Stay Smart Online Week 9-13 October 2017

For most of us, the internet opens up new opportunities – we can shop, bank, research, work and connect when and where we want to. However the online world can also give criminals opportunities to steal money, information and identities.

Stay Smart Online Week, which runs from 9 to 13 October, is a national awareness initiative that puts online security in the spotlight, and to celebrate we're hosting a slightly challenging cryptography puzzle which could earn you a prize - more on that below.

This year’s Stay Smart Online Week is all about simple steps to online safety. Thankfully, there are some easy things that we can do to dramatically improve how we protect our personal and financial information online, and recover if things go wrong. Even small actions can make a huge difference.

Simple steps for individuals include:

  • Being careful about how much personal information you share online.
  • Create strong passwords that are hard for others to guess.
  • Keep your devices updated with the latest software.
  • Regularly back up your data.
  • Be on the lookout for suspicious emails or messages, and think before clicking on links or opening attachments.

Simple steps for whilst working or studying include:

With cybercrime estimated to cost Australians more than $1 billion per year, and around 87% of us accessing the internet every day, it’s more important than ever that we take the time to learn about how to keep our information and assets safe when we’re online.

Crypto Puzzle

The link to the crypto puzzle can be found here. The puzzle is designed so it shouldn’t take long to complete, even if you are also dutifully attending class or work.  Hints and tips will be posted on the Information Security Yammer groups throughout the week to help you along the way - so be sure to subscribe.

The prize pool includes a battery power bank, international plug adaptor with USB, fidget spinner, webcam cover and more.  Everyone who completes the puzzle will enter the draw to win.