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Take steps to better secure yourself

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The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has released a checklist to help Australians protect themselves from cyber criminals. Lottery and grant scams, identity theft, investment scams, hacking, phishing, dating and romance scams, online abuse and sextortion are just some of the threats people face.

Our Easy Steps Guide shows how you can better protect yourself from these threats and secure your accounts and devices, and your digital identity.

By following this checklist, all users of technology – individuals and families, businesses and organisations – will make themselves less of a target.

To counter disinformation and election disruption, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is encouraging voters to carefully check the source of electoral communication they receive. The ACSC recommends that you follow AEC advice: stop and consider.

Follow the Easy Steps Guide

The ACSC’s Easy Steps Guide shows you how to better secure your accounts and devices, by stepping you through a six-day plan:

  • Day 1: Create a strong, unique password and turn on two-factor authentication for your bank and purchasing accounts, AppleID, Google account and email account
  • Day 2: Create a strong, unique password and turn on two-factor authentication for your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and WhatsApp or other messaging apps
  • Day 3: Add a PIN/password and turn on automatic software updates for your mobile phone, device, home computer and laptop
  • Day 4: Install security software on your mobile phone, device, home computer and laptop
  • Day 5: Complete the security check-up for your Gmail, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Day 6: Turn off automatic connection to Wi-Fi and only connect to trusted Wi-Fi networks on your mobile phone, device, home computer and laptop.

Need more information?

Visit ACSC’s Stay Smart Online website and sign up for the alert service about new threats.

Keep up to date with AEC information via their website, and contact your social media provider about any images or other content that you wish to report.

Go to the ‘Have I been Pwned?’ website to see if your email account has been breached.

If you have been a victim of a cybercrime, report it to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).

Contact IDCare at idcare.org if you’ve experienced identity theft.

While no single mitigation strategy is guaranteed to prevent cyber security incidents, implementing the ACSC’s Essential Eight provides baseline protection for your business.

To report a cyber security incident, email asd.assist@defence.gov.au or call 1300 CYBER1 (1300 292 371).

Date
May 2nd, 2019