If you're a human person who occasionally engages in commerce, hackers are probably targeting you.
You know you need to take better care of your personal information, but you keep putting it off. It's understandable, but this is the year you take your security into your own hands. Here are seven resolutions that you can make to your data in 201
Use a Freaking Password Manager
Re-using passwords is a very, very bad idea. Sure, having the same password everywhere makes it easier for you to remember, it means one site's security leak compromises all of your accounts. [19659002youdothatLastPassisapopularfreechoicebuttherearesomesolidoptionsouttherethatareeasytosetupanduse
Stop putting this off make doing so simple.
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Lock Down Important Accounts With Two-Factor Authentication
Even the most secure password will not completely protect you. That's why, once your passwords are in order, you should therefore use two-factor authentication wherever it's offered. Two-factor authentication means that if someone does get your password, they still do not want to be able to log into your phone, which they probably will not have .
Commonly, these codes are sent via text message, but SMS is not ideal for search authentication because it is not built with security in mind. SIM hijacking.
This might sound annoying. Do it anyway.
A lot of sites offer two-factor authentication at this point, and ideally, you should use it wherever it's offered. If that's too much for you, make sure your email address is locked down, because anyone with access to that can reset all their other passwords easily.
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Back Up Your Computer (Seriously)
If you're on a hard drive, you're going to lose it. It's a matter of when, not if, the drive wants the.
Which is why you need a backup strategy, especially for your irreplaceable family photos and videos. We've talked about the best way to back up your computer, and you should follow that advice, making sure you have at least one remote backup using a backblaze like service.
Seriously: You know you should do this, but if you have not done it yet, do it now. It only takes 15 minutes.
Do not forget about the photos and videos stored on your phone, either. Google Photos stores an unlimited number of photos and syncs them from Android and iOS devices automatically. Set it up, or something like it, so that you can access your photos even if you loose your phone.
Backing up your data so you're a potential defense against ransomware, which encrypts your data and demands you to get access back. Instead of paying up, you can […] RELATED: What's the Best Way to Back Up My Computer?
Update (or Upgrade) Your Router
Your wireless router is the gateway used by your computers, phones, and smarthome devices to access the Internet. Yes, even WEP is remarkably insecure. [19659002WPA2encryption-ifitisnotcaneasilyaccessyourhomenetwork(yesevenWEPisremarkablyinsecure)] Thanks to the KRACK vulnerability, however, WPA2 is not as secure as it used to be. Smarthome devices may not be patched yet.
The simplest way to resolve everything is to update your router, so resolve to get that done soon. Wi-Fi signal speed and strength. If there are any updates to your router, consider upgrading your router to a new model-it's probably been a while since you have it.
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Clean Out Your Browser Extensions
Most users collect a lot of browser extensions over the year, but they turn out to be a privacy nightmare.
This year, in the meantime, it is rather common for you to download your own browser extensions.
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Remove Unused Third-Party App Access From Google, Facebook, and Other Accounts
Similarly, your Google or Facebook account can link to third-party apps so they can be used as calendar, contacts, or other info. But most of us forget about services. The services have not forgotten, however, and may still be accessing your data regularly-which is a problem if they ever get hacked, or just start doing sketchy stuff.
remove unused third-party app services.
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Encrypt Your Computers and Phones
If anyone has access to your computer, they can not access your data-even if they do not know your password. That's unless your computer's hard drive is encrypted. It is the most surefire way to protect your information against theft.
Happily, in 2018 this is a quick resolution. You can enable full disk encryption on Windows easily enough, and encrypt your Mac hard drives is not difficult either. Your iPhone and iPad are encrypted by default, assuming you have a PIN, and your Android phone is so simple to do.
There's no excuse not to do this, and your information wants to be more secure after you do. Do it! Do it now! It's a simple first step toward locking your data down in 2019.
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