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Cybersafety Tips for Seniors

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The global cost of cybercrime was around $600 billion in 2018. In Australia, the estimated cost to individuals and business was $7 billion.

On average, Australians have around 17 connected devices in their homes and this figure is expected to rise dramatically over the next four years.

The 2017 Australian Cyber Security Centre Threat Report identified 47,000 cyber related incidents in 2017, which is a 15 per cent increase from 2016.

Supporting and protecting senior members of the community from online threats is an important focus for the Australian Government.

Don’t let the words ‘Cyber Security’ concern you. Follow these tips to be safe online:

1.       STRONG AND UNIQUE PASSWORDS

 Your passwords shouldn’t be easy for someone to guess so don’t include your name or anything identifiable to you. Use a password which is at least 8 characters (although 12 characters are now recommended) with upper and lower case letters as well as symbols.

2.       USE SECURITY AND PRIVACY SETTINGS

Make sure you secure all your devices with a password or code so no-one else can access them. Check your internet browser setting and install anti-virus software. If you don’t know how to do this ask a family member to help you or speak to your Care Worker.

3.       SHARE WITH CARE

If you are on social media use their privacy controls. Facebook has extensive privacy setting whereas others are a bit less sophisticated with only a choice between public and private.

4.       KEEP YOUR SOFTWARE UP-TO-DATE

This is important as most software has security features that may lapse over time.

5.       ALWAYS STOP AND THINK

Think before you click on any links or open email attachments. If it doesn’t look normal don’t click on it - you won’t be missing out. It’s easy to feel panic when faced with an urgent request so wait and get a second opinion. NEVER give out your passwords.

6.       LOG OUT

After using your device be sure to log out!