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Kiwis are spending more and more time using the internet – connecting with friends and family, paying the bills, shopping, watching, reading and downloading all kinds of entertainment, and so much more. There are plenty of benefits from using the internet, but there are some risks too. It’s important to protect yourself, your friends and your family by making sure you know how to “Connect Smart” online.


What is cyber security?


Cyber security is about protecting your desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile devices from unauthorised access to your personal and financial information.

We tend to forget that mobile phones are actually small computers – and that in the wrong hands, other people can exploit your personal and financial information (for example, access your bank account details) - so it's essential to protect yourself across all your devices.

Cyber security is different from cyber safety, which includes the protection against objectionable content online (such as pornography); advice about online bullying; and advice on safe social media habits. 

If you wish to learn more about cyber safety, you can visit our partners Netsafe. Together with Google, Netsafe have also launched the Web Rangers programme, where Kiwi teenagers can learn about online safety, get practical tips and create their own campaigns to spread the word about safer internet use.

Connect Smart – protect yourself online

  1. Don’t wait until it’s too late – be proactive; improve your digital security now before you become a victim.
  2. Improving your digital security is easy – it’s not complicated or expensive to take basic steps to protect yourself and your personal information. 
  3. Protect yourself across all your devices – it’s as important to be secure on your smartphone and tablet as it is on your PC or laptop.
  4. Protecting yourself also protects friends, family and work – having your personal information compromised is more than an inconvenience and can have major consequences for you and everybody you know.