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Internet security a must
GROWTH TREND IN SPENDING
THE strong rise in the value of the
dollar has resulted in Australians
spending more than usual on
Latest estimates have put that
international spend at just under 50
per cent of all online shopping.
The exchange rate is not the
only explanation for the surge in
It's claimed the lack of local
big-brand retailers selling online
is forcing shoppers to buy from
Industry commentators say
Australia is several years behind
the US and UK and Australian
consumers are voting with their
wallets when it comes to shopping
Australia's online retailing scene
remains dominated by big foreign-
owned players such as Amazon.com,
eBay and Apple's iTunes.
Despite that, thousands of smaller
Australian companies have built
strong brands and solid sales by
catering to niches of the retail
Recent statistics show Australian
shoppers are increasingly
embracing the concept of online
It has been estimated that with
steady growth, spending will
increase to as much as $21.2 billion
That confidence has resulted
in Australia's biggest online
retailers acknowledging the
need to meet customers on
the web if long-term survival
is to be assured.
THE internet is a great
way to communicate,
share information and
The downside is that
the internet is not
Building Society CEO
Terry Millet, pictured,
warns that there are a number of
threats that can potentially cause
problems for internet users.
''We recommend the following
measures to increase your internet
security,'' Mr Millet said.
Operating system, browser and
software updates. Keep up to date
with software fixes (also known as
patches or security updates). Using a
current web browser will maximise
Anti-virus protection. Ensure your
computer has an up-to-date anti-virus
protection program to detect and
remove viruses. Also consider SPAM
Use a current anti-spyware
to detect and remove
spyware from your
Firewall. Use a firewall to prevent
unauthorised users from gaining
access to your computer or network.
Use extreme caution when accessing
sites from a public or shared computer
such as those at internet cafes,
libraries, airports, hotels and other
If you need to access a shared computer,
we recommend you follow these steps
to protect your privacy.
1. Ensure no one standing behind you
is looking over your shoulder while
accessing the site.
2. Log out of the site as soon as you
finish your internet banking session.
3. Close the browser by clicking on the
X icon, usually at the top right-hand
corner of the screen.
4. Verify that the last log-on time
corresponds with your last internet
banking session when you next log on
to the site.
5. Change your password or access code
soon as possible when you
next log on at a trusted
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