The New Year is a great time to proactively explore ways you can boost your internet safety. At CommBank, keeping your money and accounts safe is our priority, but there are also simple ways you can protect yourself from cyber attacks. Cyber attacks can come from anywhere on the web, so a key part of staying safe online is securing your digital footprint.
Here are our cyber security team’s top five tips to help you protect your digital life for the year ahead.
1. Upgrade your passwords
It’s time to change up your old passwords.
Try a passphrase instead of a password – select a few words to make a sentence of at least 14 characters like MyPetGoatHas1PhD!
The best passphrases are long, strong and easy to remember. For the best security, mix it up by using a different passphrase for each website.
2. Lock down your email with two-factor authentication
Cybercrime is on the rise, so passwords are no longer enough to secure your online accounts.
Two-factor authentication requires a unique code from your phone in addition to your password. This second layer of defence prevents unauthorised access to your accounts.
Turn on two-factor authentication for all your sensitive accounts, such as email.
Visit- the Australian Cyber Security Centre for step-by-step instructions on how to set up two-factor authentication.
3. Set up a password manager
Most people re-use the same or similar passwords across multiple websites to make it easier to remember them. Cyber criminals know this and will try previously compromised passwords on your other online accounts.
Consider using a reputable password manager to help you store your passwords as unique and strong passphrases.
4. Switch on auto updates
Out-of-date software leaves your devices vulnerable to being compromised by cyber criminals.
Enable auto updates on your phone, browser and computer operating system so that you can set and forget your device updates.
Visit cyber.gov.au/updates for a step-by-step guide on how to keep your device up-to-date.
5. Take control of your security settings in the CommBank app
Do you know your daily payment limits? Have you restricted your overseas money transfers? Do you know which devices are registered for your CommBank app?
Give your account a quick check up in the CommBank app to review your settings. Find the Security check up on the Accounts & security page.
Gear up with extra security
Your personal information makes up your identity. That’s why it’s critical to never share your banking details, passwords and PIN numbers with anyone, not even CommBank.