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Cyber Safety

What Are Deepfake and Audio Cloning Scams? 

Deepfake video and audio cloning scams use advanced artificial intelligence technologies to create highly realistic fake videos or audio recordings. These deepfakes can mimic a person’s appearance and voice, making it challenging to distinguish between real and fake content. This technology is increasingly being used by scammers to trick people into believing they are interacting with trusted figures like celebrities, family members, or corporate executives, often leading to financial fraud or data theft. 

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Snail Mail Scams 

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Beware of Snail Mail Scams: Overpriced Business and Domain Renewals 

In today’s digital age, one might assume that traditional ‘snail mail’ no longer poses a significant risk for scams. However, an old scam that still catches businesses off guard involves the mailing of official-looking invoices for the renewal of business names or domain registrations at significantly inflated prices. 

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Safer Internet Day 2024

The image is a promotional graphic for Safer Internet Day, indicating that the event is one week away. The text "One week until Safer Internet Day" is prominently displayed at the top in large, bold letters. Below it, the phrase "connect. reflect. protect." is written, encapsulating the goals of the day. The graphic includes a cheerful cartoon character resembling a smartphone with arms and legs, holding a globe, next to the Safer Internet Day 2024 logo. There's also a depiction of a calendar with the date "February 6" clearly shown, alongside an email envelope and a cursor arrow, symbolizing digital communication. A checkmark inside a shield near the calendar hints at the theme of online safety and security. The background is a pleasant gradient of teal, and the overall design is simple yet engaging, conveying the message of staying connected and protected online.

What is Safer Internet Day?

Safer Internet Day

Join the Movement: Support Safer Internet Day 2024

Safer Internet Day is a global initiative to raise awareness of online safety issues.  This year it’s Tuesday 6th February!

The eSafety Commissioner leads the initiative in Australia, in order to educate people about online safety risks, like online abuse, how to be safe online and where to go for help.

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Online Shopping Smarts

The image features a miniature shopping cart filled with small cardboard boxes labeled "fragile" and "this side up", signifying the delivery of online orders. In front of the cart are two tiny shopping bags, one orange and the other yellow, symbolizing a retail experience. Behind the cart, a laptop screen displays what seems to be a shopping website, suggesting the context of online shopping. This setup is placed against a blurred natural backdrop, likely to focus on the concept of online shopping rather than the environment. The composition of the image highlights the convenience and intricacies of e-commerce, making it a suitable visual for an article discussing online shopping safety.

Smart Online Shopping: Safeguarding Your Accounts and Finances

In the digital age, shopping online has become a staple for many of us. It’s convenient, often more affordable, and offers a world of choices right at our fingertips. However, with this convenience comes the need for vigilance in protecting our online accounts and financial information. Here are some essential tips to help you shop smarter and safer:

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Navigating Post-Holiday Email Clutter

The image shows an overflowing mailbox, crammed with a large stack of various letters, envelopes, and magazines, some of which are visibly bulging out. The mailbox is one of many in a bank of identical metal mailboxes, with visible numbers on the fronts; this one is number 9. The image serves as a metaphor for an email inbox cluttered with a backlog of unread messages, particularly relatable to the surge of correspondence one might experience following a holiday period. The visual emphasizes the overwhelming feeling of facing a large quantity of accumulated mail or messages that need sorting.

Tips to Tidy Up Your Inbox

As we bid adieu to the festive season, many of us are left with more than just fond memories and leftover pudding. Our inboxes are often brimming with a cascade of emails, many of which are unsolicited or promotional, thanks to our online shopping endeavours. It’s time to tackle this digital clutter!

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Embrace the Festive Season with Engaging Holiday Workshops for your Members

A cozy Christmas scene with a beautifully decorated tree covered in snow-like flocking, red ornaments, and pine cones. Next to the tree, a stack of wrapped gifts in brown paper with red ribbons. A rustic wooden fireplace is adorned with evergreen garland, candles, and stockings with red and white stripes hanging in anticipation. A red checkered blanket adds warmth to the scene

As the holiday season approaches, it’s the perfect time for our member clubs to infuse some festive spirit into their activities. Here are some workshop ideas that can add a spark to the lead-up to Christmas:

1. Churches – Live Streaming Christmas Services

In this digital age, bring the joy of Christmas services directly to your members. Host a workshop on live streaming Christmas services from churches around the world. Explore the magic of the Vatican’s grand celebrations or immerse in the serene atmosphere of Canterbury Cathedral. These workshops not only connect members with global holiday traditions but also provide an opportunity to learn and share tips on virtual attendance.

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From the ACSC – Australian Cyber Security Centre 

An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

The digital landscape is evolving, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the forefront of this transformation. We’re thrilled to share an invaluable resource with you—the recent release from the Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ASD’s ACSC), “An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence.

This publication is a goldmine of knowledge, offering insights into securely engaging with AI. Whether you’re an individual or part of an organisation, this guide unveils the intricacies of AI, its potential impact on digital services, and crucial considerations for tackling AI-specific threats. More importantly, it provides practical mitigations to minimise risks associated with AI systems.

Here’s how you can take charge of your AI journey:

  1. Delve into the Guide: Explore “An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” for tailored cybersecurity advice and a comprehensive understanding of AI’s impact.
  2. Ethical AI Framework: ASCCA encourages familiarising yourself with ASD’s Ethical AI framework. It outlines essential ethical principles for implementing and using AI responsibly.
  3. Stay Informed: Keep abreast of the latest AI-related information and resources by visiting cyber.gov.au.

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Safer Internet Day 2024

Save the Date!

Join the Movement: Support Safer Internet Day 2024

As we embrace the digital era, the importance of online safety continues to grow, touching every corner of our lives. That’s why the office of eSafety Australia is championing an essential cause that aligns perfectly with our values at ASCCA: Safer Internet Day, set for Tuesday, 6 February 2024. This initiative is more than just a day; it’s a call to action for each of us to play our part in creating a safer online world.

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Welcome to new Directors

Dallas Parkes – Treasurer / Company Secretary

Dallas is a seasoned administrator with a specialisation in accounting. She also worked in software development, where she tested programs and trained business clients. Dallas has a wealth of experience in bookkeeping, including managing finances for the Walpole Community Resource Centre and their Seniors Computer Club. She’s a dedicated volunteer, now retired and pursuing her passion for native orchid photography. Dallas brings her financial expertise to ASCCA as our Treasurer.

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Welcome new Member Club

WELCOME to our newest members, the Motherboard!  The Motherboard has been established by the Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) as a central hub and informal learning environment for their members to explore digital skills, online engagement techniques and digitisation of collections for their members, primarily in regional and remote WA.

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Brett’s Cyber Security 

Qantas Frequent Flyer Points scams: How to protect yourself

With the recent departure of Alan Joyce and the public apology of the new CEO, Vanessa Hudson, one of the first things that they are trying to do is make more Qantas Frequent Flyer Reward Seats available. This equates to two things: 1. People trying to get these seats and 2. people trying to scam you for your points to get these seats (and other cool stuff online).

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Brett’s Scam Watch – Online Safety

Airport Adventures: A Selfie Warning

Picture this: you’re all set for your epic journey or a holiday off to see the grandkids

So, you know those fabulous airport selfies where you proudly showcase your travel spirit along with that snazzy boarding pass? Turns out, there’s a bit of a twist in this digital tale. Sharing those excitement-loaded selfies and boarding pass pics on your favourite social networks can open up a digital doorway for some uninvited trouble.

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Loyalty Programs

Loyalty points programs are a popular way for businesses to reward their loyal customers, offering them various incentives and benefits. However, cybercriminals have identified these programs as a new avenue to exploit innocent consumers. Loyalty points scams have been on the rise, with criminals sending deceptive messages to unsuspecting individuals, aiming to steal both their valuable rewards and personal information.

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EOFY Scams 

As the financial year draws to a close in Australia, it’s essential to remain vigilant against scammers who often exploit this time of the year to target us. These fraudsters employ various tactics, such as email and SMS phishing, to deceive people into divulging sensitive financial information or making fraudulent payments.

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Scam Watch

As more seniors use technology to shop and sell goods online, it’s important to be aware of the potential for scams. One scam that has recently emerged on Facebook Marketplace is the use of PayID for payment.

PayID is a digital payment system used in Australia, which allows users to link their bank account to a unique identifier such as their phone number or email address. Scammers have been taking advantage of this system by asking buyers to pay through PayID, instead of the usual payment methods such as PayPal or bank transfer.

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Safer Internet Day 2023

February 7th 2023

Safer Internet Day is a global event that brings together communities, families, schools and organisations from more than 200 countries to help create safer online spaces.

This worldwide initiative is celebrating 20 years in 2023, making it a great time to reflect as well as look forward.

Technology has evolved dramatically in the past two decades and the benefits have been huge. These developments have also exposed us to many risks with real-world impacts, making online safety awareness even more important.  

That’s why we are calling on Australians to Connect. Reflect. Protect. 

Connect safely and with purpose – by keeping apps and devices secure and using social media in positive ways. 

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