Ella Fisher June 12, 2012
Ruby Rose has been ripped off a couple of times with her credit card. She hopes to rectify the problem at cyber security week. Photo: Jacky Ghossein
TV presenter Ruby Rose - at least twice a victim of credit card fraud - is using a cyber security summit this week to help protect her details.
And if Paypal has its way, it will be via the use of facial or voice recognition.
Rose says she’ll be tapping into expert advice after being ripped off in 2009 by a person who bought more than $700 worth of fast food.
More recently, someone used her credit card details to buy a boat in Arizona.Rose is one of the faces of a Canberra-based cyber security awareness summit and has a key interest in cyber-bullying.
But in private discussions at a press conference urging Australians to safeguard their smartphones from cybercrime, she told canberratimes.com.au how her credit card was used at a boatshow in Arizona.
‘‘I need to be more careful buying things online as someone used my details to buy a boat,’’ Ruby Rose said.
As far as she knows, somebody has a new boat. But Rose was reimbursed her lost funds.
This week, she has access to experts at National Cyber Security Awareness Week to ask how to keep information more secure.
At the launch, Telstra Chief Information Security Officer Glen Chisholm said Australians should consider their mobile phone as ‘‘a small convenient computer’’ and afford it the same security measures as their home computer.
Recent Paypal research indicates that one in six smartphone users have lost, misplaced or had their phone stolen last year, but only 30 per cent remotely wiped their data and 43 per cent changed their online password.
Mr Chisholm recommends using passwords for smart phones and password vaults for home computers that generate and store individual passwords for different online accounts.
A good password is unique, and combines numbers and symbols. They should be changed regularly, he said.
Paypal director of mobile security and risk Prashanth Ranganathan said people should only transact with reputable mobile sites and applications.
But Paypal also believes passwords will soon be redundant.
‘‘We are moving away from passwords at Paypal and researching face and voice prints,’’ Mr Ranganathan said.
Paypal is currently trialing biometric technology for mobile devices and plans to have it in production by the end of this year.
Mr Ranganathan said passwords will still be used as a first step. Face or vocal recognition would be used to verify purchases which seemed out of character, he said.