Two weeks after the conclusion of the Thirty Day Security Challenge, it’s probably a good time to follow up on what we did. I heard from several of you and would like to share some of the feedback that I got. To quickly re-cap what we covered:
Week 1 was heavily focused on local system security and covered the following: OS and app udpates, creating standard user accounts, reviewing basic privacy settings, and scanning our machines with antivirus and antimalware applications. On Thursday of this week we broke the routine and requested a ProtonMail account that we used later in the Challenge.
During Week 2 we shifted focus outwardly. The first two days were about password managment and changing passwords. The three following days dedicated to installing Firefox and manipulating its basic settings, installing some basic security add-ons, and working with NoScript. The weekend project for the second week was tightening your Wi-Fi security.
Week 3 began by setting up a virtual private network and our Account Security Tuesday that week was enabling two-factor authentication. We covered two days of smartphone security and some encrypted voice and messaging applications, and rounded out with an introduction to VeraCrypt.
Week 4 was a bit more privacy focused. It began with system cleaning and Account Security Tuesday instructed you to close unused accounts. We moved onto email masking, credit freezes, and social network account privacy and the weekend covered full disk encryption. The final three days talked about backups, using unique usernames, and finally, recruiting others to using encryption.
I asked for your feedback, and some of your responded. Some of you would have liked to have seen some of the techniques demonstrated on video, so this is something I will strongly consider in the near future. In fact, I may consider re-doing the entire Thirty-Day Challenge in video if there is enough interest. The second major feedback point I got is that you enjoyed the challenge and would like to be able to use it as a tutorial for your friends. I do plan to add a page in the near future where quick links to all of the posts in the challenge will be accessible. For now you can refer your friends to this post which contains links (above) to all of the posts.
I doubt I will do any more month-long challenges in the near future. However, if there is interested I may put together some shorter “sprint” challenges that are 5-14 days in length. The two ideas I have right now are Mobile Device Security and Intermediate Computer Security. Do you have an idea? Is there something specific you’d like to see covered? If so, drop me a line and we’ll try to work something out.
Thank you for all your participation, comments, and emails. It was really gratifying to pull this project off and I couldn’t have done it without your encouragement throughout!