Securing your computer

You should consider the following tips to ensure your computer and other devices (such as phones and tablets) are protected from possible cybercrime attacks: 

  • use a firewall to block unauthorised access,
  • ensure your device’s operating system is up-to-date,
  • use up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware software, 
  • use a pop-up advertising blocker on your internet browser, 
  • use strong passwords, and do not use the same password on different sites,
  • secure your wireless network and be careful when using public wireless networks,
  • use reputable websites and mobile applications, and
  • avoid clicking on unexpected or unfamiliar links.

You may also wish to check whether your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is an iCode signatory. The iCode is a code of practice for ISPs which was developed by Communications Alliance, an Australian telecommunications industry body. iCode compliant ISPs must achieve minimum standards on cyber security, including informing their customers if a compromise is detected and assisting them to fix the problem. You can find out more about the iCode and what to do if your computer is compromised at the Communications Alliance website.

If you are concerned that you have fallen victim to cybercrime you should report it to the ACORN.

The following resources on the Government’s Stay Smart Online website provide further information on securing your computer and software: