5 Technology Resolutions For The New Year

Now is the time to commit to technology resolutions that will improve your productivity, protect your devices, and keep you safer online. Learn our top five technology resolutions for the new year. 

Nov 07, 2022 | 4 min read

As 2023 approaches, we'd like to reflect on the past year by celebrating our successes, learning from our challenges, and looking ahead to 2023 with measurable goals in mind. Many of us set New Year's resolutions in our personal lives, so why not set technology resolutions? Without a doubt, cybersecurity has remained top of mind in 2022 and will continue to be an important issue as we move into 2023. BeyondTrust published their list of top cybersecurity trends to note, and many similar themes are predicted to show up in 2023 such as ransomware, malware, and compliance issues. 

Now is the time to commit to technology resolutions that will improve your productivity, protect your devices, and keep you safer online. Continue reading to learn our top five technology resolutions for the new year. 

1. Maintain Strong Password Policies

Gone are the days of using a simple password to protect your account — that leaves your account exposed to hackers and easily compromised. In fact, Watchguard found that weak or stolen passwords attributed to 81% of data breaches. Here are a few simple tips to maintain strong passwords: 

  • Utilize strong passphrases: Create passphrases by combining a few words from a favorite song, quote or phrase. Use a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
  • Use a unique password for each account: Vary your passwords for each of your accounts to increase security. If you use the same password for multiple accounts, cybercriminals will have an easier chance gaining access.
  • Utilize a secure password manager: Easily remember all of your passwords with a trusted password manager. Tools like Dashlane, Keeper, and LastPass are trusted applications.

2. Clean Up Your Data 

Did you know that January has been named "Clean Up Your Computer Month"? It's the perfect time of year to organize your files on your desktop and in the cloud, organize your email, remove what you no longer need, and clear old software and applications. Arvig offers several helpful tips to jumpstart your organization process.

One important aspect of data clean-up is data back-up. Once you have determined what data you'd like to keep, ensure you have the right technology in place to back it up properly and securely. 

3. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) requires you to provide verification factors to access your accounts. Rather than simply entering your username and password, it will prompt you to use a PIN, a confirmation on your smartphone, or even a fingerprint.

MFA stops a large amount of cyberattacks from occurring, but it's not 100% foolproof. The best security strategy is a multi-layered, multi-faceted one with many different cybersecurity risk mitigation tools such as managed firewall systems, data backups, encryption, and more.

4. Continue Cybersecurity Awareness Training 

The human element of your cybersecurity strategy must never be overlooked. With human error being the top cause of data breaches, it's important to protect your team and give them the education they need to confidently identify cybercrimes before they occur. 

Training will vary depending on your business needs and risks. It may include reviewing the latest security trends for your company, running through practice phishing scenarios, or evaluating your team’s knowledge through regular testing. Above all, training should be engaging and consistent – and it can be easily executed by working with a trusted IT partner like LincolnIT. Here are a few topic suggestions to get you thinking.

5. Update and Care For Your Devices

Technology is an investment, and like any investment, it's important to take good care of your devices. Simple things like protecting your devices with cases, regularly cleaning your devices, and avoiding eating and/or drinking around your devices will help them last.

Internal protection is equally important, too. Regularly update your devices, software, and applications, or consider turning on automatic updates to make this process seamless. The Pro Tech Guy reminds us about why regular updates are so important: "Software updates not only improve the performance of your device; they contain critical patches that help to keep your business safe from malware and viruses. If these patches aren’t applied quickly, a cybercriminal could exploit them and access your network."

Start 2023 Right With LincolnIT

If you're interested in partnering with a trusted IT provider to optimize your New Year's technology resolutions, consider LincolnIT. We take the time to learn, understand, and evaluate your business needs, ensuring your success. 

We offer a variety of technology solutions — from outsourced IT services to cloud management. Learn more about our offerings or schedule a call with us today to get started on a customized IT solution for your business. 

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