Protecting your Privacy

Fund updates | | 2 min read

 

The recent Optus data breach has highlighted the importance of online security.  

We want to assure all our members that there has been no impact on our systems or any personal information.   

Keeping member data safe is a top priority, and we have a range of security measures in place. This includes strict data handling protocols.   

If you do have any concerns about your personal data or member account, you can call us directly on 1800 682 626 or leave a message online via our contact page.  

If you have a specific concern relating to your data and the Optus breach, we can place a payment flag on your account. It’s an added precaution that means you need to personally approve any payments before we release the funds from your account. This is something you can discuss with our team on 1800 682 626. 

How to protect yourself  

One of the best ways to protect your personal information is to remain vigilant for unusual online activity and avoid engaging with suspicious emails, text messages or calls.   

We require all members who call us to identify themselves before we can discuss their accounts. This helps to protect your data integrity and ensures no one else has access to your details.  

More generally, you can protect your personal information with the following tips:    

  • Use multi-factor authentication when and where possible (this is an additional layer of security that uses a combination of information to prove your identify – for example a standard username and password, plus a code sent to your mobile phone or email). 
     
  • Use strong passwords, avoid using the same password for multiple sites, and consider a password management software. Strong passwords contain a mix of letters, numbers and symbols and will usually be eight characters or longer.  
     
  • Be wary of unexpected communications. If something doesn’t look or sound quite right proceed with caution. If in doubt, contact the organisation directly via one of their official channels, (i.e., not by clicking on any links in the unexpected email or text you’ve received).  
     
  • Keep your devices secure by installing software updates when they become available. 
     
  • Never provide your personal details in response to communications you weren’t expecting. That includes calls, emails or SMS.   

What to do if you’re not sure   

  • If you receive an email claiming to be from Equip but it looks suspicious, notify us and delete the email. You can contact us directly on 1800 682 626 to check about any communications we have sent to members. Never provide any personal information. 
     
  • If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Equip but have concerns about whether the call is legitimate, you can ask for the person's name then call us back on 1800 682 626 to verify the caller.  
     
  • We will never ask you to provide personal information via social media or SMS. If you receive such a message, you should delete it and contact us directly.  

We treat member data with strict confidence at Equip. For additional information please refer to our Privacy Policy

Additional resources are available via the following sites: 

ACCC / SCAMwatch 
Moneysmart’s super scams 
Australian Cyber Security Centre’s page on how to protect yourself online 
IDCARE for identity support services


Issued by Togethr Trustees Pty Ltd ABN 64 006 964 049, AFSL 246383 ("Togethr"), the trustee of the Equipsuper Superannuation Fund ABN 33 813 823 017 ("the Fund"). The information contained herein is general information only and does not take into account your personal financial situation or needs. You should consider whether this information is appropriate to your personal circumstances before acting on it and, if necessary, you should also seek professional financial advice tailored to your personal circumstances. Where tax information is included, you should consider obtaining personal taxation advice. Before making a decision to invest in the Equipsuper Superannuation Fund, you should read the appropriate Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Target Market Determination for the product which are available at equipsuper.com.au.  Financial advice services may be provided to members by the trustee’s related entity Togethr Financial Planning Pty Ltd (ABN 84 124 491 078; AFSL 455010). *Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

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