on 13-12-2019 09:27 AM - last edited on 20-02-2020 02:36 PM by Aoife
Staying safe online has never been more important for individuals and business’ worldwide. In 2018 alone, Australian businesses lost more than $60 million to e-mail scams. It is also estimated that by the end of 2019, cyber-scam losses will exceed $532 million, surpassing half a billion dollars for the first time.
Understandably, it can be difficult to know where to begin to ensure you’re taking the appropriate steps to avoid falling victim to cybercrime. First, it’s important to get the basics right. Below is a checklist of 12 initial steps that you and your business can take to boost your safety while online.
a. Check settings to ensure you're not providing unnecessary access to your information to apps you've installed.
b. Switch off Bluetooth when it’s not being used.
c. Do not connect to Free Wi-Fi access points no matter how secure it claims to be. If you have no option, then use a VPN service to secure your communications.
d. Don’t let others including family members, use your device without your supervision. They may unknowingly click on links and pop-ups which will expose your device to the hackers. Where possible use parental controls.
Finally, maintain your cyber security awareness. A great place to refer to is the Australian governments’ Staysmartonline resource and, of course, PEXA’s dedicated security page on the e-Conveyancing Community.