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Our advice for CyberSmart Week

CyberSmart Week runs from November 27 until December 1, with this year’s theme being “simple and practical things to do right now to keep you safe”. It’s part of the government’s Cyber Security Strategy promoting practical advice Kiwis can easily implement to keep themselves protected online.

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Online vigilance should be second nature, but a reminder is always helpful. With that in mind, we have some tips to safeguard you from malicious activity.

Passwords:

  • Use long, complex passwords that include numbers and punctuation.
  • Have a different password for each online service.
  • If you have difficulty remembering passwords, use a password manager.
  • Use two-factor authentication when it’s available.

Email:

  • Never open email attachments or links from sources you don’t trust 100%.
  • Even if you receive an email from a trusted source, never open any unusual attachments or links that look suspicious.

Shopping:

  • Only buy from reputable sites (a deal that looks too good to be true, often is).
  • Only enter your credit card details into secure websites. These will start with https and display a padlock in your browser next to the web address.
  • Payment systems, such as Apple Pay and Android Pay, create single-use numbers when paying, instead of your actual credit card number. So even if it’s intercepted the number can’t be reused.

General:

  • Install security software on your computer and mobile devices.
  • Make sure the firewall on your computer is enabled.
  • Install the latest OS updates.