2019 Year Ahead – Productivity and Digital Security Tips for the Year Ahead

2019 Year Ahead – Productivity and Digital Security Tips for the Year Ahead

Thought I would share a few tips with everyone that might help you to wrap up your digital world for 2018 and get prepared for 2019.

  • Clean out your photos from the past year, I am sure there are hundreds of shots that you really don’t need to save. This can be a fun process as it will help you to think back about everything that you experienced in the past year.
  • Make sure your photos are backed up, you don’t want to be thinking about this while looking at your phone in pieces or at the bottom of a lake. Do the same with any important files or documents. Think about the worst case scenario and plan for that. Someone breaks into your house and steals your laptop and your external USB drive, or worse your house burns down, are you prepared?
  • Clean up your systems. That could be email, folders on your computer, or your physical desk or space. Take some time to remove or at least reduce the clutter and make room for the year ahead. A great way to manage your digital folders is to create a folder for each year, this way you can start fresh each year, it also makes backups much faster.
  • Change your passwords. Now is a great time to go through and change passwords for at least high risks sites like banks, insurance, healthcare and shopping sites.
  • If you use the same password for more than one site, STOP DOING THAT!! If you use the same password on multiple sites and one of those sites is compromised, hackers will have access to any of your accounts where you used the same login ID and password. Check in with people you care about to make sure they are not using the same password for multiple sites.
  • Check your privacy settings on social media sites, especially Facebook. You don’t want to be sharing all of your personal information, thoughts, pictures and friends with the entire planet.
  • Watch your Credit Reports/Score. You can request a free credit report from each of the three main agencies once a year. Credit Karma is another free service that provides you with your credit score and also watches your credit reports. The link above is to a Forbes article explaining how they can offer this service for free. One more tip, you can contact each of the three credit agencies and put a freeze on your credit with a pin number. This will stop anyone from accessing your credit file without you first unlocking it.
  • What happens if you leave the planet tomorrow? Does someone else know how to access critical accounts you have setup? Do you have beneficiaries properly defined on insurance and other important financial accounts?
  • Start a Goals Journal – What do you want to accomplish this year? Write it down and then set a plan to achieve those goals, check back in regularly to see how you are doing. At the end of the year, take some time to reflect and document what happened over the past year in your journal.
  • Watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Wonder” and then give some thought to what you could do in the next year to make a difference in the lives of those around you.

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