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DIGITAL FAMILIES: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

Digital Citizens, Friday, January 2, 2015

As part of our Digital Families Project, we’ve put together some New Year’s resolutions to help ensure a safer, more digitally secure year for all Digital Citizens in 2015.  Feel free to add these to your list to help protect yourself and your family online.

  1. Change passwords often.  You’ve heard it before: changing your passwords often—and making them strong—will help keep your online accounts safe from digital criminals.  Especially after this year’s Heartbleed scare, it’s more important than ever to change your passwords often—every 90 days for important accounts.
  2. Keep anti-malware and virus protection software updated.  To safeguard your home computer, make sure you update your anti-virus and anti-malware software regularly.  Given the range of malware that’s out there (and often hidden in “free” content), it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  3. Use public Wi-Fi safely.  From bars and restaurants to hospitals and libraries, free public Wi-Fi is starting to become more commonplace.  But just how safe is it?  Follow these basic rules and guidelines to make sure you stay protected while logged on.
  4. Know your social media settings.  Double check your social media settings—for you, your children, and even your parents.  Understanding the different security and privacy settings on the social media sites you and your loved ones use can keep your family safer online and protect you from a number of cyber threats.

  5. Embrace all that is good about the Internet.  As we work to combat a range of cyber crimes in 2015, it’s important to remember everything that makes the Internet such a great place.  Our top 10 list of things we’re thankful for when it comes to a free, safe, and open Internet is a great place to start.

Happy New Year from your friends at the Digital Citizens Alliance!

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