There’s no denying the internet is a big part of our daily lives with more and more activities and processes being made available online.

In addition to watching YouTube videos, streaming music and catching up on favourite TV shows, 90% of us have used the internet for online banking and 70% of us have shopped online in the past six months according to the 2015 Telstra CyberSafety Report.

With so much information exchanged on a daily basis, it’s only natural that there is an increasing interest in protecting ourselves and our devices in the home from online nasties.

The Telstra research also revealed that 85% of Australians are particularly concerned about their children’s safety online, and feel particularly uneasy about viruses and malicious software which may infect their devices. In fact, one of the most common reasons our customers call us is to get help with removing viruses from their home devices.

At Telstra, we take cyber security very seriously, which is why I’m pleased to announce that hot on the heels of our Telstra Mobile Protect launch earlier this year, we’ve created a new tool to help you and your family be safer online, on any device connected to your Telstra home broadband service.

It’s called Telstra Broadband Protect and it can be added at no additional cost for customers taking up one of our great value new bundles, including on the NBN, or can also be purchased for just $9.95 per month.

Telstra Broadband Protect helps offer you peace of mind in four ways:

Network Protection
Help protect every device connected to the internet on your Telstra home broadband service from websites hosting known viruses, malicious content and scams which might try to steal or use your personal information.

Parental Controls and Homework Time
With one simple setting, you can help protect your family from sites and content you consider inappropriate when they are connected to your Telstra home broadband service (including visitors using your home Wi-Fi on their own devices).

You can also set internet access times to help manage when kids can go online in the home, and use the Homework Time feature to restrict access to sites classified as social networking and online gaming while they study, or while they should be sleeping.

Social Network Protection
The software allows parents to help manage their children’s social networking activity. Parents can choose to receive notifications when their child connects with new ‘friends’, sees or posts images. Parents can also select to view other posts on their child’s social network accounts to help make sure everyone is playing nice. They can also choose to see what videos are being looked at on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to be on top of age-appropriate content.

Device Protection
In addition to helping to protect against new threats when connected to your Telstra home broadband service, you can also choose to install Anti-Virus Plus Security on up to six compatible computers and coming soon to Android devices. This helps keep them free from known viruses, spyware and other threats both in and outside the home, especially if you share files on external drives.

You can also help protect your personal and financial data when shopping and banking online with Safe Browser for up to 6 of your Windows PCs. And as always, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with opening unknown attachments or clicking on links in emails to visit unsafe websites.

Things you need to know
Some features are not available when connected to a Telstra Air® hotspot or the Telstra 3G/4G mobile network.