Cybercrime on the rise: How to protect yourself and your money online

Online credit card fraud rose by a staggering 76 per cent last year, and cybersecurity experts are urging Australians to take simple measures to protect their money.

Five tips to protect yourself from credit card fraud

  • Look for “https” not “http” when online: If you’re using your credit card details online, look for “https://” at the beginning of the website address instead of the previously prevalent “http://”. The added “S” means extra security.
  • Review your statements. Go through your statements carefully, and if you spot a suspicious transaction, report it immediately.
  • Don’t sign blank receipts. Some hotels still require their guests to sign blank receipts when they check in. Never do this, and ask the person you’re dealing with to enter an amount instead. When you check out, make sure the receipt is ripped up or shredded.
  • Don’t provide details via email. Never provide your credit card or bank account details via email. No reputable seller deals this way, and remember that emails aren’t very secure.
  • Check your credit. Obtain a credit report to verify that your details have not been used to open any fraudulent accounts.

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Opinion – France on the Frontline

Disturbing images from Paris this week show French riot police firing on anarchic protesters, the so-called “yellow vests” protesting against their government’s economic policies.
Such confronting scenes would not be replicated here – or could they?

Australians tend to be more civil in their political disputation but there now exists a level of political dissatisfaction which has been becoming more aggressive in its expression.
Given the ability for social media to inflame resentment, perhaps it is not too far fetched to suggest some people are already attempting to mobilise global support for the “yellow vests”.


About 310,000 Australian Facebook users are set to find out their personal information may have been accessed by Cambridge Analytica.


The social media behemoth is expected on Wednesday (Tuesday US time) to notify the 87 million users worldwide whose data may have been unknowingly and “improperly” shared with the British political consulting agency.

About one in 50 Australian users and one in every three American users are among those affected.

Facebook users will receive one of two notifications at the top of their newsfeed.


Recommended Book Reading – The List

For all the book lovers of  topical national security and military thrillers, The List is my recommendation as a MUST READ.

It was a Christmas present from my family. I found it enthralling and couldn’t put it down until I had read it to the end – all in one day.

The book is written by Michael Brissenden (you will know him as a political journalist and foreign correspondent for the ABC since 1987 and currently a reporter for ABC TV Four Corners program)

The story takes you from the brutal battlegrounds of Afghanistan to the western Sydney suburbs and the halls of power in Canberra/ It is a page turning thriller where justice, revenge and the War on Terror collide.


Ted Chitham

DFWA Media Release – Protecting Veterans’ Privacy

The RAR Association is concerned that the planned legislation seemingly threatens veterans’s privacy. We endorse DFWA’s media statement.

The Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness and Other
Measures) Bill 2016 moved through the House of Representatives on Thursday 2 March 2017. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The Bill seeks to overcome long-recognised deficiencies in DVA’s antiquated IT systems and improve its business processes.

The Bill is designed to help reform DVA’s processes to simplify them, reduce claims processing times and improve the services provided by the Department to veterans and their families and we support this aim.

However, the privacy issues concerning what is the “public interest” to enable the Secretary of DVA to release a veteran’s record has not undergone an independent Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA).

We want the Government to order an independent PIA that is consistent with
the Guidelines set by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

Once this is achieved, the veterans community and lawmakers will be able to review the independent PIA report with respect to veterans’ privacy and adjust the Bill as necessary to address our concerns. This should be done before the Bill is considered by the Senate.


Cybersecurity fail – mobile risks

New research from ME Bank of 2000 Australian smartphone and tablet (mobile) users has revealed that nearly 50 per cent of people are failing to take simple measures to protect themselves.