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Reverse the threat of cybercrime during Stay Smart Online Week 2018

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Cybercrime is a big problem in Australia and all over the world. The human and financial cost to businesses and society is rising every year. During Stay Smart Online Week 2018, Australians are encouraged to reverse the threat of online scams.

Between January and August 2018 reports to Scamwatch indicate $48 million has been reported lost to over 38 000 online based scams.

Many scams also go unreported, and research has demonstrated that over six million Australians were affected by cybercrime in 2017.

More scam are occurring over the internet as social media and online shopping becomes more popular and sophisticated. Dating and romance scams now happen on social media as much as dating websites and scammers are creating more convincing fakes of real online retailers and other websites to steal your personal information.

That’s why, Scamwatch is partnering with Stay Smart Online to fight back against cybercrime and help you and your family stay safe online.

It’s all about smarter ways to avoid the pain, money and time it costs to recover from cybercrime. We can all take simple actions to keep ourselves, our families and businesses protected when connected.

When shopping online, check reviews, do your research and only pay with secure payment methods.

Be wary of free downloads and website access, such as music, games, movies and adult sites, they may install harmful programs without you knowing.

Always keep your computer security up to date. Only buy computer and anti-virus software from a reputable source.

Don’t click on any links or open attachments from emails claiming to be from your bank or another trusted organisation asking you to update or verify your details – just delete the email.

Choose passwords and PINs that would be difficult for others to guess, and update them regularly. Don’t save them on your phone or computer.

Never give an unsolicited caller remote access to your computer.

Stop cybercriminals from getting the keys to your life – lock down your online security.

Source: ACCC

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