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Act Now. Stay Secure.

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​​​​​​​​What are you risking online?​

In this commercial, we see the snowball effect and real-life consequences that follow having software that isn’t up to date. We move through a series of quick cuts between actions.

Justine, 25, is relaxing on her bed and on her phone. We get the clear feeling she’s independent, self-sufficient, and capable. She is navigating within her phone settings and can see she needs to update her software. She clicks ‘later’, and continues with her day.

Morning, kitchen. In a close-up on Justine’s device, we see her tap in her passcode, but it doesn’t work. We cut in closer as a message appears ‘device locked’, she’s been locked out of her device! She looks back down, as we cut...

Afternoon, bank. We see Justine pointing to a number of highlighted transactions on a bank statement.

The next morning, near letterbox. We see Justine opening a debt-collection ‘final notice’. We cut to a close-up on Justine’s face as she reads it. It’s like a physical blow to her heart and self-esteem.

Voice over: What are you risking online?

We suddenly reverse through the close-ups of Justine’s face. They flow gracefully together as a visual sequence, taking us back from devastation, to her neutral expression at the beginning of the story. We see her make the right decision as she looks at her phone settings and clicks ‘update’ to ‘software updates’, as the GFX appear.

Voice over: Install software updates regularly.

Voice over/super: Learn simple steps to protect yourself at actnowstaysecure.gov.au

Super: Act Now. Stay Secure.

Super: Australian Government coat of arms.

Voice over/super: Authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra.

Keep yourself secure online

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Australians are more vulnerable to cyber attacks than ever before. Protecting yourself online doesn't have to be hard. Follow these three simple steps.

  1. Set up multi-factor authentication to add an extra layer of security to your online accounts.

    Multi-factor authentication is when you need 2 or more proofs of identity to be able to log into your account. This could include using your login details as well as an authentication code, making it harder for someone else to access your online accounts. Learn how to set up multi-factor authentication.


  2. Install software updates regularly to keep your devices secure.

    Software updates are new, improved, or fixed versions of software or apps. Check automatic updates are on so you are notified when an update is available. Regular updates help improve your security, so do not ignore prompts to install. The longer you leave it, the more vulnerable you could be to a cyber attack. Learn how to stay secure online and update your devices.


  3. Create strong and unique passphrases that are over 14 characters long and use 4 or more random words.

    Use different passphrases for each of your accounts. If one account gets compromised your other accounts remain safe. A password manager can help you with creating or storing unique passphrases. Learn about setting secure passphrases and using password managers.

There are simple ways to improve your cyber security. Learn the basic steps to protect yourself online at cyber.gov.au, the Australian Government's trusted source of cyber security advice, and where you can receive the latest cyber information and advisories.

How the Australian Government is protecting you

The 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy outlines a roadmap for Australia to become a global leader in cyber security by 2030. It aims to improve cyber security, manage cyber risks, and give better cyber security support to citizens and businesses. Learn more about the 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy.

National Cyber Security Coordinator

The Coordinator makes sure Australia is ready to deal with cyber security challenges. They coordinate responses when big cyber problems happen and help Australians, businesses, and important infrastructure boost their online safety. They also ensure the government has the skills and tools to keep your information safe. Get the latest updates from the Cyber Coordinator on Instagram or learn more about the role of the Cyber Coordinator.

Keeping your identity safe online

Your identity is important. Individuals, businesses and government all have a role to play in building resilient and secure identities. You can find guidance on what you should do and where you should go if you become a victim of identity theft. Resources and tools for keeping your identity information safe are available on the ID Match website.

Where to learn more

The Australian Government has a range of resources to help you with all your cyber security questions.​​​

If you face an immediate threat to life or risk of harm call 000.​



Authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra​​.

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