Happy National Change Your Password Day

June 6th, 2009 by admin in Life, News

DID you change your computer password?

This simple act can save money and protect your personal information, the Broadband Minister, Stephen Conroy, said yesterday as he launched the first “National Change Your Password Day”.

Senator Conroy, who revealed his own computer had this week been bombarded with more than 50 fake emails pretending to be from his bank, said people should change their passwords at least twice a year.

He recommended passwords always include letters and numbers and warned people to be vigilant. “Stop and think before you click on links or attachments,” he said.

“No one wants to lose their bank details to criminals or fall victim to an online scam and that’s why it’s important that people understand simple steps, such as getting a better, stronger password, can help them stay smart online and protect their personal information.”

He said this would build confidence in the digital economy, especially as more people increasingly use computers for personal, social networking and business purposes.

“Don’t just choose a password with your birthday or the name of your favourite football team. Get security software and update it regularly,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Auditor-General said he would have a full inquiry into the Government’s first failed broadband tender. The Opposition spokesman, Nick Minchin, has urged the audit into the process after Telstra was excluded on a technicality and the Government said none of the other bids was good enough.

The Government made the surprise announcement to instead set up its own $43 billion company to build the broadband network.


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