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  • Writer's pictureMarietta Bloomfield

Safeguarding Your Digital World: The Escalating Cyber Threat

Updated: Jun 19

Escalating Cyber Attacks on Australians every six minutes!
The Escalating Cyber Threats facing Australians every six minutes.

Australians are now facing a cyber attack every six minutes, with state-sponsored cyber groups and hackers intensifying their assault on critical infrastructure, businesses, and homes. A recent government report revealed this alarming trend, highlighting the urgent need for action.

To tackle the surge in cyber intrusions, the Australian government established an agency in February to coordinate responses to hacks. Additionally, proposed cyber laws would mandate companies to report all ransomware incidents, demonstrating a commitment to enhancing cybersecurity measures.

According to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) annual threat report, the number of reported cybercrime incidents rose by 23% in the financial year ending in June, reaching over 94,000 cases. This underscores the growing scale and impact of cyber threats.

This past week Cyber Threats have escalated and include critical updates and urgent security measures for Apple devices, a zero-day vulnerability discovered in the Chrome Browser, and updates on safety checks, vulnerable systems, privacy, and security.

Here are the latest security updates for Apple and Google Chrome:

Apple Security Updates

Apple has released iOS 15.2 and macOS Monterey 12.1, which include several essential security updates. These updates address vulnerabilities in components such as Safari, Kernel, and WebKit that could potentially allow attackers to execute malicious code, gain elevated privileges, or access sensitive information.

Google Chrome Security Updates

Google has released Chrome version 96.0.4664.93 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses vulnerabilities that attackers could exploit to control affected systems.

Users are strongly advised to apply these updates promptly to safeguard their devices against threats. It is recommended to regularly check the official Apple and Google websites for the latest updates and more detailed information.

The Importance of Regular Updates and Robust Security Protections

The past week's events have served as a stark reminder that we can no longer afford to be complacent regarding cyber security. Neglecting a critical security update, using weak passwords, delaying the installation of the latest version of the software and updated apps, and disregarding "critical security updates" are no longer acceptable. It is time to take these matters seriously and proactively address them.

As technology advances, the complexity and sophistication of cyber-attacks also increase. Recent vulnerabilities in Google Chrome and compromised internet sites and apps for Apple, Google, Chrome, and Android users are a stark reminder that even widely used platforms can be targeted. 😱

Regularly updating software and devices remains one of the most effective ways to protect against emerging threats. Unfortunately, many users neglect this essential task due to complacency or lack of awareness.

Companies, in particular, must prioritize and invest in robust security measures to protect their operations and customers. 💪

How to Protect yourself and stay digitally secure.

To protect personal information, it is essential to practice safe browsing habits, avoid dangerous sites and suspicious links and emails, replace weak passwords with strong passwords or passphrases, enable two-factor authentication, and regularly back up important data.

Passwords and Privacy

Take the time to clear your browsing history, implement safe browsing, and implement privacy controls on your devices. Delete passwords saved in your Chrome browser. Take the time to conduct a full safety check on all your devices. Update all Microsoft and Apple security patches and perform a complete safety check initially on Google Chrome, Chrome Browser, and other browsers. Take the time to check for compromised passwords and conduct an entire device and app safety check.

Let's stay vigilant and work together to create a safer digital environment! 🌐 #cybersecurity #onlinesafety #digitalsecurity #cyberthreat

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