During October 2019, First Option partnered with the Australian Government to support Stay Smart Online Week.
Our goal is to raise awareness to reverse the threat of cybercrime.
Every day cyber criminals steal the online identities of people just like you. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, whether you are male or female, or where you live, cybercriminals look to take advantage of people who make it easy for them to steal from.
The statistics tell us that the risk of falling victim to online crime is climbing every day.
Almost one in three Australian adults were impacted by cybercrime in 2018, and victims can spend so much time, energy and emotion recovering from the damage caused.
But Australians still think about their personal information differently to their physical belongings. Isn’t it strange how we always lock our front door, but not our computer?
Don’t wait for a cybercriminal to steal your identity – take control of your online identity today with a few easy steps:
1. Setting your social media to private
Cybercriminals can piece together info from your social media and all over the internet to steal your identity. Check the privacy settings on your devices, apps and social media so that you’re only sharing information with people you know. Complete your privacy check-up.
2. Using a different password for each of your important online accounts
Passwords are the first line of defence against cybercriminals. If you’re using the same password on multiple accounts, by guessing one of your passwords a cybercriminal could access all of your accounts. Importantly, make sure that your Internet Banking NetCode is different from all your other passwords.
3. Never provide your details via a link in a message
Scam messages are one of the most common ways cybercriminals try to steal your information online. Think you know how to spot a scam? Put your skills to the test – take the quiz.
Want to know more?
Each year, Stay Smart Online Week brings a focus to our online security. To get more tips on simple ways to take control of your online identity and reverse the threat, visit Stay Smart Online