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How To Set Up Your Simple Personal Cyber Security Schedule

Managing your personal IT security is essential, and establishing a monthly routine for this purpose can be highly beneficial. Think about all of the connected devices you and your family have that do not fall under the company cybersecurity umbrella.

By performing routine tasks each month, you can significantly reduce the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime.

In addition to the practical benefits, there is also a psychological aspect to performing these tasks.

Research shows that accomplishing tasks, even minor ones, can trigger the release of dopamine in the brain, which is associated with feelings of pleasure and reward. This natural reward system can motivate you to continue with your cybersecurity routines, making them a habit.

So, let's review the basic routines for managing your personal IT security each month.


Update Your Software And Operating System

Keep your software and operating system up-to-date to prevent hackers from exploiting known vulnerabilities.

Outdated software can make your computer more susceptible to attacks, so make sure to check for updates regularly.

For example, Windows, macOS, Android and Apple iOS all have automatic update features that you can enable.


Check your antivirus software

Make sure that your antivirus software is running correctly and up-to-date. Antivirus software can detect and remove viruses, malware, and other threats that could compromise your security.

Some popular antivirus software includes Norton, McAfee, and Bitdefender.

For Mac users, CleanMyMac is also a great tool for scanning your machine.


Change your passwords

Regularly changing your passwords is an essential part of protecting your accounts.

Use strong, unique passwords that are difficult to guess, and avoid using the same password for multiple accounts.

Consider using a password manager like 1Password or Bitwarden to help you create and manage strong passwords.

You can watch our tutorial HERE to learn how to create strong, unique passwords and get started with 1Password.


Review your privacy settings

Review the privacy settings on your social media accounts, email, and other online services to ensure that you're sharing only what you want to share. Make sure to adjust your settings to limit who can see your information, and be wary of oversharing personal information.

For example, on Facebook, you can adjust your privacy settings by going to Settings & Privacy > Privacy Checkup.

You can learn how to change your privacy settings on Chrome HERE.

You can learn how to change your privacy settings on Safari HERE.


Back up your data

Backing up your data is crucial in case your computer is stolen, lost, or damaged. Choose a backup method that works best for you, such as cloud storage, an external hard drive, or a USB drive.

Make sure to back up important files like photos, documents, and financial information regularly.

Popular cloud storage options include Google Drive, Dropbox, and iCloud.


Check your financial accounts

Review your bank and credit card statements to ensure that there are no unauthorised charges. If you see any suspicious activity, report it immediately.

Many financial institutions also offer fraud alerts or two-factor authentication to help protect your accounts.


Enable two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your accounts by requiring you to enter a code in addition to your password. Enable this feature on all of your accounts that support it.

For example, Google, Apple, and Facebook all offer two-factor authentication options.

By performing these checks regularly, you can significantly reduce the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime. Additionally, establishing a routine for your IT security can help you feel more in control and confident about your online safety.

So, take the time to set up a monthly routine today, and stay safe online.