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How safe is your information on your computer, phone or tablet?

Security of your portable devices is not just about protecting your investment in hardware.  From phone bills to bank account details to email exchanges with friends and lovers, you are likely to have information on your devices that is valuable, personal and confidential.  As part of the ACMA's support of National Cyber Security Awareness Week 2011 (30 May- 2 June), here are some things to consider that may help you protect your valuable information.

The basics

An up to date operating system, virus protection, as well as using a firewall and encrypting your wireless internet connections, are a must.

Who am I inviting to use my device?

You should protect your device from theft, however, you should also think about who you invite to use or access your devices, physically and remotely. 

How can passwords help?

Don't use a single password for all your accounts. It is also not a good idea to use the save password function in your internet browser.

What am I putting on my device?

When downloading software and apps, or considering whether to click on a 'pop-up', make sure they originate from a reputable source.

More information about protecting your computer is available on the ACMA website

More information on National Cyber Security Awareness Week is available here.

For more information or to talk with an expert please contact: Julia Cornwell McKean, Manager, Anti-Spam team on (03) 9963 6908

Last updated: 10 June 2015