Protecting against scams and cyber attacks

Resources to help protect yourself from cyber attacks as a business or individual.

General advice 


Scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to exploit and play on the fears of consumers across Australia, such as:

  • falsely selling coronavirus-related products online
  • using fake emails or text messages to try and obtain personal data
  • phishing emails and phone calls impersonating the World Health Organization, government authorities and businesses such as travel agents and phone companies

eSafety Commissioner

Australia's eSafety Commissioner exists to safeguard Australians at risk from online harm.

Their latest updates on cyber safety issues related to coronavirus include:

  • online safety kit for parents and carers
  • protecting children from online abuse
  • keeping schools and learning safe online
  • online safety tips to help older Australians

Advice for businesses 

Protect staff working from home

Review a list of strategies to address cyber security threats provided by the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

Protect your small business against cyber attack

Since the coronavirus outbreak began, a large number of Australians are now working and studying remotely. There has been a significant rise in coronavirus-related malicious cyber activity.

Get practical advice to help businesses prevent malicious attacks and recover quickly from cyber security incidents.

Reviewed 16 October 2020

Coronavirus Victoria

24/7 Coronavirus Hotline

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

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