I am pretty good at finding information, people, books, music, all I need is a piece of info about it, and I can track down almost anything and look, there’s pretty much nothing you can do if someone wants to get your personal information and has the time for it.
The point of me saying this is that a hell of a lot of people don’t give a rats ass about their security and privacy online, if I can find it without being a 1337 hacker or having any knowledge of hacking at all then a lot of other humans & machines can find you too and do god knows what with that info, “looks to Facebook”
If Online Security were all that mattered, computers would never be turned on, let alone hooked into a network with literally millions of potential intruders.
So now that I scared the hell out of you and you checked all your profiles wondering if they are save, here are some things that I came across and will help you to stay save online. This is basic stuff since I am trying the more advanced things out myself and will write a comprehensive guide on CyberSec at a later date.
Basic shit that nobody does:
Use strong fucking passwords and different ones for each account you have.
Yes, I know, it’s tedious to keep a list with all your passwords and usernames but listen, what do you prefer? Getting all of your shit hacked and potentially have your life ruined, or lose one max two accounts? Thought so.
Here, for example, is a complete list of very common and uncommon passwords that HAVE or still ARE being used!
“These are REAL passwords. Every once in a while, a popular site has a high-profile security leak and passwords are released freely across the internet. Some of these passwords can be found on aggregator sites where they are separated from usernames to protect the unfortunate victim.”
Always assume that all email services that are free and based in the US or Europe (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) are “bad.” If you can, then play with the idea to pay for a service, such as Fastmail, that is not based in the US or Yandex which comes from Russia.
The problem with email is that while there are ways to keep the emails private via encryption, the metadata that goes with the message can still be revealed, and there’s no way of encrypting that AFAIK because it’s needed by the routing system.
Several tools have taken the difficulty and lowered the entry barrier of encrypting and decrypting. GPG, for example, is an open source plug-in for the Apple Mail program that makes it easy to encrypt & decrypt. Windows has a similar program.
Avoid them altogether if you can. If you must use them then at least make sure it’s encrypted. An option people use however is running your own cloud service using something called PogoPlug it’s similar to Dropbox, but it runs on internet connected drives that you own and control.
Get rid of your Facebook account. And if you must use it, create a “fake persona” use a made up name, address, date of birth, false interests, etc. And remember that, no matter what your privacy settings, you don’t have control over information about you that is posted by your friends.
You can read my previous post on this but in short:
All the big search engines track your search history and create profiles on you to serve you personalized results based on your search history. If you want to break free from this “profile building” you need to switch to a search engine that does not track your every move.
Frequently back up important documents and files
I learned that lesson the hard way when my PC gave up, and I had no backups whatsoever, so don’t be me and back up your data frequently. Doing that protects your data in the event of a system crash, hardware failure, or virus attack. I recommend saving files in multiple places better to be safe than sorry in that case.
Avoid threats to your computer
Think before you click! Meaning don’t click on random links, verify the link before you click on it, if it links to a site you don’t know then check it first before clicking on it.
If you receive a message out of the blue, with nothing more than a link and a bit of text, do not click it.
Remove unnecessary programs and services from your computer.
And last but not least remove any software and services you don’t need. Do everything to minimize the risk of potential damage.
I know that a lot of this is tedious but I highly recommend that you do it anyway, it’s for your own good. Do it and make it a habit to take care of your privacy. Privacy is a luxury so treat it as such.
We shop online. We work online. We play online. We live online. As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being disrupted or misused becomes increasingly important. -Futurelearn
As always thanks for reading. I hope this helped you somewhat and until next time.
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