Online Privacy

Privacy Awareness Week 2015

Posted Thursday 30 April 2015

This year’s Privacy Awareness Week theme (3 – 9 May) is about protecting your personal information online, no matter your age.

With the popularity of smartphones, mobile apps and using online services on the rise it is important to know what privacy settings are available and help keep you safe and informed.

Your online privacy is always important no matter who you are. Follow these simple tips to stay safe online:

  • PRIVACY SETTINGS: Set privacy and security settings on websites to limit who you share information with, especially when using social media.
  • LOCATION SETTINGS: Do you want your location known? If not, turn it off in your privacy settings and delete apps that won’t work without your location settings activated.
  • WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT: If you don’t know who the email is from, don’t open the attachments, click on links or reply to messages. If it looks suspicious, it probably is.
  • BE AWARE WHEN SHOPPING ONLINE. Use one credit card or a secure payment option (e.g. PayPal) for purchases. Look for the symbol and a website address with “https://”. This means the site is more secure.
  • KEEP SECURITY SOFTWARE CURRENT: Have the latest security software because it is the best defence against viruses, malware and other online threats.
  • MAKE PASSWORDS LONG AND STRONG: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password. Don’t automatically select the “remember my password” option.
  • THINK BEFORE YOU TAG: Ask before you tag or post pictures of friends or family on social media.

Your online privacy is always important no matter who you are. Follow these simple tips to stay safe online:

More information available from the Information and Privacy Commission at www.ipc.nsw.gov.au or on 1800 472 679.