A woman sitting at a table with a cup of with a holiday tree behind her. There is a Teddy Bear wearing a Santa hat witting in a chair at the table next to her.

A woman on her laptop, having a cup of coffee during the holiday season.

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, let’s think about more than festive decorations and gift exchanges, but also consider the security and privacy for our lives and businesses.

This is the perfect time of year to invest in a few small items that will help you layer your personal and business security throughout the year.

Password Management Solutions

If you’re not already using a password manager for your personal and business accounts, now is a great time to introduce, and upgrade your business password management system.

Gift your family and your business tools like 1Password or KeePass, which offer secure and convenient ways to manage your passwords, cross-platform. Password managers help manage your family & team’s passwords and ensure login credentials are robust and easily accessible.

Some business-friendly password managers are Dashlane or Last Pass Teams that facilitate secure access and credential management for a small or large team, depending on your business size.

Endpoint Protection Software

With all the systems you operate in your home and business, you need to consider your overall security for your devices. If you run Apple products, such as a Macbook or Apple desktop computer, there is robust security on your devices already.

However, sometimes you need an additional layer of protection for your home network and myriad devices. Bitdefender is a great resource for both home and small business and provides a variety of options that have everything from security device scans to identity monitoring to protect you and your family from identity theft.

The business Bitdefender software offers real time threat detection and response and helps protect your servers from malicious attacks, and can cover all your tech devices.

The software works across all devices, even if you have a mix of Apple and PC products. Their home network and device security solutions offer a built-in VPN and password manager which may provide some cost savings for you if you’re keeping to a tighter budget this holiday season.

VPN Subscription

Whether you work remotely for your company or work remote for yourself, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a good tool for more secure internet connections. Gift yourself and your business a subscription to a reputable VPN services, such as Proton VPN to ensure your sensitive data in encrypted, even when you access it from multiple locations.

The VPN we recommend is Proton VPN, and please be advised this link is an affiliate link and our company may receive a commission if you purchase through the link.

Whichever VPN you choose to use, make sure you find the one that works for you, your family, or your team. You can find a VPN comparison chart on our Resources page or the direct link.

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) Tools

Strengthen your security and authentication processes by implementing an MFA tool such as Authy or Duo Security. Both authenticators add an extra layer of security that ensures only authorized personnel or users can access your critical systems and data.

Authy provides step-by-step guides and resources on their website to help you enable 2FA on many of your commonly used devices.

Both Authy and Duo Security are free to download and start using across your devices. There are paid options as well to tailor for your personal and business needs.

Secure File Sharing Platforms & Cloud Storage

If you’re doing collaborative work in your business, you’re going to need a method to securely share your files with team members, to ensure that your most sensitive documents remain protected. Tresorit is a great option for secure document sharing, but Box is also a good option; It greatly depends on your team size and budget what makes the most sense for you.

If you’re a solopreneur or tiny business, you can also use Dropbox Business as a means of securely sharing documents & Cloud Storage with specific team members or users. While Dropbox is primarily a means of secure Cloud storage, it has several features which allow you to encrypt and share documents safely between your team and individuals.

Final Thoughts

There are a mix of free and budget friendly options in this article, and doing one of them to better secure your devices can make an enormous difference in your bottom-line security. Cutting corners on your family or business safety and security will impact you down the line, so let’s layer it in as you build.

If you need help implementing your security plan, you can book a consult with us here.

May you and your business thrive in the coming year.

Wishing you a joyful and secure holiday season,

The LDYL team 😊

The guidance included in this article do not constitute legal advice and is for educational purposes only. There are affiliate links included in the article and noted accordingly. The owners of this site may receive a commission if you choose to purchase via one of the affiliate links.