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Microsoft
Māori and cyber safety - Examining an unsafe online climate and the need for action
Government-funded and non for profit research have proven over the years that there is a significant online risk for many minority communities in Aotearoa, with Māori often being singled out as a particularly vulnerable group.
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Cybersecurity
The generation gap: Protecting our kaumātua online
In New Zealand, it was revealed that those aged between 55-64 and over 65 primarily use their desktop computer or laptop to go online, making them more at risk to cyber threats.
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Phishing
COVID-19 and cybersecurity: Technology and risk in Aotearoa
As New Zealand adapts to living with COVID-19, they are also having to deal with an increasing number of life-altering technologies, all of which have a substantial risk of creating cybersecurity issues for the public.
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Cybersecurity
How safe is New Zealand’s disabled community online?
According to the Office for Disability Issues (ODI), those with disabilities account for 25% of Aotearoa's population, so what are we doing to ensure the safety of this community online?
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PIJF
Schooling security: How safe are Kiwi kids in the age of hybrid learning?
With the inevitability of online and hybrid schooling becoming the norm for many Kiwi kids, parents and educators are finding the risks significantly higher than pre-pandemic levels.
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Cloud
Netsafe welcomes public feedback on draft of Code of Practice for Online Safety and Harms
The code aims to establish a self-regulatory framework to protect New Zealanders from online harm and harmful content.
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InternetNZ
Better consultation needed for new Online Safety Code
"By focusing on in-depth input from tech platforms before coming to communities and individuals, it highlights the power imbalance with targeted communities."
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CERT NZ
It's Fraud Awareness Week: How you can steer clear of scams and fraud
"If you control the amount of information you release, you can reduce the chance of someone stealing your identity.”
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Cybersecurity
The deepfake dilemma: How it affects privacy, security & law in Aotearoa
A video shows Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as the character of Maleficent. Her husband Clarke Gayford then appears. It almost looks real - but we know it isn't.
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Cybersecurity
The who’s who of NZ’s government & public cybersecurity agencies
With every new technology-enabled path we forge, we must also defend ourselves from cyber threats and exploitation. Here we take a look at some of Aotearoa's main cyber defenders.
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Cloud
Google says NZ's lack of cybersecurity knowledge is putting users at risk
Kiwis lost $5.23 million in the three months from 1 April to 30 June 2021.
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Cloud
Netsafe works with global tech giants to address online harm in NZ
“Harmful experiences, directly and indirectly, cause physical, financial, and psychological harm, decrease user confidence, and undermine investment in the digital economy and society,” says Netsafe chief Martin Cocker.
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Cyberbullying
May 17 is Pink Shirt Day: How you can help prevent cyberbullying
This Friday May 17 is Pink Shirt Day, which is a colourful way to raise awareness about a serious and in some cases tragic issue: cyberbullying.
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Cybersecurity
$33 million lost to scams & fraud: Netsafe says NZ isn't doing enough to stop it
" This is an issue that isn’t going away. More needs to be done or we will continue to see large numbers of New Zealanders suffering financial and psychological harm,” says Netsafe CEO Martin Cocker.
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Scams
"Is this for real?" The reality of fraud against New Zealanders
Is this for real? More often than not these days it can be hard to tell, and it’s okay to be a bit suspicious, especially when it comes to fraud.
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Cyberbullying
Online hate speech affects New Zealand adults
Have you experienced online hate speech? The problem affects New Zealand adults more than you might think.
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Cyberbullying
$444 million: The devastating cost of cyberbullying in NZ
Can you put a dollar figure on the damage cyberbullying causes New Zealanders? One economist says that cost is around $444 million every year.
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Netsafe
More people are reporting online bullying to Netsafe than ever before
Online abuse, bullying and harassment are continuing to cause harm to New Zealanders nationwide, and more people are reporting incidents to Netsafe.
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Scams
Kiwis' scam losses hit $18.6m, eclipsing last year's figures
This year Kiwis have lost a staggering $18.6 million to scams, compared to $10.1 million for over the entirety of last year.
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Scams
Netsafe & Spark ramp up scam education efforts across NZ
Netsafe and Spark are on a mission to raise awareness about the dangers of phone and online scams.
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Phishing
Kiwis lost $10.1 million to scams last year: Which region felt the worst of it?
"We encourage everyone, no matter how digitally savvy they think they are, to improve their knowledge of scams."
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Scams
$10.1m lost: Why Kiwis are losing so much to scammers & how we need to fix it
Netsafe explains why we must change our attitudes to "even if it seems like a reasonable deal, it could still be a scam".
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Artificial Intelligence
Don't delete your scam emails! You can now help beat scammers at their own game
Re:scam, an artificially intelligent email programme, is designed to engage scammers in a neverending cycle of conversation.
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Scams
CERT NZ & Netsafe warn of scammers playing online blackmail hand
​CERT NZ and Netsafe have both reported a surge in online blackmail incidents.