Security - security on the internet


Security On The Internet


Is the Internet safe?

Well the answer is Yes! - as long as you follow a few simple rules.

1) Have an up to date internet security program installed on your computer and smart phone. We recommend & use Kaspersky Internet Security. The package costs only $99.00 AUD and covers 3 PC's for a period of 2 years.

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2) Use a password consisting of at least 6 characters including at least one number & one upper case letter or symbol - and update it regularly (every 3 months)

3) Do not do your banking at an internet kiosk or on someone elses computer.

4) Keep away from pornographic and pirate software/hacking sites.

5) If you receive an email from someone you don't know - delete it!

6) If you receive notification that you have won money in a lottery and you don't remember buying a ticket, or you have inherited money from

a long lost uncle that you don't know - then it is probably a scam, and you should delete the message.

7) Never give your bank account or credit card details to anyone. When making payments over the internet use secure websites and a safe

payment method such as Paypal. Secure websites start with "https" and usually display a padlock symbol.

8) Report any scams to the police and keep yourself up to date by visiting scamwatch.


Almost all virus attacks & identity theft are due to computer users not following the above rules.


Malware and Viruses

Malware is short for malicious software and includes such things as viruses, trojans and worms.

A virus is a program or a piece of computer code that is loaded onto your computer without your knowledge and may damage or

disrupt your system. Your computer can be infected by a virus through email messages, using the internet and downloading software.


How to prevent Malware & Viruses

* Do not open any emails from someone you do not know and trust.

* Do not open attachements unless they are expected and the contents are known.

* Install, activate and maintain a firewall on your computer.

* Install and maintain reputable Internet Security Software Package such as Trend, Avast, Nortons, Kaspersky, AVG etc. We run and recommend Kaspersky Internet Security.

* Keep your operating software up to date.




Spam or "electronic junk mail" are unsolicited commercial messages sent to a person's email account or mobile phone.

Spam messages may contain offensive material, promotions for fradulent services, solicitations of personal information and bank details.

They may also contain malware or may attempt to overload your computer to make it vunerable to attack or compromise.


How to prevent Spam

* Turn on any junk mail filters supplied by your email account provider.

* Delete Spam without opening it.

* You can protect your private email account by creating separate email accounts for use in conducting online transactions.


Protecting your personal information

The personal information and images you post online may be used to create a profile of you with the view of stealing your identity or

in some cases, identifying your physical location.



How to protect your personal information

* Think about the type of personal information you share online and how that might be used by others. Consider protecting your friends and family also, ask that

they do the same for you.

* You should never share your full name, date of birth, address or phone number with people or sites that you do not know and trust.



A phishing email directs recipients to a website that looks like the real website of a retailer or financial institution.

The website is designed to encourage the visitor to reveal financial details and "phish" for information, such as credit card numbers,

account names, passwords or other personal information.


How to prevent Phishing

* Do not respond to an email purporting to be from your bank.

* Never click on a link in an email, always type the url into the browser.

* When you are on a banking website look for the padlock icon and "https://" to make sure you are on a secure site.

* Report any "phishing" attempts to your financial institution.



Scams have existed for centuries, however the internet allows scammers to reach a much larger audience.

A scam might come in the form of an email, contact from an unknown person through websites such as dating sites, online forums

or social networking sites. Scams are usually designed to either steal your money or trick you into revealing personal information.

They use techniques to manipulate you and appeal to your good nature, and are constantly evolving.

Scams may relate to such things as employment, surveys, investment, lotteries, charities and pharmaceuticals.

How to avoid being a victim of a scam.

* Use your common sense before agreeing to anything.

* Do not transfer money for or provide credit card/bank account details to anyone you do not know and trust.

* Verify the company or charity before agreeing to any offers.

* If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!

* Report suspected scams to SCAMwatch. Report any loss to your local police and/or financial institution.


Fraud and ID Theft

Scams and phishing may be a means for someone to defraud you and steal your identity. Divulging too much personal information

online or via the phone may be another way in which criminals steal your identity.

With a stolen identity, a person may access your bank account, obtain credit cards or loans in your name and potentially

ruin your credit rating.


How to prevent fraud and ID Theft.

* Put a padlock on your letterbox.

* Don't share personal information in an email, online communication or over the phone with people you do not know and trust.

* Use strong passwords, with a combination of letters, numbers & symbols and keep them secret.

* Do not access sites that contain your sensitive personal information from public computers eg internet cafes.

* Report any loss to your financial institution and local police.

* Keep up to date with all of the latest scams by visiting scam watch.


Windows Defender

Originally known as Microsoft AntiSpywareWindows Defenderis a free protection program provided by Microsoft to help protect computers running Windows from spyware and malware. With the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft added improved functionality to Windows Defender by adding antivirus protection, as well as spyware and other malware protection.



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