How to digitally encrypt your life in less than an hour
Digital & Cyber Security for Everyone
An interesting and helpful article was highlighted to us recently that discusses and shows the benefits of securing your data and how to encrypt it, even for the less computer savvy users. Full details can be found in the following link and a summary follows.
Definition of Encryption from Wikipedia:
“In cryptography, encryption is the process of encoding a message or information in such a way that only authorised parties can access it and those who are not authorised cannot. Encryption does not itself prevent interference, but denies the intelligible content to a would-be interceptor.”
Tip #1: Use two-factor authentication on your inbox
Your inbox is the skeleton key to your life. If an attacker compromises it, they can not only read your emails, they can use it to reset your passwords for pretty much anything. This includes social media accounts and even bank accounts.
Tip #2: Encrypt your hard drive
Tip #3: Turn on your phone’s password protection
Thumbprint identification is better than nothing, but it’s often not enough.
An attacker will usually get 10 tries before your phone will completely lock them out. So if your 4-digit password is one of these common ones, change it.
Tip #4: Use different passwords for each service.
Passwords are inherently insecure.
Mark Zuckerberg used the password “dadada” on his LinkedIn account. Earlier this year, when hackers released 117 million email-password combinations, his was among them. Hackers were then able to use his email and password to gain access to his Twitter and Pinterest accounts.
Tip #5: Send private text messages with Signal or Telegram
Signal is a popular messaging service that got a perfect score from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. You can do all the things you would normally do through text messages, like have group messages and send photos and videos. Except that everything’s encrypted.
Tip #6: Your browser’s incognito mode isn’t private enough
Even if you use Chrome’s “Incognito Mode” or Firefox’s “Private Browsing”, the following parties will still be able to snoop in on your network activity:
- Internet service providers
- System administrators in charge of the network at your school, workplace, or wherever get online
- Google, or whoever made your browser
Tip #7: Browse in private with Tor
Tor stands for “The Onion Router” which is a reference to its use of many onion-like layers to mask network activity. It’s free, open source, and reasonably easy to use.
Tip #8: Search in private
If Tor isn’t convenient enough for you, you can at least search privately using DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn’t track you.