7 tips for a safer internet

Summary:Tomorrow's Safer Internet Day is about helping children and young people avoid online risks, but there's plenty that adults can do. On Patch Monday this week, seven information security industry representatives give their tips for making the internet a safer place.

Tomorrow's Safer Internet Day is about helping children and young people avoid online risks, but there's plenty that adults can do. On Patch Monday this week, seven information security industry representatives give their tips for making the internet a safer place.

We asked them one question: if you could do or focus on one thing for Safer Internet Day, what would it be?

The answers ranged from starting off with a stocktake of where your data is and how you access it, to the dangers of services that automatically shorten URLs and therefore hide their true destination.

Our panellists are:

  • Lloyd Borrett, security evangelist for AVG (AU/NZ)
  • Adam Bradley, Australia and New Zealand country manager for Websense
  • Paul Ducklin, head of technology for Asia Pacific with Sophos
  • Alastair MacGibbon from the Surete Group, former head of the Australian Federal Police's High Tech Crime Centre
  • Steve Martin, Symantec's head of SMB for the Pacific region
  • Scott Robertson, Australia and New Zealand regional director with WatchGuard Technologies
  • Stuart Strathdee, chief security advisor for Microsoft Australia

As usual, Patch Monday also includes my random look at last week's IT news.

To leave an audio comment for Patch Monday, Skype to stilgherrian, or phone Sydney 02 8011 3733.>

Running time 28 minutes, 53 seconds

Topics: Microsoft, Security, Symantec

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Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit tr... Full Bio

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