Good Digital Parenting
Blog | Dec. 31, 2013

New Year, New Technology Habits

Project Administrator, Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)

A new year is almost here and for many of us it means fresh choices, new opportunities, and an end to old habits.

It’s easy to focus on lifestyle choices like diet and exercise, by why not tack on another important part of your life – your online life. This year, why not focus on the safety and health of your profiles and devices too?

Here are four easy steps you can take to help clean up your technology and online reputation in 2014:

1. Search yourself online. Do a quick Web search of your first and last name. Find something about yourself you don’t like? If it’s posted by a friend, ask them to take it down. Or, try contacting the site administrator and request they remove any unwanted content.

2. Check privacy settings. The privacy settings on your favorite website or social network may have changed since you last checked. Take some time to understand current settings so you know just what you’re sharing, and update them if there are things you don’t want public.

3. Change passwords. Whether email or banking, it’s a good idea to have different passwords for different sites. Change the passwords across your various accounts to a combination of words, numbers and symbols that are easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess.

4. Update security software. Computer viruses and spyware can wreak havoc on your computer. Check for software updates you may have previously ignored or download one of the many free, safe programs available online to ensure you have the most up-to-date security for your system.

Cover image courtesy of Flickr.