Technology

Airbnb moves to help hosts and guests stay safe while online

In response to the growing threat of cybercrime, Airbnb has partnered with the Centre for Internet Safety to help hosts and guests stay safe while online.

As part of the partnership, the Centre for Internet Safety will produce a report on internet safety and the travel industry, as well as new fact sheets for hosts and guests with helpful advice.

Airbnb’s country manager for Australia Sam McDonagh, said with Australians more connected than ever providing guests with safe, secure internet was increasingly important of being a good host.

“The safety of our community, both online and offline, is our foremost priority. We want to ensure our community has the know-how needed to help keep themselves and their guests stay while online,” he said.

“This landmark new partnership with the Centre for Internet Safety will help further protect our local community while online from problems like fraud or identity theft.”

Nigel Phair, managing director at the Centre for Internet Safety, said the partnership was a significant milestone in protecting guests, hosts and Australia’s​ ​$143 billion​ tourism industry.

“More than any other economic activity, the success of Australia as a leading global tourism destination depends on being able to provide a safe and secure environment for visitors​,​” he said.

“Our partnership with Airbnb will also provide the wider travel industry with internet safety best-practice to ensure travellers and accommodation providers are protected against cybercrime.”

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