National Cyber Security Awareness Week commences 6 June 2010

31 May 2010

The Australian Government is running National Cyber Security Awareness Week between Sunday 6 June and Friday 11 June 2010 to raise awareness among internet users about the importance of cyber security and the simple steps you can take to protect your personal and financial information online.

As the number of people using mobile phones, Wi-Fi, computer game consoles and other devices to access the internet increases, the need for better cyber security across these devices becomes increasingly important. For example, The 2009 Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index reports that 21% of respondents said they visit websites on their mobile phone at least once a day. 25 % of respondents reported using their mobile phone for banking.

As part of the Government's campaign to increase awareness, Australians are being advised to take six simple steps to improve their online security at home and at work:

  1. Install security software and update it regularly.
  2. Turn on automatic updates so that all your software receives the latest fixes.
  3. Get a stronger password and change it at least twice a year.
  4. Stop and think before you click on links or attachments.
  5. Stop and think before you share any personal or financial information - about yourself, your friends or family.
  6. Know what your children are doing online. Make sure they know how to stay safe and encourage them to report anything suspicious. further advice and information.