Simple Ways To Stay Safe Online By Avoiding Hackers
Over the last 12 months more than 5 million Australians were targeted online by cyber criminals – at a total cost of around $1.65 billion – according to a recent Norton Cyber-crime report. Worldwide, more than 550 million people are affected at a cost of close to $113 billion.
The latest rise in cyber crime is heavily associated with society’s smart phone, tablet and social media addictions. Other contributing factors are due to the increased digitalisation of banking services and personal and confidential information online and on our digital devices.
Through social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, one of every three Australians have fallen prey to cyber crime involving hacking mobile banking applications, stealing confidential client information and online harassment.
These attacks are often due to a lack of basic security measures on users devices and digital accounts – with 1 of every 2 people globally failing to implement passwords, back-up files or anti-virus software where necessary.
Old devices can also contain confidential information and you should be especially careful when exchanging or disposing of old devices or computers.
Here are some simple tips that can help you to stay safe online.
Where possible avoid:
- Simple passwords like “password”
- Using consecutive numbers or letters like “asdf” or “1234”
- Using basic information that can be easily retrieved such as your name, birthday, postcode, address, your partner’s name or your company name
Where possible try to:
- Make your password as long as possible
- Use a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, symbols and numbers
- Substitute symbols for letters, for example 0’s instead of o’s and $’s instead of s’s
- Add numbers in the middle of the password rather than only at the start or the end
- And finally, try not to reuse passwords across different accounts in order to keep your credit card information and personal details secure.
Hackers, scams and cyber crime can cost you time and money – it’s best to save yourself the heartache.
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