Why online privacy is important
13 September 2021
In the age of hashtags, likes, tweets, shares and snaps, online privacy can seem almost non-existent. So, what’s all the fuss about?
Your personal and financial information is highly desirable to cyber criminals. After stealing your identity, they may be able to access your banking details, obtain credit cards or loans, and destroy your credit rating. In fact, the Australian Cyber Security Centre estimates $300 million is lost to cybercrime each year.
Here’s how to stay safe online.
You'll help to protect your identity and personal privacy from theft
Staying safe online can help protect you and your loved ones’ identity and personal information from risks like theft. The next time you’re on your device, keep these simple online security tips in mind:
Use strong passwords, such as those generated by and stored in a keychain, or two-factor authentication.
Install virus protection software on your devices.
Only enter personal information, like credit card details, into secure websites. A website is secure when a lock icon displays in your browser to the left of the URL.
If an organisation asks you to share personal information via email, be wary that it may be a scam. Suncorp, for example, will never ask you to do this via an email. For up-to-date info about current scams, or to report a scam, visit scamwatch.gov.au.
Don’t share personal information like your address or phone number on social media and remember to configure your privacy settings so you know who gets to see what you post.
Suncorp has partnered with McAfee to offer our Suncorp Bank customers a free three-months of its anti-virus software for personal use. To find out more and see the terms and conditions, visit: suncorp.com.au/banking/security/antivirus-software.
Your identity is extremely valuable. Being able to prove that you are you is important for most aspects of life — from applying for a home loan to getting a passport. If it’s stolen, it can compromise everyday activities and undermine your reputation, both privately and professionally. Here are some tips for you can help protect your identity online:
- Ensure computer privacy with virus protection software.
- Use strong and unique passphrases or two-factor authentication.
- Be aware of scams like phishing scams and email scams, which attempt to collect personal information like your account and passphrase details.
- Be cautious about online requests for personal information. If something seems dodgy then it probably is.
- Be careful who you hand your private payment details over to. Only use a reputable payment method like a credit card on a secure site, and never email your credit card details to anyone.
You'll safeguard your business' online privacy against cyber crime
If you’re a business owner, keep your online privacy in-check at work to help prevent cyber-attacks. Try:
Developing cyber security awareness protocols to stay informed about good online privacy practices for you and your staff.
Securely storing your business’s sensitive information, like account passwords, by using a keychain on individual devices or only sharing it with senior staff members.
Installing virus protection software.
And for your business banking needs, visit suncorp.com.au/banking/business.
Online security breaches are disruptive and costly, so it's important for your business to maintain its online privacy through cyber attack prevention. Some simple preventative measures to protect your business online are:
- Consider a cyber security awareness program to keep you and your staff informed about good online privacy practices.
- Create and protect strong passphrases for all online business accounts. Only hand over these passphrases to senior members of your organisation. This helps to avoid business information accidentally falling into the wrong hands.
- Ensure virus protection software is installed and up to date on all networked computers to protect your files and business information, including employee and customer databases.
You’ll be social media savvy
Social media is a great way to share what’s going on in your life with friends and family. However, without the right precautions, cyber criminals can use social media to exploit you and your family’s privacy. Here are a few precautions you can take to protect your identity:
- Limit the amount of personal information you publish on social media. For example, never display your address or personal phone number.
- Have a chat with your children about the potential dangers of sharing personal information on social media platforms. Some important things to discuss are:
- Only share things with people you trust — ie, friends and family.
- Images can be saved and shared elsewhere, so be careful when sending pictures of yourself.
The information is intended to be of general nature only. We do not accept any legal responsibility for any loss incurred as a result of reliance upon it – please make your own enquiries.