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In light of recent global events, there is a heightened risk of cyber-attacks. We urge local organisations to exercise additional vigilance when monitoring IT infrastructure. Please report suspicious activity to us via our Cyber Concerns Reporting Tool.

1. Keep your personal information private

... such as your telephone number, date of birth and your address. Turn off
your GPS location services and your device's camera when not using them.

2. Avoid sharing your whereabouts online

... to avoid cyber-stalking. Wait to post those concert or trip pictures until when you get home so criminals are not aware you aren't home.

3. Think twice before you post or say anything online

Once it is in cyberspace, it is out there forever. Remember that what you post may impact you negatively in future.

4. Only do and say things online that you would do or say in real life

Think about how your decisions on what you post or say online can have positive or negative consequences later. 

5. Speak up if you see something inappropriate

Let the website know by using reporting features where available and tell
somebody you trust for advice. 

6. Use strong passwords

... that also use a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols. Don't share your passwords with anyone. We recommend using three random, but memorable, words with a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters (e.g. B1cycleSh0ePark!).

7. Be careful who you meet online

Simply because someone with mutual friends wants to add you on a website or app does not mean they are trustworthy. 

8. Use privacy settings on social networking websites 

... such as Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, and Facebook. Think about who you want to see your posts before posting them.

9. Be cautious when downloading applications on your smartphone

... they may contain malware that could infect your device. Only download apps
from trusted official app stores (e.g. Google Play, Apply App Store). Third
party app stores can have a lot of fake apps that contain malicious code. 

10. Be sure to review and understand the details of an app

... before installing it, and be wary of the information it requests. Some apps will allow you to use the app even if you say ‘no’ to certain requests for information or access to your devices. 

 

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10 Online Safety Tips Infographic