Here's some useful information regarding how MLC Life Insurance protects your online security and some tips on how you can protect yourself.
How we protect you
MLC Life Insurance is committed to protecting our customer's online interactions, ensuring that you can transact online confidently and securely, no matter where you are or what computer you use. Some of the things we do to protect you include:
These are used to verify the identity and authenticity of our websites. To see it, click on the padlock icon on your screen in the address bar.
Our website uses encryption to protect all traffic. This means that everything you do on our website is confidential, from browsing our product brochures to logging in and managing your policies. We stay current with top rated cryptographic algorithms to ensure your traffic is safe.
If you have been inactive for a while, we will automatically log you out, so your account is kept in a safe state. You will need to log in again when you want to continue.
We will proactively lock your account if we see repeated unsuccessful attempts to log in on your account. If you find your account is locked, someone may have been trying to log in as you. If you accidentally locked your account yourself, click the Forgot your Password? link.
What you can do
Here’s some simple things you can do to help stay safe online:
Always type www.mlcinsurance.com.au into your browser
By typing the website address straight into your browser, you minimise the risk of going to a fraudulent website that looks just like the legitimate one.
Use strong passwords
Use a different password for each of your online accounts. Choose strong passwords that are difficult for other people to guess. Don’t share your passwords with anyone.
Your MLC Online password must be between 6 and 12 characters long and contain at least one numeric and one alphanumeric character.
Take care when logged in
Where possible avoid using computers in public places, such as Internet cafes, hotels and airport lounges to log into MLC Online. If you are in a public area, also check that no one is looking over your shoulder when you log in.
Remember to log off
Make sure you log off MLC Online when you’re done to help prevent someone else accessing your account.
MLC Life Insurance strongly recommends that all software on your computer/device is kept up to date to help protect it from malicious software, which may allow unauthorised access to your online accounts or information.
Keep your operating system up to date
Ensure your computer’s operating system is up to date by turning on automatic updates. For more information visit the Microsoft Safety and Security Website or the Apple Product Security Site.
Keep your security software up to date
Free and commercial Anti-Virus software is available for Microsoft Windows computers. All customers are recommended to implement a reputable solution on their Windows device to protect from malicious activity.
Windows 10 has built-in protection with Windows Defender Antivirus. This free anti-virus program gives comprehensive, ongoing and real-time protection for your system, files and online activities from viruses, malware, spyware, and other threats.
Older versions of Windows
If you’re looking to protect a personal computer running an older version of Windows, like Windows 7, you can download Microsoft Security Essentials for free, real-time, comprehensive malware protection that’ll help guard against malicious software.
Special offer for MLC customers:
We have partnered with McAfee to offer MLC customers a free 6 month trial of McAfee’s Internet Security software product. After the trial period you can choose to purchase the product at the subsidised rate of 25% off the normal retail price.
McAfee Internet Security
Comprehensive, award-winning security for your PC and MAC to bank, shop and surf online.
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- Block spam and dangerous email
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No protection software will completely guarantee against unauthorised access or virus contamination, but it may increase the security of your computer systems.
This special offer for security software is not an endorsement from MLC. Reference to a vendor's product is intended for explicit description only. Using the link will take you to a website external to MLC. MLC does not receive commission from the sale of any software.
Things to look out for
Phishing emails are fraudulent emails that pretend to be from MLC or other legitimate businesses to attempt to trick you into providing information such as your MLC log in details, date of birth, credit card information or other personal details.
MLC will never send you an email asking for your password, or with a link asking you to log in to MLC Online.
If you receive a suspicious email, do not click on any links or attachments, or provide any information.
You can report suspicious MLC-branded emails by forwarding them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Where possible, please send the suspicious email as an attachment on a new email.
If you receive a suspicious email not related to MLC, you can report it to the Australian Cyber Security Centre at https://www.cyber.gov.au/report.
Identity theft occurs when a malicious party uses your identity details to purchase products or obtain loans, where they are the beneficiary of this fraudulent activity. This is why you need to be careful about who you disclose your personal details to.
If you receive a phone call from someone requesting personal or banking information, hang up and call the company back on a publicly listed number. There are many scams used to try to get you to reveal personal information. For more information, visit the ACCC Scamwatch site at https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/.
You can also protect yourself by securing your letterbox to help prevent letter mail being stolen. Ensure documents containing personal information are shredded before you dispose of them.
Other useful information
Australian Government | Stay Smart Online
Stay Smart Online provides topical, relevant and timely information on how home internet users and small businesses can protect themselves from, and reduce the risk of, cyber security threats such as software vulnerabilities, online scams, malicious activities, and risky online behaviours.
Australian Government | Australian Cyber Security Centre
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) brings cyber security capabilities from across the Australian Government together into a single location. It is the hub for private and public sector collaboration and information-sharing to combat cyber security threats.
To report a cyber security incident, go to https://www.cyber.gov.au/report
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission | Scamwatch
Scamwatch provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams using publications, videos and other online resources.
Australian Government | Office of the eSafety Commissioner
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner provides online safety education for Australian children and young people, a complaints service for young Australians who experience serious cyberbullying, and address illegal online content.
Australian Government | Attorney-General’s Department
The Attorney-General’s Department website provides helpful information and resources about your rights and protections in regards to identity security, freedom of information and cyber security. The Department has developed a range of resources to assist people protect their identity and recover from the effects of identity crime.