Internet Security Tips

#1 Internet Security Tip

LIE!

Everybody wants your personal information, only a few need the real stuff. Make up a false ID and use that when you are asked for your personal information. If they need your real information, that is a topic for another time. Write down the details of your alternate ID so you can be consistent. If you need help creating a fake ID goto http:\\fakenamegenerator.com



#2 Internet Security Tip

Don't be literal in multi step passwords.

When a web site wants you to tell them the city you were born in or your mothers maiden name as an extra security step to log in. Never give them the real answer! That can be too easily found out by hackers. Use another password, or something you can remember that is unrelated to the real answer.



#3 Internet Security Tip

http: vs https:

If there is no S after HTTP then do not enter any personal information!

The S lets you know there is some Security in the communication between your PC and the web host. If there is no S then every thing you type is open to the world.



#4 Internet Security Tip

Email travels naked.

You may connect to your email host on an https: connection (see tip $3) but the connectin between email servers is not encrypted. Never put personal information in an email that you are not willing to share with the world.



#5 Internet Security Tip

How long is yours?

There is more to it than size, but 12 is a good starting point. You passwords should be at least 12 characters and a combination of Upper and lower case, numbers and a special character or two.



#6 Internet Security Tip

How many? How often?

Everything should have its own password. It is a reasonable assumption that a hacker has already stolen your password from at least one site and no one knows they did it. Change all of your passwords at least twice a year, just like you change the battery's in the smoke detector.



#7 Internet Security Tip

They are not created equal

The password managers built into web browsers do Not encrypt the passords and are easily stolen. Tow good managers are Last Pass and KeePass. KeePass is free and does a good job. LastPass is cheap ($12 per year) ad does a better job.

KeePass
LastPass


#8 Internet Security Tip

Do the two step

This will take some time to learn but it is worth it.

Two factor authentication can be summed up as something you know and something you have. For the things that you need to keep save you need two factor! Sites that ask multiple questions for you to log in are Not two factor they are multi one factor. A second factor is something that can produce a one time password, like Google Authenticator (phone app), or YubiKey (key chain USB).

Google 2 Step
YubiKey