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Cybersecurity
2021 iSANZ Awards winners announced at online ceremony
The 2021 iSANZ Awards were held this evening at a live online ceremony and included awards in six categories and a special Hall of Fame Award.
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Privacy
Rights to privacy and safety under threat - report
The State of Digital Rights report has found that online safety is at risk from increased big tech and government power.
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Smartphone
Children, teens more vulnerable to mobile threats - report
New research by McAfee has found that the increased uptake of mobile devices over laptops has fostered a false sense of security among smartphone-using children and teens.
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Data Privacy
New research reveals data privacy still a big worry for Kiwis
New Zealanders are becoming increasingly worried about their personal data privacy, according to a new InternetNZ survey.
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VPN
Surfshark adds a website safety warning feature to its browser extension
Surfshark created website safety warning feature that encourages people to be more mindful about the data they are giving to websites and digital platforms.
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Social Media
TikTok's unveils plans to safeguard and diversify recommendations
TikTok has unveiled new details about the platform's work to safeguard and diversify its recommendation system. 
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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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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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Phishing
Internet infrastructure strained as demand for servers surges 30%
Internet service providers are extending data caps to meet the newfound reliance on the network, however, some experts express uncertainty concerning internet infrastructure’s ability to keep up with the rapidly growing demand.
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Symantec
Hands-on review: Norton Security gets the safety and freedom balance right
The folks at Norton understand that there are those of use that like to walk on the wild side. But even a seasoned Internet adventurer like myself likes a degree of protection.
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Cyberbullying
ESET launches campaign to make the internet safer for children
ESET has launched its Safer Kids Online campaign, which is designed to improve education around child safety online for both parents and their children.
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Online Safety
It's hard talking to children about online safety, parents say
Some parents may be worried about what their children are doing online, but they don’t talk to their children enough about the issue.
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Online Safety
People and data privacy: The insights (and contradictions)
39% of people would take money in exchange for giving a stranger complete access to their private data online.
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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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Smart Home
Eight ways to empower children to use the internet safely
Kids are great at consuming content online – but they’re not aware of risks like viruses, cyberbullying, unwanted contact by strangers, data privacy and inappropriate content.
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Smart Home
Beyond lock and key: Securing the smarthome
It’s important to understand how smarthome technologies work and what they’re fully capable of.
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Vocus
Updated: NZ ISPs block internet footage of Christchurch shootings
2degrees, Spark, Vodafone and Vocus are now blocking any website that shows footage of the mosque shootings.
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Commerce Systems
You don't have a golden ticket: Why Viagogo is a massive 'no-no'
How much power does New Zealand have to stop a multinational 'deviant' from operating in our country?
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Cybersecurity
Personalisation more important than privacy for Gen Z
Gen Z doesn’t just use the internet to connect them, entertain them, sell to them, and build their digital brand, they expect it to.
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Data Protection
The online content that gives Kiwis concern
InternetNZ has released a report that shows the things we are worried about, and where we might be going wrong.
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Cybersecurity
AU businesses less cybersecurity confident than global peers
A new report reveals companies around the world could incur US$5.2 trillion in additional costs and lost revenue over the next five years due to cybercrime.
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Trend Micro
Competition: Help Kiwi kids celebrate the good side of the internet
Trend Micro’s What’s Your Story? Is a fun poster competition for kids aged between 5-12 years. They can design a poster that reflects the good side of the internet in whatever creative ways they come up with.
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Facebook
Facebook, Sticks 'n' Stones take online safety to NZ schools
According to Sticks ‘n’ Stones founder Karla Sanders, everyone should have the right to be their real selves.