How to celebrate Unboxing Day

The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year – but they can also be stressful. If you’ve ever felt like you needed a holiday after the holidays, we created one for you: Unboxing Day! Unboxing Day takes place on December 27th and is easy to celebrate. If you received or treated yourself to a new device this holiday, use Unboxing Day to unbox your new gadget and set it up to be cyber secure.

Ready to start unboxing?

Get cozy, gather your devices, and start celebrating! Here’s how you can do it:

Before you get started: secure your home network

Your new devices will rely on your home network to get connected online – so make sure your Wi-Fi is secure before you get started!

Make sure your Wi-Fi router is safely located in the centre of your home

Change your router’s default username and password to something unique

Create a guest network for your smart devices and visitors

Secure your new devices

Create unique passwords or PINs to protect your devices
Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) to add an extra layer of personalized security to your devices
Install anti-virus protection to protect your devices from malicious software
Use a password manager to store all your new (and existing) passwords
Review your devices’ privacy policies and terms of use so you can update your privacy settings if you need to
Make sure auto-lock is enabled (like on a phone, laptop, tablet, or smartwatch) to protect your sensitive information

Make sure your new devices are always updated

Ensure your devices’ operating systems and any apps you use are updated

Personalize your new devices

Uninstall apps you won’t use
Review app permissions and update your security settings if you need to
Protect your privacy by using camera covers
Turn off Bluetooth and location services when you aren’t using your devices

Help your loved ones celebrate Unboxing day

Getting cyber safe is a team effort! Make sure everyone around you celebrates Unboxing Day by securing their devices as well. Share Unboxing Day will help them get started!

Tag us on social @GetCyberSafe and use the hashtag #UnboxingDay to show off your holiday spirit!

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