Growing up, I tortured my parents with a never-ending, relentless barrage of questions. All. Day. Long.
“Does chewing gum really stay inside you for years?”
“Can germs catch germs?”
"What is the name of the space between the bits that stick out on a comb?"
“Are we there yet?!”
In fact, a 2013 UK study showed that mums are asked more questions per hour than a teacher or a doctor. Four year old girls are the most curious, averaging a dazzling 390 queries each day (that’s one question every two minutes they’re awake, for those frazzled parents playing along at home).
As an adult, I’ve stopped asking questions. Sure, if there’s something I don’t know I’ll Google it on my phone, cue up a podcast to fill the void, or deep dive through Wikipedia, but I never ask out loud anymore.
This year on Safer Internet Day, over 100 countries will unite to raise awareness of the online issues that keep Australians awake at night. And because two heads are better than one, we’re encouraging you to #AskOutLoud when something doesn’t seem quite right.
Online scams and malicious software aren’t always obvious, especially when the fraudsters use trusted brands and logos to look (and smell) like the real deal.
And while we may be getting better at smelling the rats, the fraudsters are about as relentless as the four year old who just keeps asking the questions. Considering that Australians lost a staggering $45 million to fraud in 2015, we’re still getting caught in the trap.
Before taking the bait:
Your password is the guardian of your digital space, unlocking the virtual front door to your online world of banking, shopping, and social networking. And while we all know that a strong password is a good password, the latest statistics confirm that using “password” as a password is apparently still a thing.
Topping the list in 2016 (with a flustering 17% of the 10 million passwords analyzed) was “123456” – the electronic equivalent of locking your front door, but Blu-Tacking the key to the lock.
Before you become another hacking statistic:
So if in doubt, shout! Head to Stay Smart Online and join the Twitter conversation to #AskOutLoud during #SID2017
Because your online safety is worth a second opinion.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to ask Mum some questions…
Rebecca Moonen is Senior Security and Privacy Awareness Advisor at nbn. You can read more of her online safety tips here.