You may have read about two major online security breaches, Heartbleed and eBay hack, which generated headline across the globe. It has since been found that more than 1.6 billion internet username and password combinations have been stolen by a Russian crime gang in a large-scale security breach. The confidential material was gathered from over 500 million email addresses and 420,000 websites across the globe. What’s more, Australians are at risk of being affected by the cyber-attack due to our extensive use of overseas websites, such as online shopping or having personal information registered with a company.

Online security breaches are becoming more widespread. The Heartbleed breach was a bug which allowed attackers to read a secure connection as if it were insecure (this means that usernames and passwords sent across the internet can be revealed). The eBay cyber-attack was one that affected over 145 million people worldwide and allowed hackers to steal personal information including names, phone numbers, email and home addresses, phone numbers and date of birth. To help protect you against these malicious security breaches, Secure Sentinal have put together a list of dos and don’ts of internet usage. Although the tips may sound simple, it is a sure fire way to keep your online habits healthy and identity safe.

Having your personal identity stolen while travelling is very stressful and becoming more and more prevalent. Secure Sentinal also have an article about the dangers of identity theft while travelling, what you should look out for and tips on what to do to help safeguard your identity from potential cyber criminals.

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