Cyber offense expenses New Zealand calculated $625 million last year with more than 2,000 Kiwis affected every day by computer viruses and malware, credit card fraud, online scams, phishing and identity theft. To stop this NetSafe has began the first national Cyber Security alertness Week (11 – 15 June 2012) and an online portal, defense Central, that will assist New Zealanders identify and battle cyber crime. Cyber Security alertness Week and the devoted website were publicly launched at Parliament today by Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams.
Martin Cocker, Executive Director of Net Safe, says that cyber crime is more common than it ever has been due to technology becoming more general and internet access becoming worldwide. In the last couple of years more than 70% of New Zealanders have been the sufferers of some form of cyber offense with the most ordinary protest being computer scams, fraud and viruses, says Mr Cocker.
Research accept last year in business with AVG and NetSafe showed that more than half of Kiwis make out little or not anything about computer security risks and solutions and blamed a lack of time, money and useful sources of information.
Netsafe is spotlighting on four key messages, if realized correctly, can help New Zealanders avoid possible cyber threats. Mr Cocker says, to avoid this, you have to update your operating system and any software on your computer frequently to protect against malware and viruses. Then you have to back up your important files, in case you lose the data. At last, you have to ensure you have strong password or not. Avoid simple passwords like 123456 or abcdef.