A recent study by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that learning about cyber security makes people feel helpless, concerned, overwhelmed, and stressed.

These feelings are all symptoms of Security Fatigue, a new phenomenon the NIST discovered this October. During its preliminary study, 40 individuals of different ages and backgrounds reported feeling anxious, weary and irritated whenever they hear about cyber security or deal with computer security procedures such as setting up a new password.

Negligence is another symptom of Security Fatigue. Besides feeling overwhelmed and hopeless about keeping their private information safe online, a majority of study participants also said that they don’t believe that they are vulnerable to a security breach because they are one in a million. This belief leads to unsafe computer habits like reusing passwords for all online accounts.

Too many security rules to adhere to and daily news of large data breaches have people asking “What’s the point?”

Following different security guidelines and creating a new password for every new account is taxing, but someone stealing your bank account information or hacking your social media account is even worse. You may feel like your personal information isn’t worth stealing, but cyber criminals are on the hunt.

This year Yahoo discovered that 500 million people had their email account information stolen, and that was from one of the many hacks of 2016.

Technology is an inevitable part of our lives. Almost everyone has valuable, personal information available online and needs to practice safe online habits.

If you want to keep your data safe but don’t want to feel overwhelmed or anxious, read on and learn how to avoid Security Fatigue.


  1. Don’t Fall Into Information Overload

One easy way to avoid feeling like you’ll never be safe online is to not read dozens of articles that share different security tips.

Steer clear of articles with titles like “101 Ways to Keep Your Data Safe” and don’t overwhelm yourself or your employees with too much information.

Instead of diving headfirst into an ocean of information, focus on learning about one cyber security topic or habit a month. Develop a greater understanding and learn the ins and out of Ransomware or mobile security.

If you have no background in cyber security, read blog posts and articles that aren’t filled with technical terms or jargon, such as Macate’s blog posts! Other reputable publications that publish easy-to-read and informative cybersecurity articles are Wired, The New York Times, and CEO. If you’re not a big reader, check out some of Macate’s favorite cybersecurity podcasts!


  1. Have a Backup Plan

Be prepared with a hack protocol in case a cyber criminal gains access to your email account or online banking account. In the case of an online security breach, you can save time and energy with a plan in place.

If you encounter an online security breach follow these simple steps:



  1. Do an Account Audit

Have online accounts that you never use? Slim down your chances of being hacked and delete all accounts that are no longer useful to you. Shut down ancient and inactive social media accounts, accounts and online stores you never shop at or any other unused online account.

Decrease your online footprint and take away any extra chances for a hacker to gain access to your personal information.


  1. Use Helpful Tools

Invest in anti-virus software and use a password manager to store different passwords for different online accounts. Learn more about Macate’s GATCA Elite if you want to keep your mobile data safe.

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