One of those to-do list items should be completing an online account safety check. It’s a good practice to do these periodically, and if you haven’t checked up on your security settings in a while, now’s a good time to do so.
Here are a few things you should do during your security review.
Go into all your social media profiles and head over to the settings tabs. This will allow you to review your current settings, including who can see your posts and profile, if you’re sharing data with advertisers, and more. You’ll also want to take this opportunity to change your passwords if you haven’t in the past year or more.
Reviewing online bank statements is a great way to stay on top of not only your spending–but potential fraud. Ensure all transactions are those you’ve made and notify the bank of anything you don’t recognize. You can also check your account settings regarding electronic vs. paper communications. Change your account password at this time if you haven’t done so in a while.
For all other sites you use usernames and passwords to log into, check to see the last time you changed your passwords, and if you’re storing that information anywhere else (whether that be in an application like Keychain Access on Macs, or within browsers like Safari or Chrome). Change them if they’re old and understand that storing them on a browser could be problematic if your computer were to be stolen.