dramatically improve how we protect our personal and financial information online, and recover if things go wrong. Even small actions can make a huge difference.

Here are some simple steps to stay safe online:

1. Be careful how much personal information you share online – treat it like money and don’t leave key information accessible on social media or other online platforms.

2. Create strong passwords and passphrases that are hard for others to guess – they should be at least 16 characters long, use a mix of letters, numbers and symbols and vary for each high risk account (banking, online payments and social media).

3. Keep your devices updated with the latest software – keep operating systems, anti-virus software, browsers, apps and plugins up to date.

4. Regularly back up your data – frequently backup important files (such as documents and photos) to hard drives or a cloud service.

5. Be on the lookout for suspicious emails or messages - think before clicking on links or opening attachments, use separate email addresses for work and personal use and don’t share your email address online.

With cybercrime estimated to cost Australians more than $1 billion per year, following some of these simple steps to protect your information can make a huge difference.

For more easy to follow tips, or to find out more about Stay Smart Online Week, visit www.staysmartonline.gov.au

 

 

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