Security

We have put together the following links and resources to help you keep your data and gadgets safe.

Take some time today to make sure you’re secure!

Updated 10/24/18: We have been working with some friends who have some security issues.  Their Amazon account has been hacked a few times, the wife lost access to her Instagram account and a few other odd things that have them worried. 

Nate has been working with them to make sure they are doing the best they can. There is no sure fire way to prevent everything, but there are several simple things to do to make things better.

Note: If you are trying to make sure your business is secure, the recommendations get more complicated. Contact Nate’s business Consistent Tech to get a free evaluation.

Slow Down, Be Aware

We understand this is a hard ask, but most security issues are caused by not paying attention. A click on a link, an attachment on an email and boom your computer is taken over. Since this isn’t always possible, keep reading.

Backup, Backup, Backup

As Nate always says, “One Backup is None Backup”. The best way to protect your data is to have a good copy. That doesn’t prevent someone from getting something you don’t want them to have, but it does make sure you don’t lose it.

To learn more about backing up your data visit our backup guide (notnerd.com/backup)

pick a unique passwordPasswords

We understand, it is easier to use the same password everywhere, but once any of those services are hacked technically they are all hacked. Once a bad person gets an email and password they have programs that automatically go to every service on the internet and try it. They have also added options that if the password was ‘password1’ it will automatically try ‘password2’ ‘p@ssword’ ‘Password’ and all common variations on the original password.

  • Use strong unique passwords for every service you use. It should be something like ‘cw6!6FqyY3Ly’ (LastPass automatically generated this) or ‘wildfanclockremoteblanket’. I understand that is nearly impossible without a password manager.
  • Use LastPass. There is a free version that will work great for one person. They have a family plan that is $48/year https://www.lastpass.com/pricing
    • The family plan allows you to each have your own ‘vault’ as well have a shared ‘vault’ for common passwords for the family.
    • You can install LastPass on computers, tablets, and phones. So you have all your passwords in one place.
    • It will also generate very random passwords for you and test all your passwords to make sure you don’t have duplicates.
    • You only need to remember your master password to get into LastPass (I suggest a random 4-5 words with some symbols as well)

Passwords are not enough anymore. To easily add another layer of security, most services off 2 Factor Authentication. A 6 digit code is synced between the service and your app. You need your password and your app (thus the 2 factors) to login in. Use Authy 2 Factor Authentication on any service you can. It is free and based on Google Authenticator. It supports most services and unlike Google Authenticator, can be installed on multiple devices. https://authy.com/

Prevention/Scanning

Antivirus, Malware, Phishing, etc. There are all kinds of terms that we are scared with. Here is what we recommend:

For both Windows and Mac we strongly advise installing the free version of MalwareBytes and either run a scan every month or so or if anything comes up. There is a paid version that will automatically scan for you. We don’t have any experience with it but it looks like they have a version for Android phones too.

If you are on Windows 10 I suggest using the built-in Defender antivirus. For Windows 7 I would use something like Avast or AVG which are both free, but a paid version would be better.

On Apple computers having the MalwareBytes should be fine. On iOS (iPhones and iPads) you do not need any extra software.

We also strongly suggest Credit Karma for credit monitoring and freezing your credit.

Lost/Stolen Phone

On Episode 14 of the podcast, we talked about what happens when your phone is lost or stolen. The following are some links you will need if that happens. But before anything, make sure you have a strong pin/passcode and please make sure your data is backing up!

This page will be updated as we gather more resources together. It is a living page, if there is something you would like us to work on please let us know.

We talk about security a lot on the podcast, below are some recent episodes you should check out.

Episode 186: Bias Confirmed

Based on the first 12 minutes you might think the whole episode is about Amazon and Walmart. Much to your dismay we move on to tons of other news about famed industrial designer Jony Ive leaving Apple, Candy Crush, and Trump. Stick around for a great sidestep and gift towards the end. Enjoy!

Episode 185: How Not to Do Dumb Stuff

We continue our discussion from last week about the new world of subscribing to everything and what some of our most valuable subscriptions are. After that we have all kinds of technology news and tips including Walmart, child trackers, and Harry Potter. Enjoy!

Episode 184: Mmmbop Depop

Uber is looking to fly everywhere, Target couldn’t take your money, and let your inner child come out with all kinds of games and toys this week. If you’re looking to keep things a little more boring, we have a 300+ page internet trends report to read through. Enjoy!

Episode 183: Learn Something Fools

It is hard to follow Apple’s WWDC announcements which is probably why there wasn’t much big news in the world of tech this week. But don’t you worry, we have plenty of followup and other tech news to discuss. Enjoy!

Episode 181: Email’s a Drag

As we mentally prepare for Apple’s big WWDC keynote next week, there’s plenty to talk about in the world of technology in this episode. Whether you’re a mayor dealing with ransomware, looking for an expensive new/retro handheld gaming device, or needing an excuse to get outside this summer we’ve got you covered!

Episode 180: Pour One Out for Grumpy Cat

New cameras, phones, games and one-day shipping coming from Walmart, what more could you want in a podcast? Maybe some bear spray, Bitcoins or Grumpy Cat… We’ve got it all this week, plus some great picks of the week.