5 New Year's Resolutions for Better Cybersecurity in 2024

December 14, 2023 | Posted by: Serena George


The New Year beckons, a fresh start promising new beginnings and, hopefully, improved online security! With cyber threats evolving faster than ever, it’s time to ditch those risky habits and commit to building a more secure digital life. So, raise a (digitally-encrypted) glass and set these five resolutions for a cyber-safe 2024:

1. Passphrase Power-Up: Ditch the weak “123456”s and “pet’s names” that haunt password lists. Instead, craft strong, unique passphrases (think memorable sentences with upper/lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols) for each account. Utilize a password manager like LastPass to store and secure them effortlessly.

2. MFA Mania: Make multi-factor authentication (MFA) your BFF. This extra layer of protection adds a second step to logins, like a code sent to your phone, making it far harder for hackers to crack. Enable MFA on all your important accounts, from email and banking to social media and shopping sites.

3. Phishing Phobia: Don’t click on suspicious links or download attachments from unknown senders. These are classic phishing tactics that lure you into revealing personal information or infecting your device with malware. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

4. Update Obsession: Software updates aren’t just annoying notifications; they often patch critical security vulnerabilities. Make it a habit to regularly update your operating system, apps, and firmware for all your devices. Bonus points for setting them to auto-update!

5. Backup Blitz: Losing data to a cyberattack or hardware failure is a digital nightmare. Regularly back up your important files (documents, photos, etc.) to a secure cloud storage service like Innopplinc. Trust us, your future self will thank you when disaster strikes.

Remember, cybersecurity is a marathon, not a sprint. Sticking to these resolutions might not be easy, but it’s a worthwhile investment in a safer and more secure online experience. So, let’s make 2024 the year we raise the bar on digital defense!

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