Things that each of us should do

This is for all of us … yes … I know you’re a leet hacker ‘n all, but c’mon, we all have to do this stuff.

So let’s start… right now

 

  1. Password re-use. Yep, don’t be that idiot ! Make each password different.
  2. Change your passwords every 90 days. That’s 4 times a year … Oh and while you’re at it … change your Pin numbers too. When did you last change your debit card pin number ?
  3. Someone elses Wi-Fi. If you didn’t set it up then don’t connect. There is nothing so critical in the world that means you have to connect insecurely.
  4. Get a shredder. A good one. Spend your money and get something that you know will keep you safe.
  5. Use the shredder. You bought it so use it ! then spread the paper about. If you have a pet you now have bedding / litter !
  6. Sharing is bad. Don’t share. If they take your USB pen drive away, did they recover anything. Your WiFi is yours .. don’t share.
  7. Challenge if you’re not sure. If your CEO isn’t wearing an iD badge … be nice but challenge people who might be using social engineering techniques.
  8. Windows Key L or Linux variant. Just remember the old days of meatspin. LOCK IT.
  9. Work is work. Don’t mix your work email / social media with your home life. Keep your digital identities separate.
  10. Have iD at all times. Appropriate, current and relevant. Be ready to challenge people who aren’t ready.
  11. Help your friends. They can be just an easy route back to you so help them be secure.
  12. Offer a free training course for colleagues on securing themselves. Start the wheels in motion.
  13. There is never a 13.
  14. Hack yourself. Yes, that’s right. I recommend looking yourself up to see how much data you are leaking. Then pen test yourself. is your home secure ?
  15. Alarm and alert. Not just house alarm, house locks, car alarm, immobiliser, alerts for you online –  use Google alerts for encrypted versions of your passwords, usernames, addresses.
  16. Have a business continuity plan for yourself. What would you do if …. ?

 

Well there you go … let me know in the comments below if you have any others you think should go on the list and we can develop it over time.

 

Keep Safe !

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