3DSC 2.21 – Request Your Free Annual Credit Report

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”

3DSC 2.20 – Initiate a Credit Freeze

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”

3DSC 2.18: Clean Up Your Digital Clutter

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”

3DSC 2.16: Use Unique Usernames for Online Accounts

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 Facebook account), he or she probably already knows your username. Continue reading “3DSC 2.16: Use Unique Usernames for Online Accounts”

3DSC 2.14: Change Online Account Passwords

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”

ITRH Interview: Vault 7 Leaks

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.

As always, talking to Aaron was a blast! The interview can be found HERE. Aaron does a great show; if you like it be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or iHeartRadio!

3DSC 2.13: Migrate to Private & Secure Email Provider

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.

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3DSC 2.0: (Almost) Halfway Point

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”