Protect yourself and your online information

In light of recent cyber attacks on big businesses such as Optus and Medibank now is the time to review your cyber security.

The Australian Government’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has tips on how to protect yourself online and what to do if you do fall victim to a cybercrime. Visit the Individuals & Families section of the website at

Cybercrimes may commonly include hacking your computer system through malicious software, scam emails, online scams, identity theft and unauthorised access to your personal data through a business security breach (like the recent Optus incident).

Cybercriminals hack devices using known weaknesses in systems or apps. Updates have security upgrades to fix these weaknesses so turn on automatic updates on your mobile phone, laptop and desktop computer.

You can also use multi-factor authentication to secure online accounts. Other tips include setting secure passwords and watching out for scams via email, SMS text message, phone calls and social media.

If you do fall victim there is help. Cybercrimes can be reported to the ACSC at or by phoning 1300 292 371.

You can report scams to Scamwatch at or if you have experienced identity theft contact IDCARE, a free government-funded service which will work with you to develop a specific response plan to your situation and support you through the process. Visit or phone 1800 595 160

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