Building good cyber security habits

Published 8th July 2024
As the volume and sophistication of cyber-attacks increases, there is an urgent need for Australians to be savvy about their cyber security.

The Department of Home Affairs, in collaboration with the South Australian Government, is encouraging all Australians to improve their cyber security knowledge and skills to better protect themselves online.

Act Now, Stay Secure

Actions everybody can take to better protect themselves online include:

  • Setting up multi-factor authentication to add an extra layer of security to your online accounts. Multi-factor authentication involves the use of two or more proofs of identity to log into an online account. For example, using your username and password in addition to an authentication code generated by an authenticator app on your phone. This makes it harder for cybercriminals to access your online accounts through your login credentials.  Visit the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s webpage on multi-factor authentication.
  • Installing software updates regularly to keep your devices secure. Software updates are new, improved, or fixed versions of software or apps. To ensure you’re alerted when you need a software or app update, turn on automatic updates to receive notifications. Don’t procrastinate on installing updates, as the longer you delay, the more vulnerable you become to a cyber-attack. Visit the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s webpage on updating your devices.
  • Create strong, unique passphrases. Strong passphrases are over 14 characters long and use 4 or more random words in one string. It is best practice to use a different passphrase for each of your online accounts. If you have trouble remembering multiple passwords, a password manager is a useful tool to store all your passphrases securely by using one master password. Visit the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s webpage on passphrases.

These three small changes to your online habits and account practices can improve your overall cyber security by strengthening your account authentication and your software and application security.

Free Technology Training Sessions

Did you know the Victor Harbor Library offers free technology training sessions?

The sessions are a one-on-one opportunity to gain confidence and skills for navigating your device. No question is a silly question! Sessions can be booked for 30 minutes or 1 hour, and are either delivered by our patient volunteers or a member of Council's IT Team.

You can ask for help in a range of areas:

  • General help with a smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Assistance with social media
  • Tips on how to shop safely online
  • Support to access online banking
  • Help to use digital government services

To book in a session, call the Victor Harbor Library on 8551 0730 or visit the team at 1 Bay Road, Victor Harbor.