AD - Life Updates with Cyber Aware

Hey guys, I’m sure I’m not the only one who is grateful that the days are getting longer and spring is on its way! During the winter it always seems even harder than usual to get through all of the things on my to-do list. Being a busy mum, it usually feels like my kids’ social calendar is even busier than my own, and if I do get a window in between ferrying them to various groups, friends’ houses or school, then household chores and general life updates aren’t always high on the list.

It’s funny though because deep down I know that I always feel much better if I complete these simple tasks straight away. I’ve teamed up with Cyber Aware on their new #LifeUpdates campaign which is about encouraging you to complete one very simple life update - installing the latest software and app updates.  By installing the latest software and app updates you’re protecting your devices and reducing the risk of a cyber attack. A few minutes now and you could potentially save yourself a lot of time, stress or money later!

I know how easy it is to forget about essential life updates like this, so I’m going to share my top five life updates to save you time and money and maybe make life a little bit easier
Tip 1: Use comparison sites to shop around

My first tip would be shop around – and this applies to anything from bank accounts to energy providers. Banks often have introductory offers that contain great deals, for example if you join certain banks they might give you £100 up front as a joining gift. You can change your bank annually and, the best part is, they tend to do most of the leg work.
If you’re struggling to find the best deal, you can use a comparison site as these make it even easier to see which companies are offering the best deals and to check you’re getting a contract with an energy provider which suits your energy consumption.

Tip 2: Sort through all those old toys and clothes

I don’t know about you, but we have so many old clothes and toys in my household, I recently did a spring clean and realised there were plenty of items I could sell or donate. Selling these online is such a good way to make a bit of pocket money, however for the feel good factor I would always recommend donating them to a local charity shop.

Tip 3: Always install the latest software and app updates

This is the quickest and easiest tip I’ll be suggesting and an excellent way to better protect your devices from a cyber attack, which could even save you money that you may otherwise have lost in a hack. Most updates can be set to run in the background so you can still use your device and, even better, you can set your device to update automatically when connected to Wi-Fi. The updates fix weaknesses in software and apps which could be used by hackers to attack your device and steal your identity. This simple life update often only takes 15 minutes or less – so it’s a good excuse to go and make yourself a cuppa!

Tip 4: Install the latest software and app updates on your children’s devices

It’s so important to keep our children’s devices as secure as we would keep our own. I know that my kids will just swipe away or ignore a software or app update, especially if they are in the middle of a game.  However the good news is you can set the software and app updates to install and update at a time when they are asleep. This is perfect for my two at the moment, but if you have older kids, it’s probably a good idea to teach them how to install the latest software and app updates themselves – we all need to learn how to be cyber aware!

Tip 5: Check through your bank statements and cancel old subscriptions

This leads me to my last tip and that is to make sure you are always going through your bank statements. I know this is something that can easily be forgotten, but I do this once a month and it’s surprising the number of things I forget I have subscribed to. Scanning your bank statement only takes a few minutes but it is definitely worthwhile and the benefits are long lasting, especially if you are paying for something you are not actually using – like a streaming service for your favourite series that has now finished! (I’m definitely guilty of this one).
I hope my top five life updates will be helpful to you guys. I’d love to know what everyday money saving life updates you have.
   Do pop them in the comments if you have ones you would like to share, and don’t forget that installing the latest software and app updates is the quickest and easiest to do. If you want to hear about other simple cyber tips to stay secure online, then check out Cyber Aware’s website at: www.cyberaware.gov.uk

This post was a paid partnership with Cyber Aware 

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