NetSafe is running New Zealand’s first Cyber Security Awareness Week in June and will be providing free advice at www.securitycentral.org.nz .
Cyber crime cost the country $625 million in 2011 (Norton Cyber Crime 2011 report) as more and more people use computers and the Internet for work and play.
More than 2000 adult New Zealanders are affected by cyber crime every day in the form of computer viruses and malware, credit card fraud, online scams, phishing and identity theft.
The key themes for this year’s programme are
• Update everything - Make sure your operating system and all software is up to date
• Back up your files - Make regular copies of important data and store it in several locations
• Use a secure wireless network - Choose a strong encryption setting and long passphrase for your router
• Use strong passwords - Aim for 15 characters and a mix of lower and upper case letters and symbols
Follow the week’s activities at www.facebook.com/netsafe .