Business

Christmas computer scams rife

Derrick Den Hollander

IT MAY be the season for giving, but Australians risk having their identities and finances stolen by giving away too much personal information when shopping online this festive period.

With an increase in online purchases of Christmas gifts, the Australian Federal Police and Abacus - Australian Mutuals, industry body for credit unions and building societies - urge people to take precautions when shopping online.

National Manager of the AFP's High Tech Crime Operations Neil Gaughan said cyber-criminals, like all criminals, would be preying on the vulnerability of potential victims during the holiday period.

"This is not a warning to avoid the internet, because Australians should be able to go online and enjoy the experience of shopping for their Christmas gifts," Assistant Commissioner Gaughan said.

"But consumers should ensure they protect their personal and financial information, keeping in mind some basic steps when using your credit card online so as to prevent fraud and avoid any disappointment and stress.

"Just as you would lock your doors to prevent criminals entering your home this Christmas, there are some precautions everyone can take to try and prevent cyber-criminals from compromising your computer."

 

Some simple tips to protect yourself when shopping online this holiday period:

  • Install a firewall, reputable anti-virus software and anti-spyware software, and run real time updates;
  • Keep your passwords private;
  • Research the merchant before placing an order;
  • Read a website's privacy and security policies;
  • Save all transaction details;
  • Provide only necessary information about yourself;
  • Don't click on links in emails from online retailers or online greeting cards as they may result in malware - malicious software - being downloaded onto your computer.
Gympie Times

Topics:  christmas computer scam online shopping virus



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Invisible threat adds burn to heatwave

You can't feel it or see it but UV radiation is what's causing sunburn and it's at extreme levels.

UV radiation more than five times safe limit during heatwave

What the bunya pine trees says about upcoming rain

ANCIENT WISDOM: Len Carlson says the nut harvest from his Mooloo property's bunya pines has been a remarkably good guide to west season rainfall over his 62 years growing crops in the area.

Veteran crop farmer Len Carlson says trees tell the story

Employers: Are you ready for the backpacker tax?

FARM WORK: Backpacker wages are now taxed at 15%, and employers have been asked to register with the ATO to ensure a smooth transition.

There's one thing you need to do by January 31

Local Partners

Nicole reveals her biggest parenting challenges

Actress Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman says her kids are ‘deeply attuned' to her moods.

Suicide Squad director reveals his regrets about the film

Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie Suicide Squad.

DIRECTOR of superhero flick on what he’d change about ‘flawed’ film.

Meet the new Marco on MasterChef Australia: Yotam Ottolenghi

Israeli-born, London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi will be a guest chef for a week on the 2017 season of MasterChef Australia.

AFTER Marco’s defection to Seven, MasterChef signs a true food hero.

Big Bang spin-off to be about kid Sheldon

Jim Parsons in a scene from the TV series The Big Bang Theory.

Actor Jim Parsons has dished on an upcoming Big Bang Theory spin-off

How Adam Brand’s Nashville dream fell apart

Country music singer Adam Brand talks about how heartbreak stopped him chasing his Nashville dream.

SINGER reveals how heartbreak stopped him from chasing his dream.

What's on the small screen this week

Grant Denyer will host Channel 10's Australia Day concert from the Sydney Opera House.

STAR-studded Australia Day celebrations and fascinating docos.

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

Gympie attracts buyers looking for affordable seachange

Core Logic property statistics reveal the region's median house price dropped 3.4% to $269,000 in the September quarter.

Median house price drops 3.4% to $269,000 in the September quarter

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!