Are you smart enough to live in a smart world?

We live in a world where everything is at our fingertips. Literally. From our smart phones and smart watches, we have the ability to control our entire lives - from knowing how much milk you have in your fridge to unlocking your front door while you're at work. Smart technology is turning everyday objects, [...]

By |2018-07-12T11:24:04+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

Updated: Image-Based Abuse handout

We just updated our handout on image-based abuse. This update includes more information about the Office of the eSafety Commissioner’s Image-Based Abuse Online Portal. In Australia, image-based abuse is the sharing of (or threat to share) intimate images without the consent of the person in that image. Many states in Australia have legislation that makes [...]

By |2018-02-23T15:54:59+00:00February 27th, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Securing your home Wi-Fi network

The first thing people ask when they visit is: “What’s the Wi-Fi password?” Home Wi-Fi is no longer a luxury but almost a necessity for many households. So many home devices: computer, laptop, smartphones, tablets, smart TV, printer, home cameras, and for some households, even lightbulbs and refrigerator connect to the internet! In this [...]

By |2018-02-16T13:16:20+00:00February 16th, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

Tips for a secure email

An email address is essential for most transactions these days, from activating a mobile smartphone, to making online purchases, to setting up an online account. An email address is more than just another method for someone to contact you. Your email account may contain sensitive and important communication and is often connected to important [...]

By |2018-01-29T13:05:50+00:00January 29th, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , , |

Emergency safety apps: which one is right for me? Part III

How to choose an emergency safety apps and incorporate it into a safety plan With so many different apps, and the fact that some of them duplicate what you can already do with your phone, how do you decide if you need an app, and if so, which one to choose? Below are more [...]

By |2018-01-12T10:09:00+00:00January 12th, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , , |

Emergency safety apps: which one is right for me? Part II

Apps that notify emergency responders How it works Another type of emergency safety app will notify a call centre, who will then contact 000 on your behalf if you have an emergency. Often called ‘personal safety alarms,’ these services can come as a mobile app, an app that you download onto a smartphone, or [...]

By |2018-01-12T10:31:54+00:00January 12th, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , , |

Emergency safety apps: which one is right for me? Part I

There are many emergency safety apps for smartphones and wearable devices (sometimes also called personal safety alarms) available for victims of abuse. They generally fall into two categories: (1) services that notify a select group of individuals that you have an emergency, and (2) services that notify emergency responders that you need help. Because [...]

By |2018-01-12T10:27:55+00:00January 12th, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , , |

New Uber Safety Guide Launched

WESNET is pleased to collaborate with Uber on a new Australian version of the Uber Safety Guide. The guide was launched by Uber's Head of Safety Communications, Asia Pacific, Jasmeet Kaur at WESNET's 2nd Annual Technology Safety Summit that was held in Melbourne on 26-27 October 2017 in Melbourne. The Uber Safety Guide provides information [...]

By |2017-11-24T17:14:01+00:00October 30th, 2017|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , , |

Should I use public Wi-Fi?

With most people carrying around smart devices, whether it’s a smartphone or tablet, having access to Wi-Fi is almost a necessity. And if your device’s mobile or data plan isn’t generous, coming upon public Wi-Fi while you’re out and about can be a life-saver. But just how risky is using public Wi-Fi? Should I [...]

By |2017-10-23T12:04:46+00:00October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , , |

You’ve got mail: privacy & safety tips

Many workers use email to communicate information to and about survivors. However, email is not a secure form of communication. In addition to the fact that email is not secure, it’s easy for emails to be forwarded, accidentally sent to the wrong person, or be downloaded onto many devices. There are many ways someone [...]

By |2017-07-14T09:32:15+00:00July 14th, 2017|Categories: Agency's Use of Tech|Tags: , , , |