Cyber self-care: Prioritizing digital well-being

For this blog post, Get Cyber Safe has partnered with the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA), who, like us, understands how important cyber security is to businesses as well as individuals. This blog presents their perspective, and we thank them for being a dedicated partner in the cyber security of Canadians.

In this digital age, our online lives have become just as important as our physical ones. With October being Cyber Security Awareness Month (Cyber Month), it's the perfect time to reflect on our cyber wellness and practice some much-needed self-care. Here are tips to help safeguard your digital well-being.

Set boundaries: Our digital world can be overwhelming, much like the real world. It's essential to establish boundaries. Designate tech-free zones or times in your day to disconnect. Lock your devices with passphrases or pins and add multi-factor authentication (MFA) to prevent unauthorized access.

Practice mindful scrolling: When it comes to online content, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Before engaging online, take a moment to reflect. Choose content that uplifts you, and guard your mental energy. And remember to never share sensitive, personal, or financial information online.

Clean up your digital clutter: Organize your digital life by decluttering your email. An organized inbox helps you find the information you need efficiently and easily. Don't forget to protect your inbox with a unique and strong password to safeguard your sensitive information.

Stay in the know: Knowledge is a great defence against online scams. Test your knowledge of the latest scams, download a cyber security toolkit, learn what your bank won’t ask you online and sign up for the CBA’s fraud prevention newsletter on the CBA cyber safety website.

Back up your files: Backing up your digital files is like having insurance for your physical possessions. Create a regular backup schedule to safeguard your valuable photos and essential documents, protecting them from device failures and ransomware threats.

Talk with friends and family: Trusted friends and family can be invaluable allies in your cyber self-care journey. If you're uncertain whether a text or email is a scam, don’t hesitate to ask for their help and to talk about cyber security with others.

This Cyber Security Awareness Month, prioritize your digital well-being with this infographic containing cyber self-care tips. Cyber security is a daily practice and by following these tips, you can enjoy a safer, more secure digital life.

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