Security Course

Safe Living in the Internet Age

Easily Build Both Security and Convenience Online

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  1. If you’re a techie and scared about the safety of your loved ones, and want a helpful lesson plan to guide you through making them safer.

The Scary Stuff (What Can Happen)

When a hacker compromises your password, they can lock you out of your own account, and do any of the following:

  • See and delete everything you care about — your messages, your photos, your documents, your memories
  • Use your identity to send emails, sign up for services including loans, and use your private information to hijack others including your loved ones
  • Get into your other accounts with the information from one account
  • Encrypt (garble) your data and hold you hostage to have it decrypted (ungarbled)

Common Fallacies

I find it can be easy to justify why you don’t need to think about security. Here are the most common ways people convince themselves they’re ok:

  • “I have nothing to hide, so I’m not a target”WRONG: Even if you have nothing to hide, your private information (banking info, private convos, private documents) can be used to build up a false identity, steal your assets and create a world of nightmares that could cost thousands and stick with you your entire life.
  • “I don’t use my computer or phone for that much”WRONG: Unless you don’t use the internet and have zero accounts with any private information, you are a target.
  • “I have anti-virus, so I’m ok”WRONG: Viruses are only one of many methods to hack you. There are social engineering tricks based on human psychology, phishing, security failures of systems you use and fraudulent companies to be worried about, just to name several.
  • “My bank locks out after 3 failed attempts, so I’m ok!”WRONG: Hackers don’t tend to use the website itself to crack your password, they crack passwords offline and only try them once they know they are correct.

Those Devious Hackers (How It Happens)

Today’s world is getting more connected, and with that comes a whole bunch of ways attackers can compromise your life. How do hackers actually get at your data?

  • Security vulnerabilities — engineers accidentally leave flaws in programs like the iPhone software, your web browser, the WiFi network you’re on, etc. Hackers exploit these.
  • Phishing attacks — trickster emails or sites that try to look legitimate to get you to enter your information
  • Malware / Viruses — programs that run on your computer or phone and scrape up information including passwords
  • Brute Force attacks — scripts that run on lists of passwords from hacked websites to break everyone’s passwords; how easy this is depends on how much attention each site puts into security
  • Be careful opening files or apps downloaded from the internet
  • Be careful browsing and clicking on links while browsing
  • Be careful clicking on links from emails, even from loved ones

OMG my security is TERRIBLE (What now??)

You should be sufficiently scared and sweating by now. But fear not, I promise it isn’t very hard to get to a much better place. And don’t feel bad, this is a normal feeling!

Lesson Plan

I am even more of an efficiency nerd than a security nerd and do NOT want to add complexity or intrusion to your day. I believe security can be convenient. Hop in below and start getting more secure right now.

Score Card

This scorecard will give you an idea of where you’re at. You can download it, print it and fill it out. If you don’t understand something, give yourself a zero.

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