We are living in a world where technology is taking place in our everyday tasks. We have speakers, computers, TVs, printers, phones, and even vacuums interconnected to one another, always leaving a place for bad guys to grab control of our systems, and even worse, our personal information.
If you are one of those who believe that you do not have an “interesting” life for hackers, my friend, you are wrong. They are looking to get ahold of social security numbers, credit card information, data related to your work or your child’s school, anything that can open the doors for information they can use to perpetuate a profitable action.
It is time that we internalize that if we want to live with the technological advances of the 21st century, we need to start taking action to protect ourselves and our families from becoming another number in the hacking statistics.
CyberWarrior’s Tips for Your Security at Home
To make this article valuable for anyone out there, we asked our CEO, Reinier Moquete, what his top security recommendations are. Here are the four actions he suggests you start implementing at home as soon as possible:
1- Setting Up 2 Factor Authentication
How many passwords do you have? At least one for your Wi-Fi, your personal email, school/work email, each one of your social media accounts, banks, and others. It is pretty hard to create and remember a different password for every account. To better protect your data, it is important to add an extra layer of security.
The best way to do so is by setting up 2-factor authentication. With it in place, instead of gaining access to your account once you add your login information, you will need to complete a second step. It can be a PIN, answers to secret questions, an OTP (one-time password sent by SMS or email), a keystroke pattern, or more sophisticated options such as your fingerprint scan or iris scan.
The correct use of 2-factor authentication prevents anyone from accessing your accounts, even if they have one of the security parts of your login.
There are different options out there for you. Some of them are Google Authenticator, Duo Mobile, Microsoft Authenticator, FreeOTP, LastPass Authenticator, Authy.
2- Using a Password Manager
We highly recommend having a unique password for every account you own. Please do not use it more than once, as it increases the chances of losing more personal information. Also, it is not smart to write down your login information, as it can get to the wrong hands.
To ease this password handling issue, we suggest you get a password manager. It will encrypt and store your login information for every website you use and help you log in automatically. You will only need to remember the master password.
There are many options in the market, but at CyberWarrior, we believe that the best options are Dashlane, LastPass, and KeePass.
3- Connecting Through a VPN
Have you ever thought about what happens with your personal information online? Have you ever connected using public Wi-Fi? Or have you thought of who knows what your online activity is? If any of these questions made you nod, it is probably time for you to get a Virtual Private Network or VPN.
This is an encrypted connection between the device you are using (phone, tablet, computer, others) and the internet. Meaning that no one can see what you are up to.
There are a lot of good, free VPNs out there, but they have a limited selection of servers and only allow you to use small data to navigate the internet. That is why we suggest you invest in a trusty service such as ExpressVPN, NordVPN, Hotspot Shield, PureVPN, or IPVanish.
4- Turning On HD Encryption
One of the most powerful tools to protect the data in your computer is full disk encryption. It basically transforms the information stored there into an unreadable format that can only be decrypted by those allowed to access it with a secret key or password.
To do this on your computer, you will need to get an encryption tool and a storage backup drive. Among the best tools in the market are: BitLocker, Guardium, Boxcryptor, DiskCryptor, and VeraCrypt.
There is no 100% guarantee when it comes to security, but having in place all these four actions will help scare the hackers away from your home and family. And also, keep in mind that you should all read the basics of online security so you can prevent clicking on a phishing email, on social media cyber-crimes, or any other hacking technique.