ATO says: “Be cyber wise, don’t compromise”

November 2, 2023 | Luke Wade

Throughout the 2022 income year, one cybercrime was reported every seven minutes.  The ATO encourages taxpayers to implement the following four quick steps to protect themselves.

Step 1: Install updates for your devices and software

Regular updates ensure taxpayers have the latest security in place which can help prevent cyber criminals from hacking their devices.  They should also make sure they are downloading authorised and legitimate programs.

Step 2: Implement multi-factor authentication

Multi-factor authentication (‘MFA’) is a security measure that requires at least two proofs of identity to grant access.  Businesses as well as individuals should implement MFA wherever possible.  MFA options can include a physical token, authenticator app, email or SMS.

Step 3: Regularly back up your files

Backing up copies of files to an external device or the ‘cloud’ means taxpayers can restore their files if something goes wrong.

It is a precautionary measure that can help avoid costly data recovery.

Step 4:  Change your passwords to passphrases

By using passphrases, taxpayers can boost the security of their accounts and make it harder for cyber criminals to access their information.

Passphrases use four or more random words and can include symbols, capitals and numbers.  A password manager can help generate or store passphrases.