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Cyber Security - Australians Still not Meeting the Mark

by Daniel Borin

Cyber Security - Australians Still not Meeting the Mark

Are you vulnerable to cybercrime? Here are some latest statictics from 'Digital Australia'.

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Reading from the recent "Digital Australia: State of the Nation (2017 edition)” it is clear that Australians are still very vulnerable to cybercrime. Some of the staggering statistics for 2017 were:

  • 31 % of respondents still open emails from unknown senders
  • 37% do not install antivirus/malware protection on computers and tablets
  • 40% do not password protect their laptop/desktop/tablet
  • 41% do not use different passwords across different accounts

Given the above statistics it is not surprising that 20% of respondents acknowledged that they have been hacked or had a security breach. The most common area for security breaches was email (8% of all respondents) which we might expect given the massive increase in fake emails in recent times.

As Australians we need to be far more vigilant when it comes to protecting ourselves as Digital Citizens in this rapidly changing world. Our top five recommendations for keeping you safe are:

  1. Never open email attachments other than PDFs unless you are 100% expecting them and know the source well.
  2. Don’t click on links in emails. It’s always best to copy the URL into a site like VIRUSTOTAL.COM to have it scanned.
  3. Always use up-to-date antivirus on all of your devices.
  4. Always keep your devices up-to-date.
  5. Use complex, unique passwords for all of your accounts and devices and keep your passwords protected. There are several password keeper apps available on the market that can help with this. We recommend to choose reputable one.


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Wednesday, July 5, 2017