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Simple ways to stay smart and secure online

Australians are being encouraged to take some simple steps to improve their online

security as part of National E-security Awareness Week (June 5-12).

“Being more secure online can be as simple as getting a better, stronger password and

updating it twice a year,” the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the

Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy said.

“No-one wants to lose their bank details to criminals or fall victim to an online scam

and that’s why it’s important that people understand the simple steps they can take to

stay smart online and protect their personal information.”

National E-security Awareness Week aims to inform Australians about the

importance of e-security and highlights the simple steps people can take to protect

their personal and financial information.

The week involves a range of events designed to promote the stay smart online

message. This includes Change Your Password Day today.

Five simple tips for improving e-security:

Get a better, stronger password and change it at least twice a year.

Get security software, and update and patch it regularly.

Stop and think before you click on links or attachments from unknown


Information is valuable. Be careful about what you give away about yourself

and others online.

Visit for more information and to sign up for the

email alert service.

“Australians are increasingly using the internet in their everyday lives, doing their

banking, shopping, communicating with friends and family and running their

businesses. This activity will only increase as we rollout the National Broadband

Network,” Senator Conroy said.

“I would like to encourage all Australians to take these simple steps to being more

secure online, starting with updating their passwords.”

Attorney General, Robert McClelland emphasised that a partnership approach to e-

security is critical.

“Business and government are facing an increasing range of sophisticated threats to

their internet connected systems and government, businesses and individuals all have

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an important role to play in ensuring Australia has a robust e-security environment,”

Mr McClelland said.

National E-security Awareness Week highlights a shared responsibility for e-security

as the Australian Government partners with more than 30 major organisations from

the ICT industry, commercial business, state and territory government agencies and

the community.

“I’d like to acknowledge the fantastic support of our partners who are participating

this coming week and encourage everyone to take part in the activities and events on

offer throughout the week ahead,” Senator Conroy said.

Information on National E-security Awareness Week activities and the alert service is

available on the Australian Government’s e-security website:


Tim Marshall 

(Minister’s Office)

0408 258 457

Lisa Norris 

(Partners & Events)

0404 833 307

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National E-Security Awareness Week is designed to raise public awareness of the

simple steps Australian internet users can take to stay secure online. The week is a

collaborative event between Government, industry and community organisations. 

A steering committee comprising representatives from Government and industry was

established to guide the development of the week, in consultation with the

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

Key participating organisations include: 

Attorney General’s Department

Australian Communications and Media


Australian High Tech Crime Centre

(Australian Federal Police)

Defence Signals Directorate

Department of Education, Employment

and Workplace Relations

Abacus—Australian Mutuals (the

Association of Building Societies and

Credit Unions) 

Australian Bankers’ Association

Australian Industry Group

Australian Seniors Computer Club


Australian Telecommunications  User



Harvey Norman

Internet Industry Association

Internet Society of Australia



Microsoft Australia





The Week is supported by:

ANZ Bank

Australian Football League

Commonwealth Bank

Dick Smith


National Australia Bank

National Rugby League

Netball Australia

Quintessence Labs

Westpac Banking Corporation

State and Territory Governments involved the Week:

New South Wales


South Australia

Western Australia

Northern Territory


Information on National E-security Awareness Week activities is available on the

Australian Government’s e-security website:

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