- Using the same password for EVERYTHING
- This means that all a cracker has to do is find one password and they have your ENTIRE ONLINE LIFE. Scary.
- Using the same password for YEARS
- The longer you have the password the more chance there is of someone brute forcing their way into your account.
- Not backing up your computer
- We are always told but never do!
- Having only one point of access for your files
- i.e on your laptops hard drive with no backup.
- Online backup of documents so that files can be accessed/updated from anywhere.
- Use a program such as Evernote for writing. This has the added benefit of being able to search everything you have written.
- Online photo storage so I don’t loose them if my mac breaks. (doesn’t need to be easy access)
- New Zealand based company called Mega
- Online access to email so that they are not lost if my mac goes down.
- Begin to use Gmail as my email client rather than the mail software on my Mac
- Different passwords for each account that are easy for me to remember.
- Password strategy listen below
- Double layer authentication to get into my email account.
- Google provides this for their Gmail account
- Encrypted files on your hard drive to prevent thieves reading your hard drive.
- Enable full disk encryption
- Software to check outgoing connections from your computer
- Used a program called Little Snitch
- Software to check persistent downloads.
- Used a program called BlockBlock
- Email account (if someone gains access to this then they have access to ALL your accounts)
- Facebook account
- Accounts that need my payment details
- Accounts that do not need my payment details
- Cover your webcam with Tape
- Enable full disk encryption: On Mac: [System Preferences>Security and Privacy>File Vault]
- Change iPhone password to 6 digits instead of 4 (I know its not computer security but i thought it was good)
- Download and run LittleSnitch
- Download and run Block Block
- Change email client to Gmail and activate double authentication.
- Sign up to Mega encrypted cloud storage and moved all photos over.
- Design and memorise a new password strategy.
- Download Evernote for writing/ ORGANISING EVERYTHING
- Download google drive for saving word documents online.
These ten things will cover you for all the threats (self inflicted or otherwise) listed above.
If you have any other suggestions leave them in the comments below for other people to implement!
If you only do one of the awesome tips listed here (many from Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss) then put some tape over your webcam!
Links to software listed here:
Evernote – for writing and organising your life
Mega – for massive online photo storage
Gmail – for double authentication email service
Little Snitch – for assessing outbound connections your software is making
BlockBlock – for revealing when malware is trying to install itself
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