Module summary

Number 1 Cyber security

  • Cyber security threats and scams are prevalent in our digital society.
  • A common security threat is phishing, which involves a person using electronic communication, typically email or messaging, to induce the user to click on a malicious link, or provide sensitive data.
  • Installing anti-virus software is recommended, plus there is a range of additional steps you can take.

Number 2 Online privacy concerns

  • Privacy is reliant on having transparency, security and choice around how your information is collected and used.
  • Australian businesses and government departments, especially larger ones, need to comply with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Spam Act 2003 (Cth).

Number 3 Protect your privacy

  • There are steps you can take to protect your privacy online.
  • It is important to limit the amount of personal information you share online.

Number 4 Have you been hacked?

  • Regularly checking your accounts for any security breaches is an important part to staying safe online.
  • Using your email address across multiple services and sites poses a significant risk. If your email is breached, it can potentially grant unauthorised access to all associated sites and services.

Number 5 Create secure passwords

  • One of the most important steps to staying safe online is creating a secure password for each account.
  • The longer the password the better.

Number 6 Account and password management

  • In an effort to stay secure online, multiple passwords and usernames can become hard to track.
  • Using proper account management and password managers can make keeping track a lot easier.
  • Since not every password manager offers the same security or convenience as others, it’s crucial to carefully evaluate their differences before making an informed decision on which to use.

Number 7 Multi-factor authentication

  • Sometimes having a super secure password is not enough to stay safe online.
  • Enabling multi-factor authentication creates an additional barrier to secure your account.

You have completed the DIgital Security module.


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