Stay Safe Online


Did you know this week was Stay Smart Online Week?

“Stay Smart Online is the Australian Government’s online safety and security website, designed to help everyone understand the risks and simple steps we can take to protect our personal and financial information online.”

Intel Security's Cybermum Alex Merton-McCann using her device to be online.

Intel Security’s Cybermum Alex Merton-McCann using her device to be online.

We are all living in a technology addicted world and I am sure you have noticed that your kids love the computer, iPad or iPhone.  I know mine do. They love watching videos on YouTube and just playing games. We make sure we restrict times for watching the iPad and I always monitor what they are watching and doing.

90%  of Australian’s will be online by 2017

The whole aim of the ninth annual Stay Smart Online Week is to have it start from the lounge room to the board room. The focus is on good online security at home and also at work.

You can download practical guides to stay safe online and it gives you steps to ensure you are protected. One of the guides has just eight simple steps to help keep you safe and protected.


Do you worry about your kids online? Have you accidentally clicked on a wrong link? Or opened an email from someone that you did not know? Well many of these issues can be addressed in the great information from Life Education and Intel Security.

Cybersafety for Parents – Vodcasts

Hosted by Jo Vaughan Life Education’s National Training Manager and Brett Hannath, Senior Director of Marketing, Intel Security, as well as Intel Security’s Cybermum Alex Merton-McCann, the resource features key tips from the Life Education school program’s Cybersafety modules bCyberwise and It’s Your Call.




To help you all be safe online Intel Security has an amazing giveaway for my readers.

10 readers have the chance to win a copy of McAfee Total Protection valued at $129.95 

10 readers can win copies of McAfee Total Protection valued at $129.95 each. Keep safe online with Intel Security.

10 readers can win copies of McAfee Total Protection valued at $129.95 each. Keep safe online with Intel Security.

How to Enter?

All you need to do is to fill out the Rafflecopter from and make sure to leave a comment on this blog post. The question you need to answer is, “Why is being secure in this online world important to you?”

The best 10 answers will win a copy of McAfee Total Protection.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

By filling out your details you agree to be emailed news about the blog. Don’t worry we will make sure that your details are safe and will never spam you!

No comment no entry, so make sure to leave one to be in the running for this amazing prize.

NOTE: If you are the lucky winner, you have 72 hours to respond to the email notifying you of your win. If I don’t hear from you I will redraw the winner.

When does the Giveaway End?

The McAfee Total Protection Giveaway ends midnight 4th November 2016. This is using Eastern Daylight Saving Time so just be aware of this.

Who can Enter?

Australian residents only.

Intel Security's Cybermum Alex Merton-McCann keeping a watchful eye while homework or play gets done.

Intel Security’s Cybermum Alex Merton-McCann keeping a watchful eye while homework or play gets done.

Disclaimer:  I was approached to see if I would be interested in sharing with my readers. I am very cautious about what I say or reveal online, I like to think that I am teaching my children good habits about how they conduct themselves online as well. Due to the nature of the world we are now surrounded with more and more technology. We need to be safe and protect our personal lives and also our finances. I felt it was a good thing to share to create more awareness on how to keep safe in an online world, and give some practical steps to help.

I would also like to thank Intel Security for this fabulous prize for my readers. It will truly be a huge help to households to protect their online information.

38 Responses
  • Bani Adam
    October 14, 2016

    I feel vulnerable when im online

  • Nicola James
    October 14, 2016

    I am fanatical about my privacy and the thought of strangers stealing my details and taking over my laptop is horrifying!

  • Wendy Darcy
    October 14, 2016

    I use mcafee my subscription is nearly finished I have never caught a virus

  • Jade O
    October 14, 2016

    Unfortunately in 2016, nothing online feels safe anymore. From banking to browsing, Facebook or email, once your information is out there, it can become anyone’s business. Its horrifying at times!

  • sue petrie
    October 14, 2016

    it is very important to be secure online as people can take your identity and steal from you

  • Lauren Thomas
    October 16, 2016

    Being secure in this online world is very important to me because I need to feel safe. There are millions of scams and viruses online and you could be exposed to them at any moment. I want to feel secure and I know that McAfee is very capable of doing that. They are a great brand and I would love to win this.

  • Sarahmary
    October 16, 2016

    There’s so many dangerous things lurking on the Internet, so it really pays to be careful and prepared with a quality safety method in place. I’ve had my details taken before with money spent on my bank card and I felt used and exposed. It was a horrible feeling and I’m extremely secure in what sites I visit now.

  • Jaimie Austin
    October 18, 2016

    Being secure in the online world is important to me as a mum. The reason for this is because i want my family and myself to feel safe when on the computer, being able to protect my privacy. I love blogging and because my software protection has ended, i have to be careful of the sites i visit and the links i press. 2016 is getting worse with internet scams and people stealing your details.

  • Sarah
    October 19, 2016

    since all my banking is done online I have to be sure my electronics are protected

  • Carlyb
    October 19, 2016

    very scary online and especially for naïve children. we try to educate and teach them as much about cyber safety as possible

  • julie
    October 19, 2016

    to keep my personal details ‘personal,and my accounts ,my money, my identity safe,my family safe from scammers.

  • Michelle
    October 19, 2016

    There are so many different types of threats online, it’s a worry.

  • renee
    October 19, 2016

    To keep your money safe, accounts and passwords confidential so you can have peice of mind when using the internet.

    • Barbara Fehmel
      October 20, 2016

      I worry about children getting threats and conned on line, It is so dangerous parents should be vigilant.

  • Kathleen Jackson
    October 23, 2016

    Online conflicts will sometimes start in the real world, a.k.a. schools, and then transfer into the virtual world. Bullying is pushed to the virtual world because cyberbullies are mostly, if not completely, anonymous.

  • Mikaela C
    October 24, 2016

    The safety of my kids is so important!

  • katrina stubbs
    October 24, 2016

    so much scary stuff can happen online, I like to know that myself and family are safe from hackers and thieves. Would hate to have my hard saved money stolen or nasty viruses on my laptop

  • Emmi K
    October 24, 2016

    Googling’s my hobby, security’s my goal,
    With McAfee, I’ve got total control.

  • sacha pech
    October 25, 2016

    People unfortunately just aren’t who they appear to be online. It’s amazing how many kings i’m supposedly related to in Nigeria that want to invest in my business idea (which doesn’t exist).

  • Louise T
    October 25, 2016

    With the kids wanting to go online more and more, you want more control of your security. You try and prepare them skill wise, for their online adventures. But, you never know what’s around the corner….. McAfee has got your back!!

  • samantha holmes
    October 26, 2016

    there are so many dangers in the real world and also online, protecting my privacy and my families is at the top of my list

  • Bella Ri
    October 29, 2016

    At least I can have some reassurance that my kids are safe on the internet and that I can control what websites they can and can’t go on!

  • Ashley Beech
    October 30, 2016

    Too many baddies have gone off the streets to troll our kids on the internet; hence the need for top security on our internet-ready devices.

  • Mark S
    October 30, 2016

    Because I donate blood, and after the recent Red Cross Blood Service hack I’m more aware than ever how secure I need myself and my family to be.

  • Belinda Moxey
    October 31, 2016

    No one wants their identity stolen

  • Samantha Allen-Stephens
    November 1, 2016

    Internet security is so important as criminals are becoming wiser and it’s becoming easier for them to steal personal details from people with little or no security.

  • Elisabeth Martins
    November 2, 2016

    The internet is full of creeps and people I call “keyboard warriors”, a faceless person that has no fear because they are hidden behind a screen. They steal your identity, bully or harass. I want to feel safe online.

  • Becky Downey
    November 2, 2016

    Scamming is getting more and more sophisticated, and even the most careful person may be at risk. I worry when I’m online banking especially!

  • Roberto Colombi
    November 3, 2016

    Time to tell scammers to ‘Phish’ off!

  • Tamara Lamb
    November 3, 2016

    So much evil and sorrow in the world, it’s our job as parents to protect our children as much as humanly possible. I take that role incredibly serious.

  • Santhia Keiller
    November 3, 2016

    I had my desktop computer hacked in 1998. It was creepy to sit there while they commandeered my computer. Thankfully, no financial or personal information on my hard drive back then.

    Nowadays, I use my computer for all kinds of financial transactions and social interactions. Unavoidable and so much more convenient in this day and age.

  • Santhia Keiller
    November 3, 2016

    My desktop computer was hacked in 1998. It was creepy to sit there helpless as they commandeered my hard drive. Thankfully no personal or financial information stored on my hard drive back then.

    Nowadays I use my computer for a multitude of financial transactions and social interactions. Unavoidable, time-saving, and so much more convenient in this day and age.

  • Laura S
    November 4, 2016

    So many places to loose information online,
    Great security makes me feel fine.
    Knowing we are protected with each key.
    Makes me feel happy.

  • Yvonne Giakoumis
    November 4, 2016


  • Tess Howard
    November 4, 2016

    Its not just important, it necessary! With a teen and a young son, it scares me to death the things that are out there. Protection is a must!

  • Shan Tawhi Rickus
    November 4, 2016

    Online security is so important to me in this day and age because Cyber Crime is real. There is an extremely dark side to the Internet out there and I’ll be damned if I don’t protect my family from it in every way that I can!

    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  • Amy
    November 4, 2016

    Me and my kids do a lot of things online – from playing games and watching videos to shopping and working. Technology and internet has helped make life more fun and easy but it also makes it a little dangerous and unsafe. Building security online is so important especially now that my kids do a lot of things online. Security will definitely help my family from predators, access to unwanted information, cyber bullying, personal information leakage, and many more. Online security is definitely something very important, especially when kids are involved.

  • Kelly Ryan
    November 4, 2016

    With a teenager and pre-teen in the house using devices with Internet access, I need to be well informed to teach them how to be safe online.

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