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How you can stay safe online

Thursday, 24 March 2016

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ECU cyber security experts will be offering free security checks to the public at pop up sessions around Perth’s northern suburbs as part of a new project.

So called ‘mum and dad users’ and small businesses are increasingly the target of cyberattacks but the Cyber Check.me project aims to educate them about cybersecurity and reduce the threat.

The joint project between City of Joondalup, City of Wanneroo and ECU will see staff and students from ECU’s Security Research Institute setting up at locations around Joondalup and Wanneroo offering free cyber security advice.

ECU Security Research Institute Director Professor Craig Valli said small business and personal users were easy targets for cyber criminals.

“More than 30 per cent of cyber attacks target small businesses but most business owners think these kinds of attacks simply won’t happen to them,” he said.

“Our previous research has shown a significant percentage of small businesses are vulnerable to some form of cyber attack.”

“The aim of the Cyber Check.me project is to reduce the risk factors for businesses and personal users in the area by enabling simple countermeasure.”

Professor Valli said there are some simple actions people can take to avoid cyberattacks, including:

  • Check for updates;
  • Change your password regularly;
  • Back up everything;
  • Turn off WiFi, Bluetooth and ADSL modems when not in use;
  • Don’t use unknown WiFi connections; and
  • Use a VPN for work or private matters.

Cyber Check.me pop ups will take place around Joondalup and Wanneroo during March, April and May.

For more info visit the Cyber Check me webpages.

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