Increasing your safety online

Protecting your computer

Using this website

The ABS currently utilises secure HTTPS web connections where it requires customers to include personal or identifiable information. This includes our contact forms and survey account forms. As part of its transformation program, the ABS is currently moving the remainder of its website from HTTP to encrypted HTTPS website connections. This will provide our customers with a more secure experience. The current time frame for the website migration to be completed is October 2018. In the meantime, customers can continue to enjoy the wealth of data and information provided by the ABS, secure in the knowledge that any personal information is protected using HTTPS connections.

ABS recommends that you:

  • Install and activate security software on your computer
  • Ensure your security software includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall and anti-spam filter
  • Run regular scans of your computer for viruses
  • Remember to update your security software to ensure you are always running the current version.

Other steps ABS recommends to help protect your computer include:
  • Check your Internet browser's security settings for ways to make your browsing more secure
  • Do not open email attachments if you do not know the sender
  • Only download files from reputable Internet sites
  • Be wary when exchanging files with colleagues or friends
  • Never click on hyperlinks in emails received from unknown sources.

Protecting your password


ABS recommends that you:
  • Never share your password with anyone
  • Never send your password via email
  • Make your password as strong as possible.

Contact us


You should report any suspicious or unauthorised activity relating to your use of abs.gov.au by contacting us. This will help us make abs.gov.au as secure as we can.

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