When Dec. 31 rolls around, many of us think about getting fit, saving more money and promising to take time to enjoy life. As the world becomes more and more connected, we should also commit to take action to stay safer and more secure online and protect our personal data. Ring in the New Year right and get your online life in better shape by following these tried and true tips:
- Lock down your login: Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. In 2017, pledge to fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as security keys or two-factor authentication.
- Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it: Just as you promise to keep a keen eye on your finances in this coming year, do the same with your personal information. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it's collected by apps and websites.
- Own your online presence: Before the countdown to midnight begins, set the privacy and security settings on websites and apps to your comfort level for information sharing. It's OK to limit how and with whom you share information.
- Maintain the cybersecurity of your Internet of Things (IoT) devices: Connected devices like video cameras, wearables and fitness trackers are becoming extremely popular. In order to function properly, they collect personal data about their users. It is critical to make sure that the devices connect to a secure router and you understand the process for keeping these IoT devices secure over time.
- Do a digital cleanse: A good, thorough cleaning always helps to get the New Year off to a fresh start. Tend to your digital records, PCs, phones and any device with storage just as you do for paper files.