Be a smart digital citizen – simple advice for staying safe online

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Get the most from your digital experiences with these top online safety tips.

We live in an increasingly connected world. Whether you like to check the news on your phone each morning, log in to Facebook, shop online, or download the latest apps, many of our daily activities and experiences now take place online.

The Federal Government has recently released a refreshed Cybersmart Digital Citizen’s Guide to help you get the most out of your digital world. The guide encourages you to know your online world, engage with others positively and be mindful of your online decisions – which aligns with our own advice for customers.

In support of the guide, we’ve also pulled together some of our top tips to help you stay safe online:

1. Protect your computer so you can stay safe and have the best online experience.

By installing an internet security package you can protect yourself from viruses.  We offer customers a free 6 month trial of McAfee Internet Security, which  provides anti-virus, anti-malware, firewall, spam filters and parental controls for your PC or Mac. Another important tip is to keep your operating system up to date.

2. Think about the information you’re sharing.

Social networking sites are a great way to stay in touch with people, but it’s important to make sure your profile pages are only accessible to people you trust. Check your privacy settings on these sites and never share sensitive personal information. It’s also good practice to regularly check and set the privacy settings for other applications you use.

3. Report suspicious activity.

By staying alert and reporting suspicious activity you can help yourself and others have positive experiences online.  Be aware of hoaxes – we don’t send emails requesting you to confirm, update or disclose your confidential banking information. If you suspect any of your accounts have been accessed online by someone other than yourself, please notify us immediately.

We’re proud to support the updated Federal Government’s Cybersmart Digital Citizen’s Guide.

You can read about the importance of being a smart digital citizen in my post on the Cybersmart blog. Or find more tips for staying safe online here.