National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month?

Cyber security is a team effort, and there are some simple steps you can take to help protect UQ’s data, your personal information and your family’s online security.

  • Turn on automatic updates.
    Keep devices and apps up to date to ensure you have the latest security and bug fixes. Remember to restart your computer regularly to ensure the latest updates are installed.
  • Use unique passphrases for your important accounts.
    Avoid using the same password across multiple accounts. If your credentials are breached for one account, hackers commonly try to use these details to gain access to other accounts.
  • Know how to spot a phishing email.
    Think before you click! Phishing is one of the most common cyber attacks, and these scams often aim to steal your money or obtain personal information. Find out how to spot an email scam.
  • Avoid using public WiFi.
    Public WiFi connections are not secure and can pose a security risk. Avoid using public WiFi, especially when undertaking activities like online banking.
  • Turn on multi-factor authentication (MFA) for your accounts.
    Many services allow you to enable MFA. This adds a second layer of security to your accounts, and can prevent hackers from accessing your accounts even if your login details have been stolen. Turn on MFA for online banking, social media, email and any other important accounts.
  • Think before you post online.
    Be particularly careful with information that could compromise the security of you and your family, such as dates of birth, addresses, holiday plans and your children’s schools.
  • Be vigilant.
    Cyber criminals are always looking for new ways to exploit users and obtain their data or money. We recommend visiting the Australian Government’s Stay Smart Online website for information on the latest scams, and tips on how to stay safe online. 

If you receive a suspicious email, or feel you have fallen victim to a cyber attack, please contact IT Support as soon as possible. For more information, visit our Cyber Security at UQ website.

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