Future Crimes

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    Hack5190

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    Just finished reading this book (www.futurecrimes.com). It's a good read if you have any interest in or are a user of cyber technologies. For me it hasn't increased my concerns or paranoia, they were already at 110% :cool:.

    The author presents some recommended security measures (he calls UPDATE) at the end of the book that I think is worth repeating here:

    UPDATE

    Update Frequently:
    Modern software (operating systems, programs and apps) are riddled with bugs - security vulnerabilities which hackers use to break into your computer, mobile phone and other devices. Plug those holes by setting your software to automatically update from trusted parties.

    Passwords:
    - Do not use the same password across multiple sites.
    - Use a password management program to generate long (20 digits or more) unique passwords without the need to memorize them all. Only use password wallets from well-known and established companies such as 1Password, LastPass, KeePass and Dashlane.
    - Take advantage of two-factor authentication whenever possible. Companies such as Google, Apple, Dropbox, Facebook and PayPal allow you to register to receive a unique one-time password via SMS or app directly to your mobile phone. Doing so means that even if your primary password is hacked, thieves still cannot access your account without physical access to your phone.

    Download:
    - Download software only from trusted parties, such as Apple's App Store or directly from a company's own verified website.
    - Be highly skeptical of third-party sites offering "free" software.
    - Use settings in both Windows and Mac to "whitelist" software, so that only approved programs from identified vendors can run on your machine.
    - Pay attention to apps and their permissions. They are "free" for a reason and you're paying with your privacy.

    Admin:
    - Administrator login accounts have the highest level of privilege to make changes on your computer. If you are logged-in as the administrator and accidentally click an infected link or open as attachment containing malware, the malicious software can freely implant itself in your computer.
    - Instead, create a separate standard "user" account to perform the majority of your work and online browsing. That way, if you accidently download a virus, Trojan or worm, the malware may well require administrative access, giving you a warning sign.

    Turn-Off:
    - Turn-off your computer or at least your WiFi connection when not in use. Thieves cannot reach out and touch your machine when not connected to the internet. Simply keeping your computer offline when you sleep can reduce your threat profile by 1/3'rd.
    - Additionally, turn off services and connections on your smartphone when you are not using them. Keeping Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC and cellular hotspots active at all times provides additional avenues for attack.

    Encryypt:
    - Windows and Mac both include free programs for full hard disk encryption (Bitlocker and Filevault respectively)
    - Use Virtual Private Network (VPN) software, especially when on public WiFi networks such as those at airports, coffee shops and hotels to protect your communications.
    - Setting a password on your smartphone in the latest versions of IOS and Android, not only limits access to the device, but encrypts your data as well adding another layer of privacy and security.

    ** The above list was copied from 'Future Crimes' by Marc Goodman - www.futurecrimes.com
     
  2. spf2 macrumors regular

    spf2

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    Thanks for posting. This should be learning 101 for anyone using the internet. Unfortunately even today's professionals don't do half of these things.
     

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