Protect Yourself Online

18 March 2013
Protect Yourself Online

Victorians are being urged to tackle cybercrime head-on as part of the new Protect Yourself Online campaign.

The campaign warns Victorians that they can become victims of online crimes such as hacking, identity theft and cyberbullying with just the click of a button.

A 2012 study by Norton found Australians lost a staggering $2 billion to online crimes in 2012, while a PriceWaterhouseCoopers report confirmed that cybercrime is now the second most common form of economic crime in the country.

As part of the Department of Justice campaign, Victorians are being encouraged to watch a short video outlining the steps they can take to stay safe online.

Tips for staying safe online include:

  • Creating strong passwords and changing them regularly
  • Using an anti-virus program and turning on automatic updates
  • If you don't know who sent the email, delete it
  • Think before you act online. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Your personal information is valuable - protect it
  • Don't respond to a cyberbully if you're being bullied online. Block the person from contacting you online and report the incident to authorities if the cyberbullying continues.

To find out how to stay safe online, go to Justice.vic.gov.au/ProtectYourselfOnline

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