What is Safer Internet Day?

Safer Internet Day is a global initiative that aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues, through a topic that reflects current concerns. Led by the UK Safer Internet Centre, this key event has been running for over ten years and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries.

This year's Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 7 February, with a theme of 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet.'

With Australians losing around $45 million to internet fraud last year, this event provides a good opportunity to learn about how to protect yourself from common online threats.

As part of Safer Internet Day 2017, Stay Smart Online is reminding Australians to watch out for popular online scams, and to get a second opinion if a message received doesn't quite seem right.

What is #ASKOUTLOUD all about?

Suspicious messages such as competition links sent by SMS, video links on social media, and emails from unknown contacts are becoming increasingly common, but they're not always easy to spot!

If you receive a message that seems out of the ordinary, or doesn't look right, we're encouraging you to 'ask out loud' – in other words, get a second opinion from a friend before responding or opening a link.

Talking through your concerns out loud with someone else; a friend, colleague or family member; can reassure you and help you to identify messages that may be fake.

Want to help us share the #ASKOUTLOUD message this Safer Internet Day?
Check out our #ASKOUTLOUD resources, including social media graphics and printable posters.

Top tips for beating common online scams

  • Online scams and malicious software aren't at times obvious. Always be careful about providing personal information online or clicking on unexpected links sent to you via email, SMS or social media.
  • Scammers' messages can be highly sophisticated, often using trusted brands and logos to make their messages look like the real thing. If you're not sure, talk through the suspicious message with a friend, family member or colleague, or check its legitimacy by contacting the relevant business or organisation directly.
  • Help protect yourself from online scams by creating strong passwords, updating your anti-virus software, and frequently backing up your data.
  • Sign up to the Stay Smart Online Alert Service – a free subscription service for Australian internet users that explains recent online threats and how they can be managed.

#ASKOUTLOUD Twitter jam sessions

Got any specific cyber safety questions you want answered?
Want more tips for staying smart online?

The industry led Security Influence and Trust (SIT) Group is hosting two Twitter 'jam sessions' on Safer Internet Day, with a panel of cyber security experts on hand to answer your questions.

To participate, follow the @SITempowers discussion from 12.00pm-1.00pm or 8.00pm-9.00pm on Tuesday 7 February 2017.