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E‐SECURITY AWARENESS WEEK IN OBERON June 24, 2008

Posted by ctcoberon in Uncategorized.
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  • The Oberon CTC received funding from the Australian Government to run 2 workshops on e‐security.
    We run one workshop on “Phishing and Identity Fraud”.
  • Phishing is where an organisation pretends they are representing someone in an attempt to collect your username, password and/or credit card details. A common example is an email from your bank saying there is a problem with your account and could you visit this website to verify your details – the linked website is a ‘phishing’ website, set up to look like your banks real website. A bank NEVER asks for your username and/or password via email.
  • Another common example, is receiving an email saying you have ‘won’ something.
  • Identity Fraud has been around a long time before computers became involved. The most common ways of ‘stealing’ your identity are still by people sorting through your rubbish, stealing from your letterbox, stealing your wallet etc. Using the internet to steal your identity is increasing because ‘social networking’ websites are becoming more popular.
  • Common social networking websites are Facebook and MySpace. It is ok to use these websites – just be careful who you add as a friend!
  • The other workshop we ran was on “Small Business and E‐Security”. Here we discussed ways to be safe with your business computers. Have up to date antivirus software, spam blockers and spyware checkers. Have a firewall (which acts as a barrier to outside access). Make regular backups of your data (and store the backups off the premises)
  • CYBER SECURITY EARLY WARNING SYSTEM
    The Federal government has launched a new security alert service available via the Stay Smart Online website at http://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/. (Click on Alert Service from the menu). The service is designed to pick up and alert subscribers to global threats, and attacks specifically targeted to Australia, such as social engineering scams with culprits sending data purporting to be from Australian institutions such as the Reserve Bank and Australian Tax Office.
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