Today is Safer Internet Day, an occasion celebrated in over 100 countries around the world. This international day of action is all about getting people to watch out for online scams. Plenty of governments and private organisations around the world use it as an occasion to raise awareness and get ordinary people – those not in the ICT industry – to change their habits for the better.
This year’s message is ‘Ask Out Loud’.
What the message is getting at
Many victims of online scams will say that, in hindsight, they felt that something might be dodgy but they went ahead anyway. In other words, the average Aussie has a pretty good instinct for when something’s not quite right with an email, link, social media share or online shopping deal. We just don’t know how to trust that instinct.
‘Asking out loud’ is about talking through your concerns with a friend, family member, or even a colleague nearby if you’re at work. Getting a second opinion from someone you trust can confirm your suspicions or allay your fears within seconds. It might be a bit embarrassing asking for help, especially if you pride yourself on being savvy about these sorts of things, but it’s important to break down that barrier.
If you don’t, you could be one of the thousands of people each year who lose money or valuable time to a scammer. Last year alone, Australians lost around $45 million to internet-based fraud. Taking a few seconds to #AskOutLoud, instead of just questioning something in your head, could save you a lot of heartache.
What to be on the lookout for
Any other time you don’t feel quite right about something you see or interact with online, ask someone else what they think. It could be anything from making a purchase or order on an unknown site, to a stranger approaching you on social media. Again, the time you take is well worth it.
Tell your team today
Looking for a way to get this message out to your people ASAP? The government’s Stay Smart Online initiative has some great resources, including social media images you can post right now.
If you’re looking for a way to enhance your organisation’s internet safety culture for more than a day, we can help. Money101 offers introductory information security training that’s all online, affordable, and quick to roll out. It’s ideal as part of an onboarding process for new staff, or as a way to update existing staff knowledge and skills.