Cybersecurity Resolutions for 2019

01/18/2019

Did you make a New Years resolution? Consider these Cybersecurity Resolutions for 2019.

Resolution 1: Change your password. Have you had the same password for your online sites that hold sensitive information such as your online bank account or your social media account since you established the account? Now may be a good time to change the password to something new and complex. 

Resolution 2: Look at your social media settings. Most of us use social media sites on a regular basis either on our computer or mobile phone. Now may be a good time to look at your Social Media settings namely the Security and Privacy settings within the Social Media sites.

Resolution 3: Look at your stale accounts. Do you have accounts online that you hardly use or have only used once? Now may be a good time to review these stale accounts and close them. The same goes for your email subscriptions. If you subscribed to a newsletter that you no longer use, this is a good time to unsubscribe.

Resolution 4: Back up your important files and folders. There was a rise in ransomware attacks in 2018 and backing up your drives, files and folders is more important than ever. You don’t want to lose your important files and folders so spend some time to back up your critical files. Back them up to an external device or a cloud storage service.

Resolution 5: Update your software. When was the last time you updated the software on your laptop or your mobile phone? Software updates help protect against software bugs and other known threats.

Resolution 6: Invest in a good password manager tool. Password manager tools provide a repository for all your passwords and helps prevent the risk of you writing your password down and someone finding it. It also saves you the headache of remembering your password to various sites.

 Resolution 7: Be careful of not making sales transactions on public WIFI and try to use credit cards instead of debit cards when making purchases online.

Resolution 8: Be careful when responding to emails and phone calls that ask for information such as SSN, bank account information, or other personal details.

Resolution 9: Remain vigilant. Bad guys are always trying to find ways to gain access to your information. Always remain vigilant before clicking on a link, attachment or an email.