E-Crime is a criminal offence where computers, the internet or other electronic devices are used.
To protect yourself and your family from E-Crime:
- Keep equipment and storage devices physically secure
- Don't share identification numbers and passwords
- Change passwords on a regular basis
- Don't give personal information to anyone without checking their credentials
- Install a firewall
- Install virus protection software and keep it up to date
- Always check bank account transactions and balances, and report discrepancies to your bank
- Avoid opening unsolicited emails (delete them and do not respond)
- Keep any original offensive/menacing/harassing emails
- When buying things through online auction sites, consider using a third party to hold payment in trust until you receive the item
- Store personal information such as passwords on a separate storage device rather than on the computer hard drive
Learn more about the causes and risks of E-Crime.
Internet and kids
The internet is both a terrific resource and a potential risk for kids.
The rules you teach your children about meeting new people in the real world also apply when they meet and 'chat' with people online.
Learn about the risks for children online and how to keep your child safe.