Sharing too much online puts your privacy at risk

1 May 2019

Privacy Awareness Week is a good time to check you’re protecting your personal information online.

The internet is great for socialising and connecting with friends and family. But sharing too much information about yourself may put your identity at risk.

Remember when you took a quiz to find out what type of bread you are?

You learnt you were garlic bread. Scammers may have learnt enough to steal your identity.

These quizzes often ask questions like:

  • what was your first job?
  • what was the name of your first street?

These are the same as the security questions you use for things like your email and online banking.

While these quizzes might be fun, you could be sharing more about yourself than you realise. Scammers can use this information to steal your identity and your personal details.

Privacy Awareness Week is a good time to think about how much personal information you’re giving away online.

Actions you can take to protect your privacy include:

  • adjusting your privacy settings to control what you share on social media
  • hiding details on your screen when using a computer or mobile device in public
  • not opening links in unexpected emails, text messages, or social media messages
  • signing out of your online accounts and closing the browser after use.

If you think your identity is at risk, call our Scams and Identity Theft Helpdesk.

You can call the helpdesk to report any Centrelink, Medicare or myGov related scams.

Next steps

Check out our Student Update  Facebook page between 12-18 May for more online security tips.

Read more about scams and your online security.

Read more about Privacy Awareness Week.

This information was printed Monday 27 May 2019 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/news/sharing-too-much-online-puts-your-privacy-risk It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.

Page last updated: 1 May 2019