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[Media Release - OPM]Cook Islanders urged to Cyber Up for the International Cyber Security Awareness

18 October 2021


Government is urging Cook Islanders to “Cyber Up” to help defend against the growing threat of cyber attacks. There are simple things that can be done to avoid cyber attacks:

1. UPSIZE your passwords Use long and strong passwords that will make it difficult for hackers to crack. Create a passphrase containing a string of four or more words and ensure to apply different passwords for different accounts (email, bank login, social media)

2. UPGRADE to two-factor authentication Two-factor authentication (2FA) require two forms of identification in order to access an account. It provides an added layer of security to just a username and password. Upgrade the security of your accounts by turning on the 2FA feature where possible.

3. UPHOLD your privacy Take control of your information and personal information you share online. Always check that requests for personal information are legitimate before you share your details. If you’re not sure, DO NOT provide the information.

4. UPDATE your devices and apps Keep your apps and devices free of bugs and viruses by updating regularly. Updating adds new features and fix security risks to stop attackers from gaining access to your device and information.

The Pacific Cyber Security Operational Network (PaCSON) is supporting Government with the Cyber Smart Pacific campaign and Vodafone Cook Islands is providing sponsorship. For further information, visit www.pmoffice.gov.ck, www.getsafeonline.org.ck, and facebook.com@pmoffice.gov.ck

For reporting incidences of an attack, call 29-182, email report@cifiu.gov.ck or pmoffice@cookislands.gov.ck