Cybersafety campaign launched in Victoria

Posted on April 5, 2013 09:41 am

A campaign dubbed Protect Yourself Online, that aim to encourage Victorians like me to safeguard our privacy and have a second thought before we act online, has been launched. The Victorian government online safety campaign is basically warning about the dangers of cybercrime that is thriving locally and globally. In reference to a recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers report, Victoria Department of Justice director of strategic communication revealed that online illegal business represented the second most common form of economic crime in Australia, with billions of dollars being lost on annual basis. While chatting with a detective based in Sydney recently, I was shocked that there are more 100 free online software tools in Australia that use algorithmic search programs to automate password cracking that are accessible and effective. Using multiple devices that are permanently connected to the Internet increases people’s vulnerability. Social media sites could also help criminals gather information about victims to harass and hack them. The state of victoria campaign recommends creating strong passwords that are changed regularly, using anti-virus programs that are automatically updated.

Proponents also asked Victorians never to open emails from unknown senders and not to respond to cyber bullies. In my own opinion, anyone running a website where they have any form of account security may have to deal with compromised accounts on a regular basis. This is because most online frauds rely on password manipulation to penetrate accounts. While honing my skills about security programming, my tutor used to emphasize that cracking passwords is the top method and simple passwords are the most common password in cracked databases. The new initiative by state of Victoria is laudable because not very many people are aware of threats posed by cyber crooks. This may bring down the levels of socialling around Melbourne metropolitan area for the first time since it became common in mid 2007 at a time I was still a worker at a company based along Collins Street. For those who don’t know, socialling is a process that involves researching employees so as to guess their passwords, then crooks use that information to persuade service providers to reset them and eventually trick employees into revealing passwords and in some other instances clicking on rogue links.

Contador Harrison