HomeView 2014 Media ReleasesSimple tips to Stay Smart Online

The Customer Owned Banking Association today encouraged Australians to take simple steps during Stay Smart Online Week to keep personal details secure.

COBA today supported efforts to ensure personal and financial information remains protected when people are ‘On the Go’.

Stay Smart Online Week’s ‘On the Go’ theme reflects the continued growth in mobile devices and the need for consumers to avoid online risks.

“The growth of transactions, shopping and communicating online needs to be matched by better understanding of how to stay safe and secure in digital environments,” COBA CEO Louise Petschler said.

“For this reason, COBA is a proud partner of Stay Smart Online Week and continues to work with its member institutions – credit unions, building societies and mutual banks - to fight fraud and online scams.”

COBA today highlighted the growing use of smart phones and tablets and the following tips for secure communication and transactions:

  • Put a password on your phone and a PIN on your SIM card. 
  • Setup your device to automatically lock.
  • Encrypt your data.
  • Consider installing security software from a reputable provider.  
  • Stay with reputable websites and mobile applications (apps).
  • Do not click on unsolicited or unexpected links. 
  • Check your phone bill for unusual data charges or premium rate calls. 
  • Check for updates to your phone's operating system regularly and install them as soon as they are available.
  • In case of theft or loss ask your provider or manufacturer whether it has services such as mobile tracking and the ability to remotely wipe your information stored on the phone.

For more information on other top tips in Stay Smart Online Week visit the campaign website www.staysmartonline.gov.au/awareness_week

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