Some great ideas to stay smart online.

Securing your mobile device

  • Investigate anti-virus software to install on your phone.
  • Keep your device's software and apps up to date.
  • Lock your device with a passcode, password or biometric when not in use.
  • Learn about the best way to create and store passwords.
  • Only download apps from reputable publishers.
  • Check permission requests before downloading apps.
  • Do not use public wi-fi for online banking, shopping or other financial transactions.
  • Reset factory settings before disposing of an old device.
  • Follow Stay Smart Online on Facebook.

Securing your desktop or laptop computer

  • Install security software from a verified provider and set it to update automatically.
  • Keep your application software and operating system up to date.
  • Secure your home and office wi-fi with encryption and a password.
  • Back up your data regularly.
  • Use strong passwords.
  • Use different passwords for different uses.
  • Learn about the best way to create and store passwords.
  • Do not respond to emails that ask you for a password or financial information.
  • Be cautious of emails asking you to click on links or attachments.
  • Do not use public computers for online banking, shopping or other financial transactions.
  • Subscribe to the Stay Smart Online Alert Service.

Protecting your online accounts

  • Use strong passwords and locks and change them regularly.
  • Use different passwords for different uses.
  • Use two-factor authentication whenever possible.
  • Learn about the best way to create and store passwords.
  • Lock your mobile device with a passcode, password or biometric when not in use.
  • Secure your home and office wi-fi with encryption and a password.

Safely connecting and sharing

  • Regularly check your privacy settings on social networking sites.
  • Stop and think before you post any photos, personal or financial information online.
  • Be nice online and consider others' feelings and reputations.
  • Report or talk to someone if you feel uncomfortable or threatened online.
  • Use strong passwords and a different password for each social networking site.
  • Don't share your passwords with anyone.
  • Follow Stay Smart Online and The Cloud: Dream On on Facebook.

Protecting your child

  • Talk with your child about staying safe online.
  • Report or talk to someone if you feel uncomfortable or threatened online.
  • Teach your child to report or talk to someone if they feel uncomfortable or threatened online.
  • Talk with your child about protecting their reputation online.
  • Talk with your child about the importance of good behaviour online.
  • Sit with your child when they are online and monitor online activities.
  • Stop and think before you post any photos, personal or financial information online.
  • Report or talk to someone if you feel uncomfortable or threatened online.
  • Use strong passwords and a different password for each social networking site.
  • Don't share your passwords with anyone.
  • Use activities and teaching resources to prepare your child and yourself.
  • Turn off the location services on your child's phone.
  • Download the Government's Cybersafety Help Button.

Buying online

  • Do your research and shop around.
  • Only deal with trusted and reliable businesses and sellers.
  • Check quality, warranty and return/refund and complaints policies.
  • Check the buying and selling tips on the sites you are using.
  • Keep your personal details private and secure.
  • Always use a secure payment method.
  • Never send bank or credit card details in an email.
  • Never send wire transfers to anyone you don't know and trust.
  • Use strong passwords and locks and change them regularly.
  • Learn about the best way to create and store passwords.
  • Contact your financial institution, selling platform, police and SCAMwatch if you think you've been scammed.

Selling online

  • Install security software from a verified provider and set it to update automatically.
  • Secure your home and office wi-fi with encryption and a password.
  • Develop clear policies for staff using your computer or network.
  • Offer clear terms and conditions.
  • Always use a secure payment method.
  • Avoid bank transfers and direct debits.
  • Never send wire transfers to anyone you don't know and trust.
  • Check the buying and selling tips on the sites you are using.
  • When using a selling platform, make sure it is trusted and reliable.
  • Back up your data regularly.
  • Use strong passwords and locks and change them regularly.
  • Learn about the best way to create and store passwords.
  • Beware of scams, including by fake suppliers and customers.
  • Independently confirm that payment has been made before supplying goods.
  • Contact your financial institution, selling platform, police and SCAMwatch if you think you've been scammed.
  • Subscribe to the Stay Smart Online Alert Service.