Identity fraud survey: Find out if you are protected

By | October 15th, 2013|Identity Theft, Industry News|

It’s Identity Fraud Awareness Week 2013 this week running October 13 to October 19. Identity fraud can leave your credit [...]

How will open credit scores impact Australians?

By | October 3rd, 2013|Broker, Consumer, Industry News|

Credit reporting agency Veda Advantage has just announced it will allow consumers to receive a copy of their credit score [...]

Slap on the wrist for Telstra under TCP Code

By | September 26th, 2013|Industry News|

Telstra customers were overcharged over $30 million on global roaming charges between 2006 and 2012 – and under the new [...]

‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ For Childhood Cancer: Illness and Your Credit File

By | September 19th, 2013|Consumer, Industry News|

Aaargh me hearties! MyCRA be helpin' to raise money and awareness of issues around childhood cancer support through ‘Talk Like [...]

Two Australians arrested for ID Theft

By | September 17th, 2013|Identity Theft|

Australian Federal Police announced late last week they had arrested two men producing fake identity material and committing credit card [...]

Credit survey shows mobile bill a priority at expense of mortgage

By | September 10th, 2013|Broker, Consumer, Industry News, Make Credit Work For You|

A NewsPoll survey sponsored by credit reporting agency, Dun & Bradstreet has found that financially strapped consumers would forego paying [...]

‘TAX REFUND NOTIFICATION’ Don’t get caught out with this scam at tax time.

By | September 3rd, 2013|Identity Theft|

A high priority alert has just been issued from Stay Smart Online in regards to malware-carrying emails supposedly from the [...]

Telcos to step up spend management awareness under TCP Code

By | August 29th, 2013|Industry News|

BILL SHOCK! We’ve discussed it frequently. We hear about it frequently as credit repairers. Next month, the Australian Communications and [...]

Children targeted for clean credit history

By | August 27th, 2013|Identity Theft|

An interesting story just out of the United States on ID theft attempts on the credit files of children. Whilst [...]

Google Chrome doesn’t secure stored passwords

By | August 20th, 2013|Identity Theft|

Stay Smart Online (SSO) has issued an urgent warning to Google Chrome users who save their passwords to their browser. [...]

How To Make Your CREDIT CARD work for you

By | August 13th, 2013|Consumer, Industry News, Make Credit Work For You|

In this week’s ‘Make Credit Work For You’ post we look at credit cards. Do you currently have a credit [...]

Interest rates cut to record lows at 2.5%

By | August 6th, 2013|Broker, Consumer, Industry News|

The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut its cash rate to a low 2.5% - lower than during the GFC. [...]

Are Telcos really behaving themselves under new TCP code?

By | August 1st, 2013|Broker, Consumer, Industry News|

Remember the Telecommunications Consumer Protection (TCP) Code? It was put in place in September last year after a swarm of [...]

Have Bad Credit? A bad credit loan is not your only option.

By | July 23rd, 2013|Broker, Consumer, Industry News, Make Credit Work For You|

For someone who is locked out of mainstream credit because of their credit rating, their finance options become limited. But [...]

Phishing email alert

By | July 23rd, 2013|Broker, Consumer, Identity Theft|

Stay Smart Online recently issued an alert about a number of new phishing emails carrying malware which have been identified [...]

Payday lending: why it’s all about to change

By | July 9th, 2013|Broker, Consumer, Industry News|

The number of payday lenders is about to shrink due to new regulations, according to  Paid International (formerly First Stop [...]

Your Credit Rating – How to Get a Free Credit Check and What to Do if Your Credit Report Comes Back with Defaults

By | July 4th, 2013|Broker, Consumer, Industry News, Make Credit Work For You|

We recently read a comprehensive article on getting a free copy of your credit report written by Alex Wilson over [...]

Help to reduce your risk of identity theft

By | June 27th, 2013|Identity Theft, Industry News|

“Identity is one of our most valuable assets – if it is stolen, the stress and financial costs can last [...]

Watchdog criticised over lack of prosecutions for fraudsters and identity thieves

By | June 18th, 2013|Identity Theft|

People are starting to get angry over scams and identity theft. As anyone with a computer, a telephone or who [...]

Update on mandatory data breach notification laws

By | June 18th, 2013|Identity Theft, Industry News|

The long-awaited amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 making reporting of serious data breaches mandatory, has been passed in the [...]

Banks encouraged to lift their standards around guarantor education.

By | June 11th, 2013|Broker, Consumer, Industry News|

Guaranteed loans – they’ve become more prevalent as house prices rise, and as access to business credit changes – but this type [...]

Gamers: cheating could cost you your credit rating

By | June 6th, 2013|Identity Theft, Industry News|

If you or someone in your family is a gamer, then you would be familiar with hacks. Hacks and cheats [...]

Struggling to pay your mortgage or loan? Your bank says they want to help.

By | June 4th, 2013|Industry News, Make Credit Work For You|

It may be a foreign concept to some people to turn to their bank when they are experiencing financial difficulty, [...]

Mandatory data breach notification Bill before Parliament

By | May 30th, 2013|Identity Theft, Industry News|

The Attorney-General has put before Parliament a mandatory data breach notification bill, which will require businesses and government agencies to [...]

Westpac customers warned: don’t be fooled by scam emails

By | May 30th, 2013|Identity Theft, Industry News|

BE CAUTIOUS WITH EMAILS FROM BANKS –EVEN YOURS. You may have received a “Security Upgrade” email from Westpac recently. If [...]

Cyber-security to protect your financial identity.

By | May 23rd, 2013|Identity Theft|

How can what you do online impact your ability to obtain credit? Understand the risks and protect your credit rating. [...]

Use a budget to take advantage of low interest rates

By | May 9th, 2013|Consumer, Industry News, Make Credit Work For You|

If you didn’t already know, interest rates are now at their all-time lowest at a reserve rate of 2.75 per [...]

Privacy Law Reform To-Do List: Privacy Awareness Week 2013

By | May 3rd, 2013|Broker, Consumer, Industry News, Make Credit Work For You, Privacy Commissioner|

In our last post for Privacy Awareness Week 2013, we set out some actions you can take now for your [...]

Privacy Law reform – protecting your personal information and your credit file: Privacy Awareness Week 2013

By | May 2nd, 2013|Broker, Consumer, Identity Theft, Industry News, Privacy Commissioner|

Identity theft is an ever-growing threat to Australians and the commodity which is traded, sought after and misused for criminal [...]

Information Security – Is Your Business Ready for Privacy Law Reform? Privacy Awareness Week 2013

By | May 1st, 2013|Industry News|

Do you have a plan to walk your business through privacy law reforms? The Office of the Information Commissioner (OAIC) [...]