Tsunamis do not only do
massive damage in the real world; there are
tsunamis of cybercrime happening in the virtual one. Stay Smart Online Week, 8
to 14 October helps make Australians aware of the issues.
Stay Smart Online Week (website here), 8 to 14 October is an initiative of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). It involves a community of more than 80,000 individuals and organisations, all committed to sharing online safety information. It has a sign-up alert service to tell you about the latest scams.
Your computer has a virus telephone support calls. Remote access scams’ from scammers claiming to be Telstra, NBN, Microsoft and even the police. Once they have access to the victim’s computer, they use the victim’s bank account to transfer money.
And many more including Facebook, Bitcoin, Australia Post
and socially engineers ones to distribute malware and ransomware.
What you need to do to protect
First, remember you may have several ‘front-doors’ and if anyone is unlocked cybercriminals can get in.
Your PC (does not matter if its Windows, Mac or
(Android, Windows or iPad)
A music playback device
Gaming console or PC
Your smartphone (iOS or Android)
Apps and programs that run on the above
Your router to the internet
UPnP devices like network attached storage or security
cameras that can be accessed remotely
Your home network including smart speakers, IoT
devices (front door bells, smart TVs, printers, and all smart home devices)
Your work devices (especially if you log in with the same credentials as home)
Each device needs a different password, third-party protection
(Internet security suites), router protection like deep packet inspection devices (Fing Box or Trend Internet
Security) and privacy settings locked-down.
ACSC has an excellent free guide to protecting yourself here. It also has a small business guide here.