Ransomware is software designed to infiltrate and remotely lock your device or network until your pay a fee. Small businesses can be particularly susceptible to ransomware attacks because:
You can minimise your susceptibility to ransomware attacks by:
Ransomware will generally present itself clearly, in that your device will be unusable and there will be a message demanding payment.
It is best to detect ransomware before an attack by using an up-to date anti-virus program.
You can detect the phishing attempts that lead to ransomware by being vigilant when reading emails and visiting websites which ask you to click on links or download programs. If you receive an unusual email from what appears to be a trusted source (i.e. strange language used, offers something that seems too good to be true, etc.) consider contacting that source independently offline.
Identity Care Australia & New Zealand Ltd (IDCARE) provides identity and cyber security incident response services (the Services) in accordance with the following disclaimer of service:
IDCARE is Australia and New Zealand’s national identity and cyber incident community support service. We are a not-for-profit charity.
While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this alert, IDCARE disclaims any liability to any person in respect to any actions performed or not performed as a result of the contents of the the Services or any accompanying data provided. Wider dissemination may be permitted by authority in writing from IDCARE’s Managing Director. If you would like to provide feedback please use our Feedback Form.
Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum are digital currencies.view fact sheet
When a ban is put in place it ‘freezes’ access to your credit files.view fact sheet
Image exploitation is when an individual’s image is used without their knowledge or consent.view fact sheet
IDCARE as a registered charity does not ask individuals to donate or pay for our front line services. We are not a charity that can receive tax deductible donations.
We rely on organisations that care enough about you to care about us to keep our charitable service going. Proudly these organisations are displayed above and on our Subscriber Organisations page.
If you are asked for payment from someone claiming to be from IDCARE, please report this to us using our Report Phishing email.
IDCARE has access to the Department of Social Services’ Free Interpreting Service, delivered by the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National). Access to the Free Interpreting Service is provided to assist you to communicate with non-English speaking people who hold a Medicare card. Please note that the service does not extend to New Zealand citizens or residents who do not hold an Australian Medicare card, or to tourists, overseas students or people on temporary work visas.
New Zealand Relay provides services to help Deaf, hearing impaired, speech impaired, Deafblind and standard phone users communicate with their peers.
A TTY user connects to New Zealand Relay via a toll-free number and types their conversation to a Relay Assistant (RA) who then reads out the typed message to a standard phone user (hearing person).
The RA relays the hearing person's spoken words by typing them back to the Textphone (TTY) User.
The National Relay Service (NRS) is an Australian government initiative that allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment to make and receive phone calls.
The NRS is available 24 hours a day, every day and relays more than a million calls each year throughout Australia.
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