Cyber Smart Week 2021

18–24 October 2021

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Cyber Up with CERT NZ

Cyber security threats are on the rise, so let’s Up our online defences this Cyber Smart Week.  

We’re seeing more incidents affecting New Zealanders, at work and at home, but the good news is our band of bots are back to share simple steps everyone can take to protect from cyber threats.

So now’s the time to take action and Cyber Up! Here’s how:

Step 1. Upsize your passwords

Upsizing your passwords is one of the best ways to Cyber Up and protect yourself online.

Long and strong passwords are much harder for attackers to crack. We recommend creating a passphrase, that’s a string of four or more words as it’s easier to remember and is stronger than a random mix of letters, numbers and symbols.

It’s also important to use different passwords on each account. If an attacker gets hold of one of your passwords, they can’t get access to all of your other accounts. It also means you only have to change the password for that one account.

How to create a good password

Store all your passwords safely with a password manager 

Step 2. Upgrade to Two-factor authentication

Upgrading to two-factor authentication (2FA) adds another layer of security to your accounts.

It’s a simple extra step after you log in, like using your thumb print or entering a code from an app. You can enable 2FA on most of your online accounts, and your devices. You’ll usually find the option to turn it on in the privacy settings. 

Turn on two-factor authentication

Step 3. Uphold your privacy

Take control of the personal information you share online and uphold your privacy.

Start by checking that your social media settings are switched to Friends Only, and check that any requests for personal information are legitimate before you share your details. If a company or business asks you for information, think about why they might need it. Do they really need your middle name and phone number? If you’re not sure, don’t provide the information.

The information you share could enable attackers to impersonate you online or even try to steal your identity.

Protect your privacy

Step 4. Update your apps and devices

Updating your apps and devices helps keeps bugs and viruses out. Updates not only add new features, they also fix security risks that attackers can use to gain access to your information.

Set updates to happen automatically whenever a new version is available. Then you don’t have to think about it!

Update your devices and software

Report it

If you, or someone you know, experiences a cyber security incident, report it to CERT NZ. We’re here to help New Zealanders to protect and recover from cyber security threats and incidents.

Report online

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