January is a traditionally a time for new beginnings so why not take a look at your online safety behaviours too? These five resolutions are simple to do and easy to keep no matter who you are so get a ‘FRESH’ start to 2017 now!

Future proof – update everything: Over time security loop-holes can be found in operating systems and the software that runs on them. These holes need closing to keep your system and personal information safe. Here’s why:

  • The newest version of any operating system is generally the safest and best one to use as it incorporates security patches provided by the company – and it can increase the safety of older equipment
  • Every piece of software installed also needs updating to close known security holes. By updating your software it helps you to avoid falling victim to infected websites
  • New threats are always being identified, so, where possible, set your systems and software to automatically update in future

Review the amount of personal information you share online: Once you send an image or post information online, you lose total control of where it ends up or how it is shared. Check out our advice on how to improve your online privacy now.

Exercise caution opening emails and attachments from unknown sources: Scams succeed because they look like the real thing and catch you off guard when you’re not expecting it.

Start changing all your account passwords regularly: A strong password helps protect your information from your banking details to your email to your favourite online shopping sites which is why it’s important to change it. Find out more about good passwords now.

Have a data backup routine and stick to it: Hard disks fail, viruses, stolen devices or a natural disaster may see you lose your photos, business information or important data which is why it’s important to backup your data regularly. The best way to back up your data is to:

  • Plan for the worst case scenario – no matter how unlikely that may seem
  • Regularly backup your data and consider keeping multiple copies made over time
  • Encrypt or password protect your backups to ensure privacy
  • Store your backups ‘offsite’ or in different locations to spread the risk
  • Restore some data occasionally to ensure your backups work