Identity theft is an increasingly common crime. The fallout from an identity theft can be financially ruinous. If you are not already doing so, you should request your free annual credit report(s). Continue reading “3DSC 2.21 – Request Your Free Annual Credit Report”
Identity theft is an incredibly invasive and potentially devastating form of crime. It can cost tens of thousands of dollars, ruin credit, and consume countless hours of time. One of the best tools for preventing identity theft is what is known as a credit freeze (sometimes called a security freeze). Today’s task is to initiate a credit freeze for yourself and all members of your family, including your children. If your children have a social security number they, too are vulnerable to identity theft. Continue reading “3DSC 2.20 – Initiate a Credit Freeze”
Today I am going to ask you to to take a step that will reduce your attack surface online: clean up your digital clutter by identifying and closing unused accounts. Online accounts exist in what I like to call “enemy territory”. The are on hardware that you do not control, owned by companies that make very few promises to you about how they will handle your data, and as public-facing sites, are subject to far greater risk than your home computer. Accounts you no longer use represent nothing but risk. Continue reading “3DSC 2.18: Clean Up Your Digital Clutter”
Giving out your email address can introduce some vulnerabilities. While most of these are privacy concerns, there are some security concerns with this, as well. Your email address is attached to your “real” accounts. This allows advertisers, data-aggregators, and hackers to see linkage between your accounts. Security-wise, your email address is your username for some services. If an attacker tries to hack one of your accounts (your Amazon.com, bank, or
Today’s task is to begin enabling two-factor authentication wherever it is available. This will increase the security of these accounts well beyond what even the very best password could.
Complete Privacy & Security Podcast
Episode 023: Michael Buys a New iPhone
This week, Michael purchases and secures a new iPhone while Justin gives out practical advice. Will Michael last a month without Android? Continue reading “Complete Privacy & Security Podcast E023”
Last weekend, I asked you to install password manager. This is a critical step in performing today’s task: today I will challenge you to
change your online account passwords begin changing your online account passwords. Don’t rush in and try to change them all at once – there’s a good chance you will get locked out of something. Instead, change your passwords during your normal logins. Continue reading “3DSC 2.14: Change Online Account Passwords”
This weekend I recorded an interview with Aaron from the In the Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast. Aaron invited me on to talk about the recent Wikileaks “Vault 7” leaks that concern the CIA’s hacking and cyber capabilities.
Today I am asking you to to setup a private and secure email account. I realize that many of my readers are already using ProtonMail (but I also know that some are not). If you are using ProtonMail, don’t worry – I have included tasks for users at all levels of the email migration process.
Hey guys, I just wanted to take a second to acknowledge that we are almost at the halfway point in the Thirty Day Security Challenge (3DSC) 2.0! I also want to briefly recap what we’ve covered. If you’re just joining us here this is also a great place to start getting caught up. Continue reading “3DSC 2.0: (Almost) Halfway Point”