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Credit bureau Equifax announced in 2017 that the personal information of 143 million Americans – about three-quarters of all adults – had been exposed in a major data breach. AP Photo/Mike Stewart

Ransomware, data breach, cyberattack: What do they have to do with your personal information, and how worried should you be?

If an organization that has your data gets hacked, your vulnerability depends on the kind of attack and the kind of data. Here’s how you can assess your risk and what to do to protect yourself.
It’s been reported that names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, personal email addresses and emergency contact details, tax file numbers, payroll information, bank account details, passport details and student academic records were accessed. www.shutterstock.com

19 years of personal data was stolen from ANU. It could show up on the dark web

The worst-case scenario is that hackers still have access to the university systems via a backdoor and are siphoning off critical data as it emerges.
The Privacy Act gives you the right to find out what’s in your credit report and change any incorrect information in your report. from www.shutterstock.com

Your credit report is a key part of your privacy – here’s how to find and check it

Checking your credit report is a good way to ensure that incorrect information is not listed against you, and can protect you against identity theft.
Do people need insurance against hacking? ra2studio/Shutterstock.com

As digital threats grow, will cyber insurance take off?

As cyberattacks and hacking become more common, businesses and private individuals are realizing that cleaning up from digital destruction can be expensive.
With so many reports of data breaches, it is easy to tune out to what is happening. Shutterstock

Another day, another data breach – what to do when it happens to you

Data breaches are fact of modern life. It’s likely each of us will have our personal information compromised at some point. Here’s how to reduce the risk and limit the damage if and when it occurs.
If an online offer seems too good to be true, it probably is and you’re being phished. Shutterstock

How to avoid getting hooked by a festive season phishing scam

Phishing attempts tend to rise during the festive season when people are more likely to respond to online marketing and to spend more money. How can you protect yourself?
A digitally integrated identity card with comprehensive security could simplify many transactions with government and business. Shutterstock

It’s time for an eAustralia Card

It’s time to bring our digital identity up to date with other developed nations. That might even mean a unified digital identity card with top notch security and privacy protections.

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