At the beginning of each year, most of us have good intentions to make this one better, and the idea of making a New Year’s Resolution is often top on our list. But this year in 2023, there is another resolution you should be making- becoming digitally safe. As technology evolves, so do the threats, and it can be challenging to stay on top of all the tips and tricks required to ensure you stay safe online. So, that’s why we want to help you make 2023 your safest digital year yet with our simple resolutions!

1. Stronger Accounts

Creating strong passwords is essential for protecting your accounts from cybercriminals. Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols in order to create a password that is difficult to guess. You should enable two-factor authentication, which requires an additional security code or key when logging in from a new device or browser. Cybersecurity experts recommend changing your password every three months. There may even be situations where you should change your password immediately, especially if a cybercriminal has access to your account.

2. Say No To HTTP

When browsing online, always make sure to look out for websites that start with “HTTPS” rather than “HTTP”. The added “s” symbolises a secure connection.  So, whether you are accessing sensitive information such as online banking, or making a purchase, pay attention to whether the URL starts with “HTTPS” – if it doesn’t then the website may be unsafe and could potentially be malicious.

3. Be vigilant while using WhatsApp and Email

Be sure not to open any suspicious emails or click on any links within them without double-checking first; phishing emails are commonly sent by cybercriminals who are trying to access personal information or financial data.  The same applies to Whatsapp or other instant messengers – if something seems too good to be true then it likely is! Don’t give away personal information such as passwords over these platforms no matter how convincing they sound.

4. Don’t Overshare On Social Media

It’s important not to share too much personal information on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook & Instagram – scammers often look out for people who overshare in order to use their data for identity theft or other fraud. Remember, what you post online can be seen by anyone, so think carefully before posting anything sensitive – even if your account settings are set up so only friends can view them!

5. Keep your software & devices up to date

Keeping your software and devices up to date is essential for preventing malicious elements from accessing confidential information stored on your device. It is advisable for everyone to stay informed regarding the latest software updates, as it not only increases security levels but also optimizes the performance of your devices. However, staying up to date with technology requires patience and diligence so that you don’t miss important notifications from developers. Doing this will keep your device secure, efficient and reliable!

6. Take Frequent Backups

Having all your important data backed up is essential. With frequent backups, you can safeguard your information and avoid potential losses due to data loss or other damaging scenarios. Don’t wait until it’s too late – take preventative steps now and make sure all of your vital records are protected from the unknown. It’s a simple step that can make your life so much easier should the unexpected ever happen.

7. Stay Alert

It pays to stay alert and one step ahead of fraudsters in today’s digital world. That’s why it is more important than ever to be educated on the tricks and schemes used by scammers. Being informed can help protect you from becoming a victim of fraud, so be sure to follow us @siccuraapp for vital updates on the latest scams & fraudulent activity. This way, you will always have an insider look into how to best protect yourself and ensure that your information stays safe!

8. Encrypt Everything

your data from theft and compromise with encryption – an advanced form of locking technology that allows you to secure information using personal keys. That’s where we can help. Siccura helps everyone keeps their data, whether it’s on emails, local storage drives or even on the cloud safe. So, no matter where your data travels or is stored, it’s always private, secure and in your control. Don’t let unauthorized access ruin valuable digital assets; keep everything encrypted.

The fact that online activity has increased so significantly in the past year should be a wake-up call for you to start paying more attention to data protection & cybersecurity. By following these simple resolutions, you and your loved ones can have a safer and more securer digital experience throughout 2023.