Protecting your family with personal cyber insurance
If you’re worried about your personal information being stolen in a hack or data breach, you should consider investing in personal identity theft protection through a personal cyber protection policy.
Every seven minutes. That’s how often a cyber crime was reported to the Australian Cyber Security Centre during the 2021–22 financial year. This was an increase of 13% from the previous financial year.
Almost all Australians have now received an SMS, email or phone call that attempted to get them to hand over personal details or money. The recent Optus and Medibank data breaches in which thousands of Australians had their personal information stolen have heightened public consciousness of the threat of identity fraud. Information including names, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, passport and Medicare numbers, and even healthcare claims were subsequently posted online in the past few months as a result of the high-profile breaches.
Today, technology is embedded in many facets of our everyday lives. Whether it’s how we communicate, purchase items or coordinate our family’s busy schedule, Australians are heavily reliant on technology. Most households also have a number of internet-enabled devices in the home (think smart TVs, gaming devices, phones, smart watches and exercise devices).
Our dependence on the internet, and the exponential growth of web-enabled devices and social media, have resulted in people being much more interconnected. And that’s introduced new risks into our homes and everyday lives that must be managed.
The hackers had also accessed her personal Hotmail account and, unaware of that, she emailed her driver’s licence to a real estate agent seeking ID for a property sale.