Improve your cyber security during Stay Smart Online Week 2017

The theme for Stay Smart Online Week 2017 is simple steps to online safety.
The theme for Stay Smart Online Week 2017 is simple steps to online safety.

How vigilant are you about cyber security?

Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker has encouraged everyone on the Mid-North Coast to take steps to protect their online safety as part of Stay Smart Online Week.

The national awareness raising initiative runs from October 9 to 13.

Mr Hartsuyker said anyone could be a victim of cyber crime, from big business to mums and dads.

“Cyber crime is estimated to cost the Australian economy more than $1 billion a year, and around 43 per cent of cyber crimes are targeted at small businesses,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The theme for Stay Smart Online Week 2017 is ‘simple steps to online safety,’ with individuals and businesses urged to learn more about the simple and practical steps they can take to improve their online security.”

The federal government’s cyber security experts recommend focusing on five key areas of online safety.

They are the privacy of your personal information, strong passwords, software updates, backing up your important data and avoiding online scams.

“Stay Smart Online Week is the perfect time to take steps to improve your cyber security and to talk to family, friends, and colleagues about internet safety,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Everyone has a role to play to ensure Australia’s cyber security and Stay Smart Online Week is a great opportunity to ensure you are taking effective cyber security measures.

“By taking small actions, like using strong passwords and regularly backing up our data, everyone can make a big difference in the fight against cyber crime.”

Click here for more information about Stay Smart Online Week 2017.