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Information to help keep us safe - Alerts, Tips, Hints, Scams, Warnings, Cyber Safety and Risk Assessment. 




kiwibankOnline Scams - Kiwibank or Telco company e.g.Spark 
Kiwibank has been warning its customers about various scams that are prevalent at the moment. Here is the message they sent and a link to find out more.




Privacy NZ
On 1 December 2020 the new Privacy Act will come into effect. The Act introduces a number of new privacy protections for individuals and obligations for organisations, including mandatory privacy breach notifications, access directions, and compliance notices. This 4 minute video helps to explain the new protections.
Click here to acquaint yourself further with the provisions of the Privacy Act 2020 at You can also sign up for easy E-Learning on the Privacy Commission site to learn at a more detailed level.


UUnite against COVID 19nite against CoVid-19: Misinformation and scams:

Scams and frauds exploiting the spread of COVID-19 have been noted overseas and are expected to be seen in New Zealand. They may arrive in the form of an email, text, phone call or through social media.


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WhatsApp Warnings:
If you know anyone using WhatsApp you might pass on this. Advice is that a video is coming out from WhatsApp called Martinelli - don't open it, it hacks your phone and nothing will fix it. Spread the word.
Also if you receive a message to update the Whatsapp to Whatsapp Gold, do not click.
Dance of the Popes: Please inform all contacts from your list not to open a video called the "Dance of the Pope". It is a virus that formats your mobile. Beware, it is very dangerous. They announced it on BBC radio.


john parsons videosJohn Parsons' Cyber Security Videos:
The session with John Parson's which was due to happen on the 15th April has been cancelled. John has kindly made some videos available to all SeniorNet members to view. Here are the links to them: 


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John Parsons - Cyber Safety and Risk Assessment Consultant. John works with education, health and private sectors, providing specialist advice and direction on the safe and ethical use of Digital Communication Technology.


The RealMe service is officially backed by the government. It is built to make doing things online very secure, lets you easily and securely prove your identity online, and access lots of online services with a single username and password. 


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Check/Report Scams



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Get practical information and advice on cybersecurity.
INVITATION: If you are interested in joining the generous offer from CERT NZ to provide a 45-minute Zoom webinar on Keeping Yourself Safe Online to be held on 20th July at 11:00 am click here to enrol.


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is a partnership that promotes ways for individuals, businesses and schools to protect themselves online. All New Zealanders will benefit if we can unlock the potential of the internet by using it in a safe and secure way.


Promotes cybersafety and digital citizenship by educating and supporting individuals, organisations and industry on a range of issues.