Individuals, households & families

The links on this page are for individuals, households and families. I compiled this list of resources that are mostly Australian to help you get started to find out what you need to do. These resources are a great place to start but the list is not exhaustive and I will keep adding to this over time. The advice I provide here is meant for individuals, households and families. We are all in this together so lets have a conversation about cyber security to work it out!

Australians lost over $634 million to scams in 2019. This is a 30 per cent increase on 2018, when $489 million was reported lost.

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Report Targeting Scams 2019.

The greatest losses for individuals in 2019 by type of scam were:

  • $126 million lost to investment scams, and
  • $83 million lost to dating and romance scams

Investment scam losses reported to Scamwatch increased by 59 per cent in 2019. High-profile investment scams using ‘celebrity’ endorsements contributed to significant individual financial losses

Self-checks & tools

  • Try DuckDuckGo private web browser
  • HaveIBeenPawned by Troy Hunt – a great resource to check if your email has been compromised
  • ShieldsUp! by Gibson Research Corporation (located in USA) – this is a great little site I have used over the years to check my firewall configuration

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