Online Security

In this day and age where everything we do is largely based online, and hackers are constantly evolving and staying one step ahead of all security standards, it’s always nice to take a step back and evaluate yourself to see if you are adhering to a security standard yourself. Protecting your online life is a must in this day and age. If someone could get ahold of your email account that you use to log into your social media, all they would need to do is reset your passwords to all those accounts, and click the link in your email then reset your email password and your entire digital life is gone in just a matter of MINUTES. I’m going to go through some security features you may or may not be aware of to help keep your online presence locked down and secure.

Password Managers

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(Image courtesy of LastPass)

The first step in online security is a password manager. There are many different options to choose from such as Dashlane, 1Password, RememBear, and my personal choice, LastPass. According to a survey done in 2017 by the SecureAuth Corp, 81% of people surveyed used the same password on multiple accounts online. Once one of the websites is taken, the hacker then just will try that password on everything else and boom down goes everything that has that same password. A password manager is helpful to keep all of your online content secure with separate passwords, randomly generated to at least 12-16 characters. You need to remember just one password to log into the password manager (don’t skimp out on this one! Make it secure and write it down someplace you will never forget it!!) and then all of your other passwords are there for you to use. I love Lastpass because the main features are free, including my personal favorite multi-device sync. Also with the addition of password filling from third-party apps in iOS 12, once I reach a website (such as Netflix), my keyboard will havemy secure password ready to enter for me in one click.

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Image courtesy of LastPass

With the ease of how password managers can auto-fill in your data AND generate secure passwords for you, the benefits for using one and keeping your information safe and secure make this a great first step in your online security.

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

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(Image Courtesy of Falcon.io)

Now that you have your passwords unique and secure, there is still one more step to ensure hackers still do not get lucky in somehow cracking your password or it getting leaked online in a data breach. Two-Factor Authentication. With two-factor authentication, you will enter your password, and then you will get a time-sensitive code generated and sent to you via email, text or in a 2FA app (such as Duo Mobile, LastPass Authenticator or Google Authenticator) to enter along side your password. This verifies not only your digital token (username and password) but a physical component as well (access to your phone). Below are some resources for both Apple and Android on links to get the 2FA apps (easier in my opinion and also if you ever switch phone numbers, you can backup the data and not get locked out) and the instructions on how to enable 2FA on various platforms. I hope this was an informative guide on internet security and that it helps you in securing your digital life!

Mobile Two Factor Code Apps

Instructions on Enabling 2FA

Email Providers

Social Media Services

Financial Institutions

  • Check with your specific institution. Many of the bigger banks already have a form of multifactor authentication enabled by default to keep your financial accounts safe and secure

Hackintosh

 

My Hackintosh Setup
My Hackintosh Setup

Spent probably around 8-10 hours the past two days and I set up MacOS Sierra on my Custom built computer. It’s using my GTX 970 FTW for dual monitor support (hoping I could get my third monitor working but it doesnt seem to want to work). I used Unibeast for Sierra to put on the computer, for whatever reason High Sierra would not work, it wouldn’t recognize the boot drive. Hopefully soon I can try to upgrade!

Hackintosh PC Specs:

  • Intel i5-4670 3.4GHZ Quad-Core Processor
  • MSI H87-G43 ATX Motherboard
  • 16GB DDR3-1600 RAM
  • EVGA GTX 970 FTW+ 4GB Graphics Card
  • 2TB Seagate HDD (MacOS), 3TB Seagate HDD (Windows)

The rest are on PCPartPicker.com.

Blog Started!

Today, I decided to start a blog to keep track of all the projects I’m working on and share them with the world. I recently deleted my Facebook account and stopped using my Twitter and decided I still wanted to share things I’m working on but leave it with just technology so no personal items are mixed in the timeline. So this is it!