Whether you believe in New Year’s resolutions or not, January is a great time to turf out the old and welcome the new, initiate new routines and change the way you do things.

Now is a great time to look back on 2018 and what happened in the world of cybersecurity and see what measures we can put in place for this year to ensure we continue to be resilient to cyber threats.

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1. Update your key account passwords for email, social media, and banking.

It is recommended that you make use of a passphrase, more of a short sentence with some symbols and numbers. The easiest way to construct a passphrase is to think of your favourite song or joke. For example WeWill,WeWill,RockYou!Em@1l OR KnockKnock,Who’sThere?Soci@l

2. Review your privacy settings on Social Media sites.

We know Facebook has gotten into a bit of trouble for security breaches recently. So we recommend removing all third-party apps using your Facebook as the login mechanism (go to settings > Apps and Websites > remove these). If you have too much in depth information visible to strangers, this could be used against you in a hacking attempt or phishing attack. Revisit your privacy settings and make sure only friends can see your information and limit the amount of information you share.

3. Make sure you have run all your software updates

Make sure you have run all your software updates and that you allow software updates from your organisation to run on your work devices. Software updates get rid of nasty bugs and known exploits, or flaws, in your software which criminals can use to gain access to your system. Fixing those exploits and flaws can make it less likely that you’ll become a cybercrime target.

4. Strengthen your home network.

Our homes are more connected than they have ever been. Each individual device needs to be secure. Change the default username of your Wifi router as well as the preset password, this is something that is easily missed and is the optimal gateway into your home for any cybercriminal.

5. Talk to your children about internet security.

As soon as your young ones can access the net, it is important to educate them about online threats. From stranger danger to cyberbullying, creating strong and unique passwords, explaining the dangers of clicking on strange links or downloading pirated or unverified software or files.

We have created an Epic Cyber Hero Handbook for children, please get in touch if you would like the download: info@popcorntraining.com.