7 tips to stay smart online and avoid cyber crime

7 tips to stay smart online and avoid cybercrime

As part of Stay Smart Online week (in early October), the ATO published some useful tips about improving online safety.

  1. Be careful about what information you share online. Thieves look to steal personal information with the intent to commit identity fraud.
  2. Strong passwords are vital. Use two-factor authentication to add an extra layer of security where possible.
  3. Keep software updated on all devices to protect information.
  4. Back up important information regularly using a storage device or online cloud service.
  5. Be on the lookout for suspicious emails and text messages and think twice before clicking links or opening attachments.
  6. Never transfer funds to an unverified bank account.
  7. Be wary of online scams. For example, promoters of illegal schemes promise early access to your super. Check with the ATO if you suspect a scam. If something seems too good to be true it probably is. ■

Ref: TaxWise Business November 2019

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