Internet Security Measures – Protecting your digital life

This Internet security post contains recommended techniques to help protect your digital life. Take these measures now to harden your Internet security and start protecting your online identity immediately. Anyone can use these techniques to make seemingly innocuous daily communications and transactions over a billion times more secure. That’s no exaggeration.

With the techniques below, it will take a hacker longer than the life of our Universe to hack into your accounts.


Links Used In This Post

https://msevensoftware.com/msecure_ios
https://msevensoftware.com/support
http://www.aescrypt.com/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aescrypt/id791675640?mt=8
http://www.aescrypt.com/documentation/AES%20Crypt%20User%20Guide.pdf
https://onetimesecret.com/
https://encrypted.google.com
https://www.duckduckgo.com
https://www.google.com/settings/dashboard
https://maps.google.com/locationhistory/b/0/settings
https://history.google.com/history/edit
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/1181035?hl=en


Password Security

This is the first and most important step towards better online security.

Do your passwords look like this?
P4ssword

or even this:
MyCity!

This can be cracked in an afternoon. Here are some guidelines for your passwords.

DO
– make passwords long and encrypted like this: Ltur$N2LZ0m4ji5#PYSGe@eW<k8f
– pay attention to sites that don’t accept special characters like %$#@!<~
– at a minimum create long random passwords like jFEIAHD212hAda491D
– make your passwords as long as is allowed by the system

DON’T
– upload your passwords to the cloud
– upload passwords to Google Docs or any other place
– pick passwords you can remember

SOLUTION
– the ultimate password security solution is mSecure for iPhone and Mac.

https://msevensoftware.com/msecure_ios
https://msevensoftware.com/support


Sending Sensitive Data

When you send a password or any sensitive data, does it look like this?

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EFNzeb5GJq2n+LH2qPaE/hUN/5lXTwmDcPl9nV+VLturN2LZ0m4ji5PYSGeeWk8fuTd/jGctsBDG+Y4wRdDhIwp0Gt+V6OY9mZo
O8H5ojwR1okh1dZN6LQCoPktBONeIg5U/lwbJC5Q1O8EaRROCiQDcmJx5OZnC/YWnyidqOjJBXBsIq7eHV/72fK406L1yRWc2wP
FD7uYWz0z9CFRPCibyWp/xlGGY2MKOQQp4ZZsMzDkEOdKHmITtEjkgY6hZHM0MOm6vYBO8GGgqI0Xc+DtRnE9puOkGvGDzIADkCO
vqOKo8jdKEsrDshzZ5Sc30hnDM2RnwoaWNJ0JXtKnQzCNcLRHrGVZrl71/ikaHdKNQWzSd8WCQD
————

If not, this could be a problem.

SOLUTION
– get AESCrypt to send encrypted messages and data

http://www.aescrypt.com/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aescrypt/id791675640?mt=8
http://www.aescrypt.com/documentation/AES%20Crypt%20User%20Guide.pdf

There is an iPhone app and desktop program. You can save a file as encrypted, drop it in your Dropbox and then open it on your iPhone.

Need a super fast way to send a password or other sensitive data? Try OneTimeSecret.com

https://onetimesecret.com/

You can send a secret link that only works once and then disappears forever. Keep sensitive info out of your email and chat logs.


Searching and Browser Security

https://encrypted.google.com
Always use this, it doesn’t make you anonymous but it eliminates middle men from snooping

https://www.duckduckgo.com
Use this in a different browser for anonymous searching


WIFI Security

DO
– engage WPA2 encryption and nothing less (no WEP)

DON’T
– have a simple password
– have a standard SSID (Network name)


Avoid Being Tracked

– don’t use the same email system (e.g. Gmail) and search engine from the same company
– if you use Gmail, spread your searches over Bing and Yahoo
– if you use Yahoo mail, use Google to search
– turn off your Web History in Google!

https://www.google.com/settings/dashboard


Google

Do you love Google? The following are some recommended measures you can take to tighten up your Google privacy and security.

Your Google Dashboard is the core of your Google life:
https://www.google.com/settings/dashboard

From that page, do the following:

Disable Location History
https://maps.google.com/locationhistory/b/0/settings

Disable Web History
https://history.google.com/history/edit

SUPER TIP: If you use GMail, use a different search engine than Google (e.g. Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo). If you use Hotmail or Yahoo Mail use Google to search the Web.

If you use Google Sync with Chrome, make sure everything is encrypted!
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/1181035?hl=en

From that page:
When you sign in to Chrome and enable sync, Chrome keeps your information secure by using your Google Account credentials to encrypt your synced passwords. Alternatively, you can choose to encrypt all of your synced data with a sync passphrase. This sync passphrase is stored on your computer and isn’t sent to Google.

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Adjust encryption settings

1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
2. Select Signed in as <your email address> (you must be signed in to Chrome already).
3. In the “Sign in” section, click Advanced sync settings.
4. Choose an encryption option:

Choose: Encrypt all synced data with your own sync passphrase

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