Make Cyber Security A New Year Resolution: Start with a plan

Cybersecurity checklist for the New Year


With the ring in the New Year, there is hope that 2023 brings abundant health, prosperity, and success in all endeavors.  A new year is a beginning, a fresh start for everything.  And of course, it’s also a time to think about making cyber security a priority as everyone is back from the holidays to prevent future headaches and costly prevention. 

Now is a great time to assess your current cyber security setup and make sure you’re starting out the New year right.  A quick checklist can help you to determine if your cyber security is adequate or if you need to step up your game plan.  Questions are needed to ask about quality firewalls to block unwanted traffic to the network.  Are you using two-factor authentication?  What’s about anti-virus and anti-malware software to protect you from cyber threats?  Are all your passwords more than 12 unique and strong characters?  And any backup and restore plans?


Are Passwords a Thing of the Past?

During the Apple WWDC 2022 Keynote this week, Apple provided a vision for a passwordless future by means of passkey, where you do not need to create, enter, or remember your username and password in order to sign-in to your favorite websites.  As you’ve known or experienced, passwords are a pain and you have to remember every single password for every website.  Likewise, people sometimes reuse a password or create very simple and not strong passwords that a hacker can get, or worst of all, passwords are very predictable.  There is password management software to help you remember or enter, but you still need a master password for that, and of course, you still need a password to get into your favorite websites.  Plus, every time you send a username and password over the Internet, you run a risk that cyber criminals will attempt to intercept and steal them.