Trend Micro Offers Five New Year's Cyber Resolutions for a Safer and Healthier Digital Life

OTTAWA, Dec. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - With Trend Micro cyber threat analysts predicting that individuals, businesses and governments will face a proliferation of sophisticated digital threats in 2014, New Years is the perfect time to choose a few simple resolutions to keep you and your personal information safe.

"Unlike hitting the gym everyday, committing to lead a safer and healthier online life is among the simpler New Year's resolutions to keep. A few minutes of your time and the willingness to invest it in changing the way you protect valuable personal information is a good start to the New Year, " says Trend Micro Canada's Marketing Director George McTaggart.

1. Be threat conscious

2014 promises to be a banner year for hackers and cybercriminals. With more people taking their data online and engaging in social networks, you've got to stay on your toes to avoid the latest cyber threats. Start by learning the symptoms of a malware-infected computer and follow our tips for strong passwords to keep your data safe and secure.

2. Take better care of all mobile devices

Even if your device does have security software on board, your activity on social networks may put you at risk. Be smart about your mobile check-ins, and consider this advice for securing your social sharing.

3. Clean up digital clutter

With the web becoming the go-to place for shopping, sharing, and services, you may be leaving more than just a footprint in your browser history on various sites.  Don't be a digital hoarder, and be aware of your privacy settings and what you are sharing on your social networks to keep from creating a digital trail for criminals to follow.

4. Be more pro-security

Get proactive in protecting your devices and your data: learn how to protect your computer (whether its a MAC or PC), and consider security software  for  you and your family.

5. Manage your passwords

Don't reuse, reduce and recycle—those three R's are great for the environment but not for your digital safety. Once you have used a password, don't use it again.  If cybercriminals get your password, they will have access to everything it unlocks.

A PDF of "Blurring Boundaries: Trend Micro Security Predictions for 2014 and Beyond" can be downloaded at: http://www.trendmicro.com/cloud-content/us/pdfs/security-intelligence/reports/rpt-trend-micro-security-predictions-for-2014-and-beyond.pdf.

Trend Micro Incorporated a global leader in security software, rated number one in server security (IDC, 2013), strives to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Trend Micro enables the smart protection of information, with innovative security technology that is simple to deploy and manage, and fits an evolving ecosystem. All of our solutions are powered by cloud-based global threat intelligence, the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ infrastructure, and are supported by over 1,200 threat experts around the globe.  For more information, visit TrendMicro.com.

SOURCE Trend Micro Canada

For further information:

Claire M Tallarico 416 616 9940 or claire_tallarico at trendmicro dot com