To avoid becoming a victim of cyber crime we need to accept responsibility for our own security and safety online.
Imagine having credit card companies chasing you for money, having your eftpos card declined at the check-out due to ‘insufficient funds’ because your bank account has been drained, getting turned down for a home loan due to a terrible credit history against your name – and none of that is your fault!
Unfortunately you have fallen victim to cyber crime. Your identity has been stolen and your life has been turned upside down.
Australia is very reliant on the internet and technology; this ensures we stay connected to the rest of the world. While this connectivity is great for our continued growth there is also the very real threat of cyber crime such as fraud and identity theft. Increased connectivity has created new opportunities for criminals, new methods of delivery and new ways to target YOU.
In Australia, the term ‘cyber crime’ is used to describe both:
- Crimes directed at computers or other information communications technologies (such as hacking and denial of service attacks)
- Crimes where computers are an integral part of an offence (such as online fraud, identity theft and the distribution of child exploitation material).
Responsibility for staying safe online really comes down to YOU.
You need to ensure that you are using safe and secure online practices at all times. You also need to educate yourself about cyber crime and become aware of the ways criminals try to get personal information online.
To combat cyber crime please follow these simple steps:
- Be on the lookout for scam emails.
- Secure your computer with an anti-virus
- Ensure your social media is set to ‘private’ and that you log out of your account if you are using a public computer
- Be careful when shopping online
- Make sure your personal information is protected – don’t hand it out to anyone that you cannot verify.
For more information on cyber crime please visit our website and read up about what came out of this year’s QPS Fraud & Cyber-Crime Symposium.