Safety Online

IN THIS SECTION
Virus and Anti-Virus
Scams
Secure Access
Identity Theft

Not everyone is trustworthy. The sheer size of the internet and the “virtual” anonymity of transactions and conversations mean ever more vigilance is required. The YOURLifeChoices Security, Spam and Scams page is aimed at providing you with the latest news and updates to keep you secure. Why not get a Free Anti-Virus Scanner, find out the latest Spam and Scams doing the rounds so you are not hit, or read up on how to prevent Identity Theft!

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SCAMwatch
The SCAMwatch website is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and provides information on how to recognise, avoid and report scams. You can find details on the latest scams in operation and the site has also broken down scams into categories like identity theft scams, mobile phone scams and chain letter scams.
www.scamwatch.gov.au

Stay Smart Online
The Australian Government's cybersecurity website provides information for Australian internet users on the simple steps you can take to protect your personal and financial information online.
www.staysmartonline.gov.au

Techradar
Did you know that it’s possible for your smartphone to get a virus, or for someone to hack into your smartphone to steal your information or run up large phone bills in your name? Techradar has a comprehensive guide to smartphone security, which can help you to avoid falling victim to these smartphone crimes.
www.techradar.com

CNET
This site offers a comprehensive guide to what people like to download and what are the latest downloads available. It provides a useful guide to the free anti-virus software that is available online.
www.cnet.com

Australian Government
The Australian Government has created a guide to help all Australians stay safe and secure online by implementing security measures, gaining knowledge and reducing risks.
www.ag.gov.au

Google Security Blog
Get the most up-to-date online security news at the Google Security Blog. Security breaches, warnings, news of new viruses and more are publicised by Google, so you can stay on top of threats to your online safety.
www.googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com.au

Money Buddy
Making sure your online banking is secure is important for many reasons. Money Buddy’s guide to securing your online banking explains how to protect your money and avoid identity theft and the five minutes it takes to read could save you from an online banking attack.
www.moneybuddy.com.au

PCWorld
A leading company in the technology information business, PCWorld produces a magazine as well as publishes articles on its website. With the only security measure between your personal information and a hacker being your password, PCWorld explains how to create a secure password you can remember.
www.pcworld.com

Good Security Questions
Many websites, including Centrelink (now known as Human Services), will ask you to create a series of security questions in case you forget your password. But a poorly chosen security question could give a hacker easy access to your information. So how do you choose a good security question?
www.goodsecurityquestions.com

PCMag
Shopping online is fast, convenient and often the goods are delivered directly to your door. But how can you be sure it’s safe? PCMag offers 11 tips for safe online shopping, so you know when, how and where it is safe to pay for items online.
www.pcmag.com

 

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Is free antivirus software worthwhile?

Without virus protection you're leaving your computer's front door unlocked for viruses.

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Your online privacy rights

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Viruses & Antivirus

Is free antivirus software worthwhile?

Without virus protection you're leaving your computer's front door unlocked for viruses.

Which program is best?

Best free antivirus for Mac and PC

Protect your Mac or PC for free.

Are you secured?

Are you being watched?

A new study shows that your computer's webcam might not be as secure as you think.

Are you being watched?

Scams

Scam phone calls

Phone scammers are targeting unsuspecting computer users.

Stay safe online

$90 million lost to scams

A whopping $90 million was reported lost to scams in 2013.

Would you spot a scam?

Facebook video scams

Don’t fall victim to this video scam.

Don’t fall for it

Secure Access

Securing your Google account

Drew explains how to secure your account through mobile verification.

Stay secure online

The 25 worst internet passwords

Online security experts SplashData has been compiled a list of the most hacked passwords.

Are you guilty of using any of these?

Tips to keep your data secure

The internet is not as safe or secure as it used to be

Protect your passwords

Identity Theft

Is your smartphone being tracked?

New spy software could allow your partner to record all your smartphone activity.

Are you being tracked?

Criminals to target ATMs over Christmas

Think you’re safe withdrawing money from your local shopping centre ATM?

Protect your money

Tips to keep your data secure

The internet is not as safe or secure as it used to be

Protect your passwords

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