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A New Year’s resolution worth keeping

2 January 2018

2018 is set to be a challenging year online with increases in cyber threats, but there are some simple steps to help keep you safe.

In 2017, we saw some of the most crippling global cyber incidents and attacks.

There were massive data breaches that left millions exposed (Equifax and Uber), denial of service attacks that took major services offline (Reddit and New York Times) and ransomware that locked up systems all over the world (Wannacry and Petya).

Many cyber security experts are bracing for 2018, a year set to be full of more breaches, malware variants and sophisticated social engineering techniques.

What to look out for in 2018

Many cyber experts are predicting that ransomware will continue to wreak havoc in 2018 and we’ll see a rise in other digital extortion methods.

Other predictions include cybercriminals finding new ways to exploit our smart appliances and devices (Internet of Things), and fake news continuing to be a problem as platforms work on ways to differentiate it from legitimate news.

Fortunately, even with this gloomy outlook, most of the cyber security threats out there are easily avoided by making a few small changes.

Simple steps to online safety

You don’t have to be an expert to take control of your cyber security.

For 2018, make a New Year’s resolution to stay out of reach of cybercriminals by following some simple steps.

Stay Smart Online has developed a series of short films that cover some of the simple steps.

These steps include:

  • Limiting what you share on social media as this information can be collected by people with malicious motives. Check your privacy and security settings on all social media sites.

  • Make regular backups of your files so if trouble does come your way in the form of ransomware, you won’t lose anything.

  • To greatly limit the risk of encountering things like ransomware, install anti-virus software on all your devices. Be mindful of clicking on links or attachments in emails from unknown senders and keep your eyes open for scams.

 Improving your cyber security is one of the best New Year’s resolutions you could make!