Stay Smart Online week
October 9-13 is Stay Smart Online week, an Australian Government initiative long supported by Westpac to encourage more secure and confident online interaction.
Being aware of various tools and practices to better protect your personal and financial information online and on mobile is now more important than ever.
Check out these simple steps to improve online security at home and at work:
- Passwords - Keep your passwords secure. Don't share them with anyone and ensure that they can't be easily guessed.
- Software - Install security software on your computer and mobile, set it to scan regularly and ensure it's kept up to date. If your devices are not already protected, take advantage of 6 months free protection with McAfee.
- Phone calls - Be wary of calls you're not expecting, requesting personal information, or access to your computer. If in doubt, ask for a reference number and call the company from a number in a public phone directory to ensure it's genuine.
- Social networking - think before you post photos, financial or personal information about yourself, your friends or family online. And regularly adjust privacy settings.
- Buying online - take care when transacting online - research the supplier and use a safe payment method.
- Email - carefully assess before clicking links and attachments, particularly from unknown senders and keep up to date with the latest information on scams.
- Mobile - protecting your mobile from viruses, malware, and Internet fraud is just as important as protecting your home computer.
- Check and report - Check bank statements and account records carefully to detect anything unusual. If you see something suspicious or don't recognise a transaction, contact the Bank
- Share the knowledge - Talk with your family and encourage them to report anything that makes them uncomfortable. Register for Stay Smart Online Alert Service for regular updates on the latest threats. You can also report any new threats you encounter directly to Stay Smart Online.
Find out more at the Stay Smart Online website.