Educate yourself to be safe online — don’t give fraudsters the chance to trick you on the phone or via email

Highlighting cyber safety

by Andy Bryenton

National Cyber Smart Week runs from October 14–20 and is a time to consider our safety in the virtual world against scams, hackers, identity thieves and other digital criminals. In Dargaville, SeniorNet and Age Concern are both supporters and advocates of this message.

Long-term SeniorNet members and volunteers Dot, Heather, Chris and their team reinforce the government’s message for Cyber Safe Week.

“Update your passwords, don’t tell them to strangers even if they tell you they have the right credentials, and update your devices such as tablets, phones and computers to stay up to the minute with anti-spyware and anti-virus protection. A little education and sharing go a long way, and it need not be difficult.”

SeniorNet offers open days each month, with the next coming up on Monday, October 21.

Age Concern is also very active in the Kaipara community and are supporters of the week.

They say that taking financial advantage of older citizens through the use of phone and internet scams is an, unfortunately, growing form of abuse.

They, along with cyber-crime preventers, remind people that “if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t give your bank account details and personal details to those seeking deposits to transfer funds, or to award prizes from lotteries or raffles you have not entered.”

Simple information on how to secure yourself in the digital world is available at the Cyber Smart website cert.govt.nz/cybersmart.

Everyone, young and old, is reminded by the police to report scams as soon as they are detected, to save others from potential fraud.