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 High
26 August 2016

Apple releases update to secure iOS

Apple has released a security update to protect users against a range of vulnerabilities in its iOS mobile operating system....
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Alert Priority Moderate
25 August 2016

Ashley Madison report reinforces need for care...

You are advised to be careful and remain vigilant when providing personal information to online services. Stay Smart Online recommends that when deciding whether or not to provide your information, you consider the consequences of those details entering the public domain, or being accessed by malicious people intent on blackmail or identity theft.  ...
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Alert Priority Moderate
25 August 2016

Treat ‘Internet of Things’ connected devices as...

You may have heard the term ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) discussed recently. The IoT is the name given to a development where the things we use every day are connected to networks to send and receive information. These things include smart fridges and televisions, smoke alarms, cameras and even cars and buildings....
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Alert Priority Moderate
19 August 2016

Users warned of fake Netflix email

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is warning that a fake email is circulating that aims to steal users’ Netflix credentials....
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Alert Priority High
18 August 2016

Fake Australia Post and AGL emails used to...

CERT Australia is warning that fake emails claiming to be from Australia Post and AGL are being used to spread ransomware to unsuspecting recipients....
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Alert Priority High
15 August 2016

ANZ Bank warns of hoax SMS that attempts to...

The ANZ Bank has issued a warning about a fake SMS message that urges customers to click on a link to stop the bank suspending their accounts....
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Alert Priority High
10 August 2016

Microsoft issues security updates to address...

Microsoft has released its August security bulletin summary detailing nine updates for widely used products.
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Alert Priority High
8 August 2016

Around 10 million Australian Android devices...

New vulnerabilities have reportedly been uncovered that may affect up to 10 million smartphones and tablets in Australia. The vulnerabilities are believed to potentially allow attackers to take control of devices running the popular Android mobile operating system.
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Alert Priority High
8 August 2016

iOS update issued to address vulnerability

Apple has released a security update for the iOS mobile operating system that runs on devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod touch. The update addresses a vulnerability that, according to US-CERT, 'may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system'.
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Alert Priority High
4 August 2016

Firefox browser updates address vulnerabilities

Mozilla has released new versions of its Firefox and Firefox ESR browsers to address security vulnerabilities. You are advised to review the Mozilla advisories for Firefox and Firefox ESR and update to Firefox 48 and Firefox ESR 45.3 respectively....
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