The Stay Smart Online Alert Service is a free service for Australian internet users, to explain recent online threats and how they can be managed.

Home and small business users are provided with easy to understand online safety and security information and solutions to help protect their online safety and privacy. The resource also informs users about the latest threats and vulnerabilities within an Australian context, and how to address any risks to their devices or computer networks. Users can unsubscribe from the service at any time.

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Alert Priority Moderate
3 February 2016

Scanned document email spreading malware

Malicious individuals are continuing to look for new ways to trick people into opening emails with attachments or links that may infect a computer and capture sensitive information or lock down files until the recipient pays a ransom. One particularly insidious method is to send a person a fake email that claims to include a scanned document from a commercial photocopier....
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Alert Service
Alert Priority High
1 February 2016

Firefox update fixes several critical...

Mozilla has released updates to its Firefox web browser to address several critical issues. The updated versions address vulnerabilities in Firefox 44 and earlier, and Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) version 38.6....
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Alert Priority High
1 February 2016

Report and delete fake AFP traffic infringement...

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has warned of scam ‘traffic infringement notices’ being delivered to people by email. The AFP issued a tweet on 19 January advising recipients of the message that ‘we’d never send traffic infringement notices by email,’ and advising not to pay any money or click any links....
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Alert Service
Alert Priority Moderate
28 January 2016

Social media prank crashes Apple Safari

A link distributed over social media is reportedly directing Apple users to a malicious website that will crash their Safari web browsers....
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Alert Service
Alert Priority High
21 January 2016

Apple releases security updates for widely used...

Apple has released updates to address vulnerabilities in widely used products including iOS, OS X El Capitan and Safari.
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Alert Service
Alert Priority Moderate
18 January 2016

Avoid website defacements by staying up to date

Website defacements can cause major loss to your business and its reputation. Attackers can exploit vulnerabilities in popular web platforms to change the physical appearance of a website and often use it to distribute malicious software....
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Alert Priority High
13 January 2016

Software providers update products to address...

Software providers including Microsoft, Adobe, Apple and Mozilla have released updates to address vulnerabilities in their widely used products.
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Alert Service
Alert Priority Moderate
12 January 2016

Scammers using CEO addresses to rip off companies

Scammers are reportedly claiming to be corporate CEOs in email scams designed to steal up to hundreds of thousands of dollars from targeted companies....
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Alert Service
Alert Priority Moderate
11 January 2016

Top security tips for 2016

Now that 2016 is well underway, you should review how well you protect your family and business computers, mobile devices and information in the new year.
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Alert Service
Alert Priority High
4 January 2016

Adobe updates Flash Player to address security...

Adobe has issued security updates to address a range of vulnerabilities in its widely used Flash Player software....
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