This is a set of five advice cards to help people keep their information safe. We hope these cards will be helpful for people of all ages in our communities.
This page contains the cards in both Word and jpeg format; cartoons that New Zealand community organisations and seniors organisations can use for free (all others should check with the cartoonist, Chris Slane, for licence arrangements); and also links to stories that may be useful for discussions on radio, at meetings or in newsletters
You are welcome to reprint any of the text or use it in any way you want. There is no charge - all we ask is that you acknowledge us as the original author, and that you don't claim that we endorse you or how you are using the material.
The advice material
You can reproduce the text but there is a special licence agreement for the cartoons.
Here are the cards in Word format so you can easily cut and paste from them:
If you would like the cards in high resolution jpeg format, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the cards in low resolution jpeg format. These files are easier to download.
Here are the cartoons:
Here are some stories that you may find useful for radio programmes, newsletters or discussions at meetings.
Why did we produce these cards?
In April 2011, with the help of the Office for Senior Citizens, we met with a focus group of people who work with and for senior citizens. The focus group told us that these five topics were the things that most concerned older people, and what tips might best help those people. They also told us what forms of guidance material would be most useful.
Although we produced this advice with older people particularly in mind, the tips are relevant to people of all ages in our communities.
Many thanks to our partners at Neighbourhood Support and the Office for Senior Citizens for helping us to produce this material.
How do I get copies of the printed cards?
Many community organisations - such as Neighbourhood Support, Age Concern, Grey Power, Senior Net and Citizens Advice Bureaux - will have stocks of the cards. You can also order them directly from us.
Spread the word!
If you know of other organisations who might like our new guidance material, please let them know. And we'd love to hear from you about whether you find the cards useful.
Some extra resources
View the media release: 'Seniors at risk in digital age'.
The new Identity Theft Checklist includes information on what you can do to protect yourself from identity theft, and also information on what to do should it happen to you. There are also some real-life examples of how identity theft has affected individuals. The Checklist is a cross-government initiative and is part of a suite of guidance material to prevent identity crime and raise awareness of the issue.
Check out IDCare, Australia and New Zealand's identity support and advisory service. IDCare staff provide professional, free and anonymous support to members of the community who believe their personal information has been put at risk in any way (online, digital or physical).
Check out NetSafe. Netsafe is an independent non-profit, New Zealand-based organisation with an unrelenting focus on online safety and security. Its purpose is to enable all New Zealand internet users to confidently access digital opportunities and prevent online harm.
Check out the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's advice on scams.