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Privacy Awareness

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We live in a rapidly changing digital world where our personal information is real value, just like money.

Here are a few tips that can make a difference to your digital privacy

 

1.      Check the machine

One of the most common ways a scammer will try to get access to your bank account is at the ATM. This is usually done by installing a ‘skimmer’ over the card reader, which captures the data on your card when you place it into the machine. The scammers then use that data to create a dummy card, which can also be used to access your account.

Always check before using ATMS especially if they aren’t owned by a bank looking for signs of:

·         Any signs of tampering

·         Anything that looks out of place

·         Anything that seems to move when touched

 

And always cover your pin!

 

2.      Keep your electronic software up to date.

Software updates may be pesky but they’re worth downloading. The latest versions often contain security updates to help defend your device against viruses, malware and other online threats that may pose a security threat to your personal finances.

3.      Log out every time

Closing a browser or typing over an address is not the same as logging out. Shut down apps when you’re not using them and make a habit of logging out of websites when you’re done. Most online banking applications automatically time out, but its cyber-smart to click ‘log out’ every time.

4.      Check your balance

Banks are usually quite effective at detecting suspicious activity on their customers’ accounts. But they're not perfect. So check your account balance regularly. When you do, go through your transactions and make sure they match up to what you’ve spent. If you have a joint account make sure your partner does the same.

 

If you notice any signs of fraudulent activity on your account contact: 1300 36 2000