|Posted on January 19, 2016 at 11:30 AM|
Tax season is here, and since we are stopping our lives to take care of business, so-to-speak, we can also stop to make sure we have some practices in place for the New Year. This isn't about eating right, or getting in more walks per week, but about getting into the habit of checking our personal information and passwords out there in the digital realm.
Let this serve as a reminder to some that their information is out there in a digital world. It is not written on a billboard that our neighbors can see whenever they get on the freeway, but it might as well be to those who want to find it. We want to make sure that our information is found by those who are supposed to, and that have our permission to use our information. If our personal data ends up in the wrong hands, it could leave us completely devistated.
If you're already in the habit of paying your own bills, then you have everything you need to check-in with your personal cyber information regularly. Remember that annoying carbon monoxide alarm? The one that runs on batteries, and needs to be checked each year? It's completely inconvenient to add it to an already long list of things which need our attention, however, if we put it into perspective, once per year is hardly something to get stressed over. A friend of mine once told me she checks hers during the Fall Daylight Savings Time date. It makes it so easy, one doesn't even need to write it down to remember! That could be the date we devote a portion of our day to checking smoke detectors, emergency food items and supplies, and ordering our free, annual credit reports.
Just like April 15th is a day devoted to our tax responsibility, one day per year could knock out three other life-saving tasks. Then we are left to live a life spent more focused on the very best parts of being alive. Check out this Youtube video from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about even more ways to insure your cyber security (2 minutes long):