How long is your current to-do list? For those of us with busy lives there always seems to be a growing list of ‘life admin’ to complete, on top of work, daily school runs, making dinner for the family.
We’re all guilty of procrastinating and putting things off, even if they are not particularly difficult or time-consuming.
The Cyber Aware #LifeUpdates campaign highlights those ‘to dos’ which only take a few minutes, could have a lasting impact – whether that’s saving money, helping to protect the family from cyber crime, or just that sense of winning at life.
In fact, latest research conducted by Anglia Ruskin University, shows that 67% of people feel better after completing a to-do list. So, here are 6 life updates you can tick off your list today:
1. Check you’re on the cheapest energy tariff
If you haven’t chosen a new tariff many energy providers will automatically move you onto a Standard tariff.
At npower, we want to make sure you’re on the best tariff for you. You can find your tariff under ‘Your billing information’ on your bill.
If you’ve signed up for paperless bills, simply log onto your npower account to view your bill.
If you get stuck at any time – feel free to live chat with one of our expert advisors online. They’ll be happy to help. Not got an online account yet? Sign up for yours today.
2. Hit the ‘update’ button
When you don’t install the latest software and app updates, you are increasing the risk of becoming the victim of a virus or a hack.
Every new update fixes weaknesses in the software that hackers could use to attack our devices and steal our identity – this all brings a potential financial cost and impact on our wellbeing.
It doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. You can install new updates at night when you are asleep and your device is plugged into a power socket.
You can also set devices to automatically install the latest software and app updates when available.
3. Cancel TV and music trials and subscriptions you’re no longer using
Services like NowTV, Netflix and Spotify make it very easy to sign up to trials.
Some subscriptions like Amazon Prime, auto-renew on yearly basis so you don’t have to put all your payment details again.
It’s easy to forget to cancel that subscription we no longer need, so avoid being out of pocket by setting reminders to look at your subscriptions in your calendar when you sign up.
4. Check timer and thermostat schedules
If you use programmatic timers and smart home gadgets to make your home run smoothly, you’ve probably set things like the heating to come on at certain times when winter was in full swing.
With the days getting longer and weather getting warmer, not adjusting your timers not only wastes energy, it could also be adding to your bills unnecessarily.
Do you still need the same amount of hot water? Are your lights coming too early? Do you still need the heating to come on at 7am? Doing quick review of all the timers in your home could help you switch off and save money.
5. Find and get involved with free park sessions in your local park
When it’s cold and wet outside, it’s understandable that we prefer to hit the gym or pay for indoor activities.
Whether it’s spending time with the kids outdoors or just getting them to be more active, now that it’s getting warmer, there are tons of free activities available so it might be time to cancel that unused and expensive gym membership and get outdoors again.
6. Change your passwords
During Cyber Awareness Month back in October, we wrote about the importance of using a strong and separate password for your email account to keep your inbox secure.
Your email often contains bank details, personal photos and information like your phone number, address, and date of birth making it a treasure trove for hackers and identity thieves.
Take a few minutes today to reset your password for your email account. Make sure its strong and separate to help protect your identity.
What #LifeUpdates will you be doing today?
For more advice on simple ways to be more secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website