JHQ: Good advice from Alma Mater’s IT folks



Monday, June 5, 2017
Basic Steps to Online Safety and Security

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Follow these six National Cyber Security Alliance recommendations to better protect yourself online and make the Internet more secure for everyone:

• Fortify each online account or device.

Enable the strongest authentication tools available. This might include biometrics, security keys, or unique one-time codes sent to your mobile device. Usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts such as e-mail, banking, and social media.

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• When in doubt, throw it out.

Cybercriminals often use links to try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.

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If I can add a few of my own.

• Get your own domain. 

Your email is less of a target than on Yahoo, Hotmail, or any of them. Hackers go for the easy or valuable. If you look like a target, you’ll be probed. I’ve watch hackers try every possible password using automated tools to attack. At the very least, use LASTPASS or equivalent to create very long passwords (i.e., I use 24 character ones generated by LASTPASS to be random.)

• Don’t fall for these “Secret Questions” (i.e., high school mascot).

Treat them just like passwords (i.e., use LASTPASS to generate the answer; then save it somewhere. For example, my mother’s maiden name is umelianshapicaryneodedon, jurymedynosloteneworychb, and iveterialontheryahmatert depending upon which site you visit. Crack that. I dare you.

• Use Chromebooks

Most WINDOWS laptops are overkill for most people. Unless you have a SPECIFIC need for that type of power, use a cheap chromebook for all your web surfing and email. The chromebook is pretty “dumb”. There’s no way for a hacker to embed malware own it because it reloads a fresh copy of the operating system every time you turn it on. It automatically updates the system software as needed. A true thin client. Even I use chromebooks and am planning to make it my ONLY platform in the near future.


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