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
22 July 2016

Be aware when playing Pokemon Go

News media are reporting on a range of incidents involving players of the highly popular augmented reality mobile game Pokemon Go, including near-misses between cars and pedestrians and youths being fined after playing while driving, crowds of players allegedly being waterbombed by residents near a park in Sydney’s west and players being robbed at gunpoint in a southern Sydney park....
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Alert Priority High
19 July 2016

Apple delivers updates to address security...

Apple has released security updates to protect products used on computers, devices such as smartphones and tablets, and wearable technology, such as smart watches....
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Alert Priority Moderate
18 July 2016

Beware of fake ACCC emails bearing malware

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is warning businesses of scam emails claiming to be from the ACCC but that actually include malware that can infect computers.
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Alert Priority Moderate
13 July 2016

Fake Pokémon Go app contains malware and can...

A malicious version of the popular Pokémon Go game is believed to be targeting Android users.
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Alert Priority High
13 July 2016

Microsoft and Adobe provide updates to address...

Microsoft and Adobe have released security updates to protect products used on personal computers and devices such as smartphones and tablets.
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Alert Priority Moderate
8 July 2016

HummingBad causing flutters for Android users

Owners of devices that run the Android mobile operating system are advised to protect against new malicious software (malware) by being careful when downloading applications (apps) and to seek expert technical help if you believe your device is infected.
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Alert Priority High
7 July 2016

Update Symantec antivirus products to protect...

Stay Smart Online recommends ensuring that all software is set to automatically update. This includes home user and server-based software. Attackers can use vulnerabilities in older versions of software to attack systems that have not been updated.
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Alert Priority Moderate
24 June 2016

Google releases new settings for two-step...

Google has announced new settings for its two-step verification (2SV) functionality. If you have Google accounts it is recommended that you add this feature to protect yourself against the theft of personal information....
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Alert Priority High
22 June 2016

Apple provides critical update to address...

Apple has released security updates for AirPort Base Station, their wi-fi enabled routers and devices. Models affected are AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11n and 802.11ac.
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Alert Priority High
21 June 2016

Change your Citrix GoToMyPC password following...

Citrix has been targeted with a 'very sophisticated password attack,' and is advising all users of its remote desktop sharing application GoToMyPC to reset their passwords and enable 2-step verification. You will be required to reset your GoToMyPC password before you can login again. It is important to note that you may be blocked from accessing the official GoToMyPC website according to your corporate IT policies.
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