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The ATO is supporting Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2014, 4 -10 May.

YOUR IDENTITY IS IMPORTANT – PROTECT IT!

Confident your personal information is secure?

John Becker, Chief Information Security Officer at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), says Privacy Awareness Week is a reminder to everyone to keep identity and other important personal information secure.

“Don’t allow your Tax File Number (TFN) and other crucial information to be easy pickings for identity thieves. So keep your TFN secure and don’t put it into your mobile phone or keep it written down in your wallet or purse.

“Those are the first places identity thieves target. They can make your life a misery, running up huge bills or committing tax or other fraud, leaving you to pick up the pieces.

“I would also stress that the ATO will never contact you to ask you to confirm your TFN, ABN, bank account or other financial or personal details.”

“For our key tips on identity crime, including protecting your Tax File Number (TFN) visit our site Protect your TFN and read Watch out for scams – protect yourself.

Also you can do the ID theft test ID theft tool to check how at risk you are.

  • and if something seems too goof to be true, it is

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  • So many steps to take to protect your privacy, I can’t keep up! If I always changed my passwords, no way would I remember them. It’s hard enough now without always updating them. What a pity the world is so corrupt now, makes life tougher for us honest people

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  • Good knowledge to know! Thanks for sharing this!

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  • Great advice to keep this information separate from your wallet.

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  • Yes, privacy is very important – safe guard your kids’ privacy too.

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  • Great article, so many scams going around these days, people really should be double cautious before providing personal information.

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  • I did not know about privacy week. What an eye opener.

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  • Such an important topic privacy and identity.

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  • With more and more things requiring you to enter your details online it’s hard to not worry about privacy and how safe your details are.

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  • a good reminder. we all need one time to time. thanks

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  • This should be understood by children. This is what we need to teach our children.

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  • this is something Im sharing with my kids

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  • Thanks for an interesting read

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  • Sensible and important tips to follow

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  • this is a good reminder in life

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