Personal Details and Information Passwords Security

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Your safety & integrity

You trust your family don’t you? Their friends? What about neighbors and visitors?

How do things go wrong then?

Some tips taken from ACCC website – with a few questions for you

1. Only give out your personal details and information where it is absolutely necessary and when you trust the person you are speaking to or dealing with

2. Destroy personal information—don’t just throw it out. You should cut up or shred old bills, statements or cards—for example, credit cards and ATM cards

3. Treat your personal details like you would treat money—don’t leave them lying around for others to take

Who do/can you trust? The cleaning staff or room service at the hotel? Where do you secure your valuables?

1. If someone comes to your door, ask to see some identification. You do not have to let them in, and they must leave if you ask them to

2. Before you decide to pay any money, if you are interested in what a door-to-door salesperson has to offer, take the time to find out about their business and their offer

3. Contact the office of fair trading in your state or territory if you are unsure about a trader that comes to your door

Who have you handed bills over to at the door? That nice person wanting to give you cheap electricity/phone?

1. If you receive a phone call from someone you do not know, always ask for the name of the person you are speaking to and who they represent. Verify this information by calling the company yourself

2. Do not give out your personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call and the phone number came from a trusted source

3. It is best not to respond to text messages or missed calls that come from numbers you do not recognize

4. Avoid using public computers (at libraries or internet cafes) to do your internet banking or online shopping. When using public computers, clear the history and cache of the computer when you finish your session

Do you use other peoples computers to do your internet banking or online shopping?

Internet auctions

Buying from another person on an auction website is not the same as buying from an online business or a shop. You should be aware of how your rights may differ and what protections are available to you if things go wrong.

So what about you? What is it you don’t know?

You don’t know what you don’t know until you find out you didn’t know.

You protect yourself right? Well maybe not. Where do you leave your passwords for example? Concealed somewhere near your home PC?

Stay safe Be aware

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