Hi guys,

Keeping your online presence secure is more important than ever. Cyber threats are constantly evolving, and it’s crucial to stay one step ahead. To help you protect yourself, here’s a comprehensive online safety checklist inspired by the latest best practices.

1. Use Strong, Unique Passwords

  • Create complex passwords: Use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Avoid reuse: Never use the same password across multiple sites.
  • Password manager: Consider using a password manager to generate and store your passwords securely.

2. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

  • Add an extra layer: Enable MFA on all accounts that offer it, such as email, banking, and social media.
  • Use authenticator apps: Prefer apps like Google Authenticator or Authy over SMS for added security.

3. Keep Your Software Up to Date

  • Automatic updates: Enable automatic updates for your operating system and applications.
  • Patch vulnerabilities: Regularly check for and install security patches for all your devices.

4. Be Wary of Phishing Scams

  • Email vigilance: Do not click on links or download attachments from unknown or suspicious emails.
  • Verify sources: Always double-check the sender’s email address and look for signs of spoofing.

5. Secure Your Home Network

  • Change default settings: Update default usernames and passwords for your router.
  • Strong encryption: Use WPA3 encryption for your Wi-Fi network.
  • Regular checks: Periodically review connected devices and remove any that are unfamiliar.

6. Back Up Your Data Regularly

  • Use cloud services: Consider using cloud storage for automatic backups.
  • External drives: Keep an external hard drive backup for critical data.

7. Protect Personal Information on Social Media

  • Limit sharing: Be cautious about the amount of personal information you share.
  • Privacy settings: Regularly review and update your privacy settings on social media platforms.

8. Use Reliable Security Software

  • Antivirus and anti-malware: Install reputable antivirus and anti-malware software.
  • Regular scans: Schedule regular scans to detect and remove threats.

9. Educate Yourself and Stay Informed

  • Cybersecurity news: Keep up with the latest cybersecurity news and trends.
  • Training: Consider taking online courses or workshops on cybersecurity best practices.

10. Be Prepared for Incidents

  • Incident response plan: Have a plan in place for how to respond to a cybersecurity incident.
  • Contact information: Know how to contact your bank, credit card companies, and other critical services in case of a breach.

By following this checklist, you can significantly enhance your online security and protect your personal information from cyber threats. Remember to keep reading my tips, keep Incognito up-to-date, and follow these other steps. If you have any questions or comments about these tips, let me know, and I can help you.

Sending you all the best,
Stephen McCormack