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Safer Internet Day is this week, with the Australian Digital Health Agency urging Australians to talk about online safety and manage their personal information trails, known as digital footprints.

With the physical and virtual worlds increasingly merging, digital health has never been more important.

When it comes to improving the health of all Australians, the ADHA sees the role of digital innovation and connection as a vital part of a modern, accessible healthcare system.

Of course, the digital world also comes with its own risks and challenges, which have come increasingly into focus since COVID-19 and ever-greater reliance on technology.

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Digital self defence

The ADHA says that by sharing experiences and encouraging online awareness people can protect their families, workplaces and communities from cyber threats – for example by reporting suspicious online activity or taking the six steps for simple digital self-defence.

These include building security awareness, keeping software up to date, using strong passwords, backing up data, and learning how to deal with phishing and ransomware attacks.

ADHA Chief Information Security Officer Anthony Kitzelmann is urging everyone to get involved. ‘Just as you keep your physical assets like your home, car and wallet secure, the same diligence is required for your online assets and identity,’ he said.

‘Remember that being cyber secure is not just a job for experts. It’s something we all need to work at as we go about our daily lives. Start the chat with your family and friends this week,’ said Mr Kitzelmann.

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New podcast

For Safer Internet Day, the Australian Digital Health Agency has released a 25 minute podcast focusing on online safety and raising awareness of how to manage digital health.

The podcast is designed to help individuals find out what information already exists about them online, in order to assist them to protect their identities and minimise the risk of personal information being used in future ‘social engineered’ cyber-attacks.

It’s suitable for all people, including families and those who work in healthcare.

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Safer Internet Day

Supported by millions of people in over 170 countries, Safer Internet Day’s aim is to ‘start the chat about online safety’.

This  year all Australians are being encouraged to help improve online safety at work, at home and within their communities, and make every day a Safer Internet Day.

Learn more by visiting the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Cyber Security page.

You can also report suspicious online activity at the Australian Cyber Security Centre.