How to stay safe online
Cybercrime is a real threat to internet users with billions of dollars duped from Australians in recent years. Here’s what you can do to stay safer online.
Many Australians will be able to relate to some form of scam. Whether it was a credit card that was scammed overseas, or identity documents that fell into the wrong hands; we've all heard an unfortunate story about someone who has been scammed and the toll it takes.
No longer longwinded emails about Nigerian Princes and foreign exchange schemes, cybercrime and online scams have not only become more prevalent since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, but evolved into something that's much harder to detect.
One cybercrime report is made approximately every eight minutes in Australia, according to government agency ReportCyber, with cybercrimes up 13 per cent in 2020/2021, compared to the previous financial year.
“Cybercrimes are so sophisticated these days that even the savviest of people are falling for them,” says RACV Cyber Security Change and Awareness Analyst, Kim Clarke.
“From phishing emails and texts to phone calls from people who claim to be in the same state, some scammers will even go as far as copying the branding, logos and websites of various companies to look more legitimate,” she adds.