Keep yourself secure online

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Australians are more vulnerable to cyber attacks than ever before. Protecting yourself online doesn’t have to be hard. Follow these three simple steps.

  1. Set up multi-factor authentication to add an extra layer of security to your online accounts. Multi-factor authentication is when you need 2 or more proofs of identity to be able to log into your account. This could include using your login details as well as an authentication code, making it harder for someone else to access your online accounts. Learn how to set up multi-factor authentication.
  2. Install software updates regularly to keep your devices secure. Software updates are new, improved, or fixed versions of software or apps. Check automatic updates are on so you are notified when an update is available. Regular updates help improve your security, so do not ignore prompts to install. The longer you leave it, the more vulnerable you could be to a cyber attack. Learn how to stay secure online and update your devices.
  3. Create strong and unique passphrases that are over 14 characters long and use 4 or more random words. Use different passphrases for each of your accounts. If one account gets compromised your other accounts remain safe. A password manager can help you with creating or storing unique passphrases. Learn about setting secure passphrases and using password managers.

There are simple ways to improve your cyber security. Learn the basic steps to protect yourself online at, the Australian Government’s trusted source of cyber security advice, and where you can receive the latest cyber information and advisories.

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How the Australian Government is protecting you

The 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy outlines a roadmap for Australia to become a global leader in cyber security by 2030. It aims to improve cyber security, manage cyber risks, and give better cyber security support to citizens and businesses. Learn more about the 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy.