Aussie Government’s Stay Smart Online Awareness Week starts on Monday

Look out for local initiatives and competitions promoting ways to stay safe online when using a mobile device

Stay Smart Online Awareness Week, an Australian Government initiative formerly called National Cyber Security Awareness Week, kicks off on Monday, 2 June. It’s an initiative that usually revolves around one particular theme concerning online security, with the aim being to educate Australians on how to stay safe while using the Internet.

This year’s theme is called ‘On The Go’ and it puts a focus on how to stay safe online when using mobile devices. The initiative involves partners that promote online safety during the week, be they schools, businesses, or industry players including antivirus companies. These partners are encouraged to come up with events, campaigns, and other ways to highlight the ways people can stay safe online.

Trend Micro is one of the vendors partnering up for Stay Smart Online Awareness Week, with the company holding a competition called ‘What’s Your Story?’, which is designed to promote positive conversation with today’s youth about the ways they use technology. The competition is eligible for children eight years and over, and it centres around two categories to enable today’s youth to tell their online story: they can create a poster, or they can create a video.

Those interested can check out all the details on Trend Micro’s What’s Your Story page. The company is offering plenty of prizes for the winning entries, including a iPads and cash.

For more information on Stay Smart Online Awareness Week in general, visit the government Web site.

Stay Smart Online's top tips for secure mobile devices

• Put a password on your phone and a PIN on your SIM
• Ensure your device is set to automatically lock
• Encrypt your data
• Back up your data regularly
• Install antivirus software
•Visit reputable Web sites
• Install only reputable apps
• Be careful when allowing unsigned apps access to your personal information
• Don’t click on links that are unsolicited or unexpected
• Check your phone bill regularly for unusual charges
• Regularly update your phone’s operating system
• Keep Bluetooth off when you’re not using it
• Try to only use encrypted Wi-Fi networks
• Reset and delete all personal information if you recycle your phone
• Use anti-theft and mobile tracking software to assist finding your device if it’s lost or stolen

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