Staying secure online during back-to-school

Thursday, 21 January, 2021

Staying secure online during back-to-school

Assistant Minister for Defence Andrew Hastie has issued a timely warning to parents, urging vigilance while shopping online for back-to-school supplies.

Hastie said cybercriminals are relentless in their efforts to steal money and data from Australians and that busy families are a target while they prepare for the 2021 school year.

“While parents are shopping online for back-to-school supplies, cybercriminals are shopping around for their next victim.

“The internet has revolutionised shopping, and cybercriminals continue to revolutionise their craft.

“Parents can reduce the risk of becoming victims of cybercrime by taking steps such as only purchasing items from trusted sellers, being aware of fake retailers and always using secure payment methods,” he said.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) leads the Australian Government’s operational efforts to boost the nation’s cyber resilience and make Australia the most secure place to connect online.

The Head of the ACSC, Abigail Bradshaw CSC, encouraged Australians to access the ACSC’s updated guidance, published as part of the ongoing cybersecurity campaign.

“Australians must be alert to opportunistic cybercriminals who are seeking to exploit the expected surge in Australians purchasing products online for school.

“Our advice is designed to be quick to read and simple to apply, and this updated guidance is designed to help Australians avoid the risks associated with shopping online,” Bradshaw said.

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