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New Zealanders' concern over online misinformation growing
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Growing concern over misleading online information grips 65% of New Zealanders, with women and the elderly expressing the greatest worries.
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New Zealanders showing major concern over misuse of AI
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A substantial 72% of New Zealanders are apprehensive about AI misuse and under-regulation, highlighting a significant knowledge gap.
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Concern grows over children's online safety in Aotearoa
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73% of New Zealanders, particularly women and adults aged 30-49, express high concern about children accessing inappropriate content online.
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Web threats in Singapore down 5.9%, says Kaspersky report
3 days ago
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Kaspersky reveals a 5.9% decrease in web-based threats detected for Singapore in 2023, the third annual drop, despite growing complexity and user attacks, which surged to 30.7%.
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Over half of New Zealand's internet workforce want more remote work
3 days ago
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Over half of New Zealand's internet-capable workforce want to increase remote working, according to InternetNZ's latest findings; however, employer restrictions remain a significant barrier.
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Netsafe launches online safety programme for seniors in New Zealand
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Netsafe, a charitable organisation in New Zealand, has launched 'Get Set Up for Safety', a nationwide initiative to equip senior citizens with skills to combat online threats such as fraud and scams.
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Unseen surge in cyber attacks blocked by Avast in 2023
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Avast blocked 10 billion cyberattacks in 2023, up 49% on the prior year, with cybercriminals deploying sophisticated methods including deepfake scams and exploiting PDF files and Google OAuth to steal user information.
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Cybersecurity alert for UK businesses on Safer Internet Day
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On Safer Internet Day, Evolve Business Group underscores the importance of robust online security for businesses.
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auDA Foundation awards 15 grants for digital inclusion projects
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The auDA Foundation issues 15 grants, each worth $40,000, for projects enhancing digital inclusion and innovation targeting various demographics, including rural communities, people with disabilities, and Indigenous Australians.
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Australian firms urged to boost defences ahead of Safer Internet Day
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Ahead of Safer Internet Day, businesses in Australia are urged to fortify their cyber defences as reports reveal record levels of cyber threats, scams and data breaches in 2022.
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Safer Internet Day: CTO underlines risk to young web users
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On Safer Internet Day, WatchGuard's CTO Corey Nachreiner calls for enhanced online safety awareness, emphasising the threat of AI privacy concerns.
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VerifyMy appoints Lina Ghazal to lead regulatory & public affairs
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Online safety tech leader VerifyMy appoints Lina Ghazal, former Ofcom and Meta policy veteran, to head Regulatory and Public Affairs.
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Kaspersky warns of elevated child cybersecurity risks in 2024
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Cybersecurity experts at Kaspersky reveal increasing threats to minors in 2024, including AI-generated inappropriate content, cyberattacks on young gamers and malicious app downloads.
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PIA launches VPN pass to bolster digital rights in high-risk areas
Thu, 21st Dec 2023
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Private Internet Access launches PIA Privacy Pass, offering free VPN subscriptions to journalists and NGOs in high-risk areas.
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Zally to transform cybersecurity with behavioural biometrics
Wed, 20th Dec 2023
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Manchester authentication startup Zally is aiming to revolutionise cybersecurity with progressive behavioural biometrics technology.
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Australia set to launch new online safety regulations in 2023
Tue, 19th Dec 2023
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Australia plans to implement a comprehensive set of online safety regulations from December 2023; smaller businesses face compliance challenges.
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ESET & Big Smoke announce winners of Australian children's cyber safety writing contest
Mon, 18th Dec 2023
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ESET and The Big Smoke Media Group crown winners of an Aussie children's writing contest focusing on cyber safety.
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Norton declares Cyber Safety Sunday to safeguard online shopping
Thu, 16th Nov 2023
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Norton proclaims 'Cyber Safety Sunday' to promote online safety measures amid anticipated increase in holiday cyber attacks.
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McAfee products now available at Officeworks in Australia
Fri, 13th Oct 2023
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The introduction of McAfee in the market will make it easier for Australian consumers to keep their personal information safe and private.
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Spark unveils Esports initiatives: Game Arena and 'The Rise Cup':
Tue, 3rd Oct 2023
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Spark announces the launch of Spark Game Arena, with the nationwide tournament The Rise Cup featuring Fortnite, and a $30,000 prize pool up for grabs.
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Titans of Tech - Parvinder Walia of ESET Australia
Wed, 27th Sep 2023
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Meet Parvinder Walia, the visionary leader at the helm of ESET Australia, championing cybersecurity and diversity.
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TUANZ urges next Govt to commit to improving online safety
Wed, 13th Sep 2023
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The Tech Users Association has called on whoever makes up the next Government to commit to continuing to take the lead on improving security and safety online.
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New measures introduced to Snapchat to safeguard teens
Fri, 8th Sep 2023
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Snap has announced a new package of safeguards to further protect 13-17 year old Snapchatters from potential online risks.
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Gen Z in the dark on basic internet terms – research
Fri, 18th Aug 2023
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The DNS Research Federation suggests young people are risking their safety online by using the Internet without knowing what key terms mean.