Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 Alert

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) it may take longer than usual to address all reports or enquiries made with our investigation teams.

Please continue to submit reports and we will review them as soon as possible.

If you are worried about your safety or are at risk of harm right now contact police immediately by calling Triple Zero (000).

If you need someone to talk to and are under 25, contact Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800).
For all other ages, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Online abuse and scams

How to keep your personal information safe and avoid being taken advantage of online.

There is plenty to enjoy in the online world, but you are right to be alert to the risks. We can help you understand what to look out for so you can explore safely.

The links on this page take you to free courses and activities on the Be Connected website. Be Connected is an Australian government initiative developed by eSafety and the Department of Social Services to increase the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians.

eSafety with Be Connected

This program has been developed by eSafety as part of the Be Connected initiative. Be Connected increases the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians.

Register to take part in free online presentations featuring the following topics:

  • Can you spot a scam?
  • Protect yourself against scams
  • Safer online shopping and banking
  • Selling safely online
  • Staying safe on Facebook
  • All you need to know about data and public Wi-Fi

Register now