The internet has made it easy to do business, maintain finances, make purchases and communicate through email and social media. Unfortunately, sharing our personal details online has made us vulnerable to those who could use this information to their advantage. In our digital world, Cyber Security is paramount.
Every year thousands of Australians have their identities stolen. Individuals can be left with multiple debts, emptied accounts, a bad credit rating and the inability to gain finance and access Government services. It is estimated that identity crime costs Australia over 1.6 billion per year.*
Common ways thieves can obtain personal information online:
- Infecting computers and laptops with spyware viruses through unauthorised or illegitimate downloads;
- Sending ‘phishing’ emails with untrustworthy links;
- Hacking into laptops and phones while using public wi-fi; and
- Collecting details through business and social media accounts.
Our top 5 tips to staying safe online
- Stay up to date with your Virus Software
Computers and laptops are regularly threatened by new viruses. Keep your virus protection updated and run regular scans. Anti-virus updates contain the latest files needed to combat new viruses and protect your information.
- Do not click on suspicious links
Always ensure the sender is legitimate before opening links. If you have any concerns, contact the company using a trusted phone number or email from the official website or printed materials.
- Be cautious when using public wi-fi
Public wireless networks are not secure and put your personal information at risk. Never access anything you wouldn’t want others to see, this includes personal emails and accounts.
- Share less on social media
Identity thieves can collect information from your business and social media accounts. Check privacy settings to ensure they are set to private.
- Use common sense
Your information is valuable and if stolen can be very difficult to recover. Only share what is required and only through authorised processes and authorised people.
QIEC Super is here to help
At QIEC Super the safety of employer and member information is our priority and this is why we have the appropriate security measures in place to ensure that your account is safe.
QIEC Super members can keep on top of their super and detect any unusual activity by registering for an online account. If we have an email address on file, members can complete an easy online registration. If they haven’t already provided us with an email address, they can call QIEC Super’s Client Contact Centre on 1300 360 507 to register and find out more.
*Australian Federal Police. (2018). Identity Crime. [online] Available at: https://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/crime-types/fraud/identity-crime