We love online shopping – what’s not to love? You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your couch / desk / bed to hit the shops and bag a few bargains.
But, as always when you’re online, you need to protect yourself against potential cyber fraud.
Before you consider purchasing things online it’s important to have virus or malware protection installed on your device. You can learn about why you need anti-virus software and how to choose the right software on the Stay Smart Online website.
It’s important to have protection on anything that connects to the Internet (computer, phone, and tablet) and to make sure that it is kept up-to-date and that full scans are run regularly.
Always type the website you need into the search bar – don’t rely on links in emails to take you to the right place.
If you ever think that the website you are on is not legitimate, shut it down and make sure that your computer is thoroughly scanned for malware using your new anti-virus software.
If you’ve provided any personal information to a website that you don’t trust, contact the bank immediately so that we can help you protect your accounts and personal information. You can call us on 132 888.
Make sure that you log out of any websites you’ve used, and if you’re using a public or shared computer, it’s a good idea to clear the browser history.
Avoid using public or shared computers or public wireless Internet connections for any financial transactions.
Before you consider purchasing things online it’s important to have virus or malware protection installed on your device. You can learn about why you need anti-virus software and how to choose the right software on the ACCC’s Scamwatch website.