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Cyber Smart Week 2021
Being cyber smart is crucial in a world where computer and internet threats are commonplace and on the rise.By Trust and Safety 18 October 2021
Led by CERT NZ, it’s Cyber Smart Week 2021!
Being cyber smart is crucial in a world where computer and internet threats are commonplace and on the rise.
While Trade Me is a very healthy marketplace, it pays to know a few simple tricks and practices to get ahead of the bad actors beyond the keyboard.
Here’s 4 quick things you can do when using the internet and all it has to offer:
- >> Use bigger passwords. Long and strong passwords are much harder for attackers to crack. Cert recommends creating a passphrase, that’s a string of four or more words as it’s easier to remember and is stronger than a random mix of letters, numbers and symbols. In terms of using Trade Me, your password should be wholly unique.
- >> Consider using Two-factor authentication. 2FA adds another layer of security to your accounts. CERT’s guide to turning on 2FA is simple to follow. It’s a great means of protecting your bank accounts and other important accounts you access.
- >> Updating your ‘apps’ and devices helps keep bugs and viruses out. The most recent ‘firmware’ usually features security fixes for exploitations that have been discovered and this can help prevent attackers from accessing accounts.
When using Trade Me, there are plenty of things to be mindful about. We’ve learned a lot about scams over the years and we have plenty of tricks to keep users of the site safe.
If you ever find you have unwittingly shared your Trade Me login details with a third party, let us know as soon as you can at email@example.com and the Trust and Safety team can take action.