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Cyber Security Awareness Week | 27-31 May 2013

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Started by Karen Spencer 22 May 2013 4:46pm () Replies (8)

imageWith more and more of our students, teachers and schools online - at work and beyond - it's vital to be aware of the challenges and safety issues that can arise from being online so we can reduce our risk. Viruses, malware, fraud, phishing, identity theft ... awareness is the key to protection.

NetSafe, in collaboration with other organisations across New Zealand, is spotlighting cyber security across the country with an exciting calendar of events.


"Cyber Security Awareness Week [#csaw] runs once a year as a partnership between government and industry to provide simple computer security advice so everyone can protect themselves online.

Home internet users and small business owners can get more free information all year round and sign up to our regular email newsletter offering tips and alerts at www.securitycentral.org.nz." (Source: NetSafe)


Find out about the 'Tight 5' below..

5 steps that form a powerful combination to protect ourselves and others...

  1. Think before you click
  2. Update everything
  3. Back up your files
  4. Secure your wireless network
  5. Use strong passwords


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  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 31 May 2013 7:43am ()

    imageYou won't have seen anything quite like this down the local chippie: Check out this amazing poster, designed by Chris Slane: the NZ Phishing Species. Yes, it must be...

    Phishing Friday

    NetSafe remind us that:


    "Phishing or social engineering attacks are increasingly being used by cyber criminals to trick internet users into revealing sensitive information – website login details, bank account or credit card details or personal data that forms part of your identity.

    Phishing emails (note the ‘ph’) are designed to look official and may use an ‘urgent security alert’ or other reason for you to immediately visit a website to confirm your personal details.

    Misspelt website addresses or URLs can be bought and set up to look similar to your bank website with copied logos and login forms the added touch that aims to convince you to enter your account login information."


    For more information and advice on how to protect yourself go to NetSafe's page describing Phishing, social engineering and scams. Talk to your staff and students about how they can keep their identities and details safe.

    And take a trip to Tauranga where they talk to the good folk in the town about scams they've experienced...



    Stay safe out there, people.

    Image credit: Cartoon © Chris Slane, All rights reserved. www.slane.co.nz. Reuse permitted as described in these terms.


  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 30 May 2013 9:19am ()

    I dedicate today's post to all the friends I know who have lost years of family photos because they didn't back them up. Making a full recovery is pretty rare. This is for you, guys...


    Back-up Thursday!


    Consider these questions from NetSafe:

    "If you lost your personal or business critical information how would you cope? Could you recover and how much disruption would you face?

    Hard disks fail, viruses can wipe out data, your laptop may be stolen or a natural disaster may see your home or place of business destroyed.

    It pays to be prepared with one or several copies of important information kept securely away from your home or business."


    Find out more about backing up your data via their site: Recovery: Backing up your data and services...and remember the 3-2-1 rule:

    Keep 3 copies on 2 different media types with 1 copy stored offsite.

    Today's video taps into some disaster stories of lost data from the Scarfies of Dunedin...Enjoy!


  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 29 May 2013 9:30am ()

    It's Wednesday, so it must be...


    Wireless Wednesday!


    Why it's important to lock it before you lose it. The advice today is all about the security of our wi-fi:

    "Wi-Fi or wireless networks are great for home and small business users alike, allowing you to use multiple internet capable devices on one shared connection.

    But wireless networks can be vulnerable to eavesdropping, hacking and freeloaders if you don’t use proper protection when you set up a network."


    Advice includes:

    • use strong encryption
    • use strong passwords
    • change the default router login
    • be secure when using public wi-fi

    More information is available at the network security and wi-fi page on the Security Central site.

    Meanwhile, here's today's video. 'Crockett and Duke' take us to the heart of suburbia to see whose wireless is open...Enjoy!


  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 28 May 2013 9:54am ()

    Is your Java fresh? Does your Chrome sport the latest version? Are you pushing along with IE7, or powering with IE8?

    Welcome to...


    Update Tuesday!


    Plenty of advice from NetSafe today on the importance of making sure your software is running the latest version:

    "Just as your car needs servicing to keep it running smoothly, your computer needs regular updates to keep it running smoothly online.

    Over time, security loop-holes can be found in operating systems and the software that runs on them, and these holes need closing to keep your system and personal information safe."

    How is this managed in schools, especially as more folk being their own device in or manage them themselves? Schools are supported by this page in Enabling e-Learning on software, including links to the TKI ICT Helpdesk. 

    For more information, check out Updates -patching your operating system and enjoy this tongue-in-cheek video on updating from the team as they visit Napier..



  • Annemarie Hyde (View all users posts) 28 May 2013 9:25am ()

    Thanks for this reminder - I've put it around the school and other networks I have.  Smile

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 27 May 2013 6:19pm ()

    Nice one Karen, that video's a bit of a giggle. Thanks for sharing. I've heard...you should treat your password like a "toothbrush", change it every three months and don't pass it around.

    Thought I'd also share this funky little password rap for younger children and something for all ages...a place to check How secure is my passwordSmile

  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 27 May 2013 2:24pm ()

    It's Monday, it's Cyber Security Awareness week so it must be...


    Strong Password Monday!

    Check out this great video from NetSafe with their take on what it means to have a strong password...



    NetSafe recommends that "passwords should be:

    • Strong
    • Kept a secret
    • Unique
    • Changed often

    If you have difficulties remembering strong passwords for every site or service, consider drawing a picture to remind you or using a password manager tool on your computer. Read more advice on strong passwords."

    Take to your staff and students about their passwords and the way they use them.

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