What is cybercrime?

Cybercrime, also called computer crime, involves using computers and the internet to break the law. Common kinds of cybercrime include:

  • identity theft and fraud
  • online scams
  • attacks on computer systems or websites.

If you are a victim of cybercrime, it can be harmful for your business and for you personally.

What can I do about cybercrime?

To protect your business from cybercrime, try these tips:

  • Limit the personal information you post online.
  • Install security software on your computers and mobile phones.
  • Use strong passwords.
  • Learn to avoid common scams by visiting the SCAMWatch website regularly.
  • Investigate if you receive new credit cards you didn’t ask for or bills for goods and services that aren’t yours.
  • Be alert for any unexplained bank transactions or missing mail.
  • Get a free copy of your credit report from a credit-reporting agency on a regular basis, particularly if your identity has been stolen.
  • Regularly download security updates.
  • Keep your computer, website and Point-of-Sale (POS) systems up-to-date with any software updates or patches as they are released.

For more tips, read our page on keeping your online business activity safe and secure.

How can ACORN help?

The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) is an Australia-wide initiative that allows the public to securely report cybercrime.

ACORN can help protect your business from cybercrime by:

  • helping you learn more about cybercrime and how to can affect you and your business
  • providing practical tips and advice to help you avoid cyber crime
  • making it easier to report cybercrime.

You can report cybercrimes to ACORN by using the Report a cybercrime form on the ACORN website.

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