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5 Resolutions to Secure your Data in the New Year

5 Resolutions to Secure your Data in the New Year


Cybersecurity breaches and data leaks are only expected to worsen in 2018. The turn of a new year is as good of time as any to refresh and renew your commitment to protect your data. You’ll need to stay abreast of cybersecurity buzzwords like spamming, phishing, biometric hacking. As more and different kinds of cybersecurity threats are reported daily, it can feel overwhelming to keep up with protection strategies. Individuals also own more and more devices, which only multiplies the need to refresh and recharge data protection efforts. Here are 5 resolutions that you can start today to better protect your data:

1) Only use safe(er) Wi-Fi networks. Don’t allow the convenience of a free and unsecured public Wi-Fi network to jeopardize your online safety. Wireless sniffers are increasingly used to steal passwords or capture data from devices connected to compromised networks. If you must use a public Wi-Fi network, ensure that you’re protected by both a firewall and VPN.

2) Set up a password manager. A surprisingly large number of people still use passwords that are entirely too easy to guess. As a growing number of accounts and passwords are required, it’s become impossible to remember complex and unique passwords. Instead of decreasing the complexity, use a password manager to centralize your data, create unique passwords, and enter them on multiple websites. There’s a risk to everything related to cybersecurity and password managers are no exception. Password managers aren’t perfect but they offer advantages to trying to manage/memorize countless unique passwords on your own.

3) Update more than software. Most people know that software updates offer critical, timely protection from cyberattacks. There are other updates that should be done regularly. Review your privacy settings from Google, your browser of choice, and social media websites. Privacy options and even your personal preferences may have changed. Use the start of the year to find the right balance of privacy, protection, and transparency for you.

4) Automate your backup process. A single backup whenever you happen to remember isn’t a comprehensive plan to protect your data. In fact, your backup needs a backup. Take the need to remember to backup your data out of the equation. Initiate a regular backup routine that repeats at set intervals so that you’re never left with unprotected data.

5) Remember messaging apps. We sometimes focus efforts to improve cybersecurity on more formal, obvious modalities, like e-mail and documents. Messaging apps often quickly accumulate a significant amount of personal information. Delete conversations periodically and select apps that are encrypted from end-to-end.

Most of these resolutions can be completed in only a few minutes. Don’t delay. Now’s your chance to get a jump start on a more secure 2018.

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