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.
Here’s how to stay safe online.
You'll help to protect your identity and personal privacy from theft
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.
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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.
Any advice has been prepared without taking into account your particular objectives, financial situations or needs, so you should consider whether it is appropriate for you before acting on it.
The information is intended to be of general nature only. Subject to any rights you may have under any law, we do not accept any legal responsibility for any loss or damage, including loss of business or profits or any other indirect loss, incurred as a result of reliance upon the information. Please make your own enquiries.