It’s time to step up your cyber defence

If you have one password you use for everything and hit ‘remind me later’ when an update pops up on your phone, you’re not alone. For many, cyber safety is something we know is important, but feels too hard or a hassle to do something about.

But while we keep delaying the little things that can protect our data – and our dosh – the cyber threats out there are getting more sophisticated.

You might have heard about the widespread impact of two global ransomware attacks this year, or know someone who had their bank account hacked. The reality is, cyber-crime is happening everywhere and if you’re on the receiving end it often involves a loss – of money, data or reputation.

Fortunately, keeping your data secure is much easier than you’d think. Cyber Smart Week is happening around New Zealand from 27 November to 1 December and it’s all about doing one thing that can make a big difference.

CERT NZ and Connect Smart have teamed up to present Cyber Smart Week to help people and businesses improve their cyber security, and to spread the word about the top steps that can give you instantly better protection.


“The cyber security landscape is constantly changing and we know it can seem overwhelming, but international evidence shows that 85% of cyber security incidents can be prevented by simple measures, like updating your operating system,” says Rob Pope, Director, CERT NZ.

The important thing is to take that first step, and when each step is a matter of a few clicks, it’s a no-brainer.

It’s easy
Doing just one of these things will help keep your data safe. Doing more than one will help even more!

  • Change your password – make your passwords long and strong, and have a unique password for each online account.
  • Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) – two-factor authentication is like having a second lock for your door. It’s often a password, and something else, like a code.
  • Check your privacy settings – set your privacy settings so you know exactly who can see what you post on social media.
  • Update your operating system (OS) – keeping your OS up to date is a really good way to defend against bugs and viruses.

Get Cyber Smart this week
During Cyber Smart Week we want as many people as possible to do one thing to protect themselves. The Cyber Smart website has all the tips you need to get your family or workmates on board.

So, what’s your one thing?