This week is Privacy Awareness Week and AMTA is again pleased to support the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner in encouraging consumers, businesses and industry to focus on privacy and the safe management of personal data.
Our biggest tip for mobile users when it comes to privacy is to treat your mobile like your wallet and secure it carefully. Be aware of the privacy settings on your phone and make sure you use them. We all carry a lot of personal information on mobile devices these days and so it is important to take the time to ensure we protect that information.
Also, be aware of the privacy and security settings on mobile apps and choose settings that you are comfortable with. And it often pays to take the time to read privacy notices and terms and conditions before giving over your personal details. And while it is convenient to re-use passwords or to use simple ones, be aware that this is how many privacy breaches occur, so take the time to manage your passwords and set up strong ones.
Its also important for parents and caregivers to explain to children and young people how they can protect their personal information online and the eSafety office has some excellent advice and resouces for parents here.