We’ve all heard the cyber security buzzwords – phishing, botnets, malware. You might be thinking, are these real and am I really at risk? The truth is, cyber criminals don’t tend to target businesses or individuals in particular. They target weakness. Cyber attacks are automated, they constantly probe for weaknesses, which is why it’s important to get into good security habits. 

In light of this month’s Cyber Smart Week in New Zealand and Scams Awareness Week in Australia, we’ve put together some practical tips on the basics of cyber security to help protect yourself and your business.

Password security

80% of web apps are using brute force to compromise passwords. Protect your personal information with unique passwords that are long and strong. 

Password managers are particularly useful in letting you use multiple strong passwords, as they can generate these for you and sync them across your devices to

This article first featured in: Rebuilding Australia: the role of small business. This report uncovers the impact of COVID-19 on different industries across the country. For more insights and help for small businesses check out our Behind Small Business page.

With an ecommerce boom already in full flight, delivery company Sendle saw a sharp increase during COVID-19 as consumers headed online to buy everything from bike parts to beauty products. 

Rush to online

As retail stores were forced to close amid the nationwide lockdown imposed in March, an enormous out-of-season online shopping rush followed. Across the country, people headed online to stock up on fitness equipment, home office supplies and educational items – all delivered to their homes.

“Each week was equivalent to a peak Christmas week. In April and May, our business was up 44 per cent on the previous Christmas period,” explains Eva Ross, Sendle’s Chief Marketing