Monday, October 12, 2015

October is Cyber Security Month

The President has declared October as Cybersecurity month.  It's not a bad idea -- just like you change the batteries in your smoke detectors once a year, maybe you should review your electronic vulbnerabilities?

My top ten security tips:

1) Change your passwords.  You've had them too long, you use the same password in too many places.  Somewhere someone has hacked a site that has your username and password in plain text.  Now they are getting ready to try that username/password somewhere else.  Beat them to the punch.

2) Use a safe browser.  That means anything that's not Internet Explorer.  I prefer chrome.

3) Use 2 step verification for your email account.  If your email doesn't provide 2 step authentication consider switching.

4) Get a free credit report and review it.  You are entitled to one free report a year.  BE VERY CAREFUL!  There are man scam sites that offer free credit reports.  Go through the site I linked to, which is maintained by the US Government.

5) Upgrade your home wifi to WPA2

6) Phone security:
  1. Lock your phone with a password 
  2. install Lookout on it so you can find it if it's gone, 
  3. make sure you have a remote wipe capability

7) (Windows only) Install a good anti-virus/malware.

8) Review your last two sets of credit card bills and actually look at them and validate each transaction.  It's common for hackers take out a small amount once to verify that they actually have a valid card, and then sell the verified number to an actual thief.

9) (expert level)Move to a secure chat client like BBM or Wickr.  Stop texting and using Facebook messenger, Google hangouts, AIM etc.

10 (expert level) use a PGP (pretty Good Protection) client like Mailvelope to start encrypting your email

2 comments :

Adam Brudo said...

As I understand National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Also, while speaking about data security, regarding my personal experience in this matter, I need to say that the most reliable service for sharing data online is VDR.

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