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
20 May 2016

Keep your mobile operating system secure and up...

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is encouraging Australians to keep their mobile operating systems secure and up-to-date. However, when doing so you should use the most cost-effective and secure means of downloading what can often be quite large updates....
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Alert Priority High
19 May 2016

Change your LinkedIn password following...

LinkedIn has reported a data breach potentially affecting more than 100 million members.
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Alert Priority High
18 May 2016

Adobe and Apple provide updates to address...

Adobe and Apple have released security updates for products used on computers, smartphones, tablets and other systems including televisions and smartwatches....
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Alert Priority Moderate
17 May 2016

Beware of tax-themed scams

Criminals are continuing to use tax-themed scams to trick people into paying them up to several thousand dollars each time. Western Australia’s ScamNet service has reported that scammers are convincing victims they are genuine representatives of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) by citing the names of actual ATO officers and ATO buildings....
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Alert Priority Moderate
16 May 2016

ACCC warns of online scams during Fraud Week:...

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has marked the start of National Consumer Fraud Week (which runs from 16-22 May 2016) by advising that Australians lost more than $229 million to scam-related activities in 2015. ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard has warned, however, that the ‘actual total is bigger still as many people never report that they’ve been scammed’....
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Alert Priority High
11 May 2016

Major technology vendors update their products...

Adobe, Microsoft and WordPress have all released security updates for products used on computers, smartphones, tablets and other systems....
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Alert Priority Moderate
2 May 2016

Consumers urged to be wary of Lotto Spring

Western Australia’s Department of Commerce is warning consumers to exercise caution in relation to the Lotto Spring betting scheme. The scheme is promoted in print and online, including a Facebook page specifically targeting Australians, the department says....
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Alert Priority High
2 May 2016

Google updates Chrome to address security flaws

Google has updated Chrome to protect users from attacks that exploit security vulnerabilities in the widely used browser. Chrome version 50.0.2661.94 includes nine security fixes for vulnerabilities affecting the browser on Windows, Mac and Linux....
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Alert Priority Moderate
29 April 2016

Biometrics and two-factor authentication can...

Australians are advised to consider using extra log-on security - not just passwords - to protect themselves against the theft of personal information....
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Alert Priority High
29 April 2016

Gumtree warns of phishing attacks after...

Online classifieds website Gumtree is warning users to beware of phishing scams, keep account details secure, be on the lookout for fake emails and to report fake emails following a security breach last weekend.
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