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Security and privacy for my device

Boy on a roof top being a security super hero.


Why is security important?

Cyber criminals use technology online to commit crimes, like stealing money, identity theft and spreading computer viruses.
This can happen without you seeing or knowing.


If you do not have the right protections in place,
a cyber criminal could:

  • steal money
  • access your bank accounts, or your parent’s and carer’s account
  • use your personal information
  • steal your identity and set up fake social media accounts in your name
  • spread internet viruses and malware



When it comes to passwords for your devices and online accounts, remember to keep them strong, secret and safe.

Passwords should be


Security experts say we should use a ‘passphrase’ rather than a password.

This is a password that combines words that are easier for you to remember but hard for others to guess, like 12whitecats.

It’s also a good idea to use different passwords for all online accounts.


Keep your passwords secret and don’t share them with anyone.



Keep your passwords safe by not writing them down or storing them in your phone or on another device.

Check the sender

Only open emails or texts from people you know IRL (in real life) — messages from people you don’t know could have a virus or malware.

Don’t open emails, attachments or texts offering you something free or saying you have won something. It is probably a virus or a way to steal your personal information.

Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Find out more about how to know if something is fake.


Ask you mum, dad or carer to go through these tips with you to keep your mobile, tablet or computer safe.

Help keep your devices safe

  1. Use two-factor authentication — this makes your account safer by asking you to confirm who you are through a text message, app or email.

  2. Password protect your device — on mobiles and tablets set a PIN or passcode and on laptops or computers use a password or passphrase.

  3. Don’t use unknown or free wi-fi connections — if there is no password to get online, cyber criminals can steal your data and personal information.

  4. Use in-built security features — make sure functions like ‘find my phone’ and other apps are set up on your device.

  5. Update your operating system, software and apps — this will ensure you have the most up to date security features.

  6. Install security or anti-virus software — this will help to keep your  devices free of viruses and malware.

  7. Back up your data — always back up data from your phone, computer or tablet.

Last updated: 13/07/2023