Keeping your Data Safe in 2018

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This is a whole lot more than ten security tips. It’s actually a security plan we put together for a client who had been hacked by a phishing scam and woke up to 20K taken from their bank account.

These plans are customized for each client so it may not suite your needs but most of the content is applicable for everybody. Also security efforts change over time so please use as a guideline and proceed with caution.

With 50 Million Facebook, accounts hacked today this is once again timely. One of the services we do is build personal and business security plans. If you want to schedule a free 15 min security consult click below and we can review your setup and make some suggestions. This especially valuable for travellers and people who tend to use public WiFi. Be Safe!!!


Action Plan


Computers

  • 3 passes of Kaspersky Anti Virus

  • 3 Passes of Sophos Home Version

  • Visual scan of Documents folder

  • Password protect Accounts

  • Check for Admin accounts

  • Consider setting up 2 User Accounts

    • Admin

    • Standard User

    • Use the standard account as the primary account and put a strong password on the admin account. Then any changes in the standard account will require admin authorization and will help you recognize when you are giving a program admin permission.

  • Remove Applications

    • Bit torrent

    • CCleaner

    • TeamViewer

  • Add Programs

  • "Nuke and Pave" ( Save documents to spare drive. Wipe drive and reinstall windows

Phones

  • Full wipe and reinstall on phones

Email

  • List all used and dormant email addresses

  • Any email add Two Factor Authentication

Web

  • List as many sites as you can that you frequent that require Log In Credentials

    • Financial

      • Banks

      • Accounting software

      • Investments

      • Credit cards

      • Credit monitoring

      • Point Reward Systems

  • Social

    • Facebook

    • Twitter

    • Pinterest

    • Instagram

  • File Sharing

    • One Drive

    • Dropbox

    • Box

    • Google Docs

    • iCloud

    • Online Back Up Services

  • Add HTTPS Web Extension

  • Remove Flash

  • Add 1password Web Extension to all browsers

Change passwords on each of the sites listed above. Most if not all of these sites will have two-factor authentication available. Turn on for each site. This requires your password and a code that is usually. Sent via SMS to your phone. If the site is accessed by a new location/device or if changes are made to the account i.e. Passwords and emails.

  • Add each site to 1Password

  • Delete all saved passwords on all browsers

  • Turn off option to save passwords on browsers

Home

  • List all connected devices

    • Security Cameras

    • Web Cameras

    • Internet of things

  • Install Router with strong Firewall and VPN capabilities

  • Change Wifi Password to Strong Password ensure WPA2 encryption is used

    • Add guest wifi

    • Don't give access to main wifi

    • Set up a VPN

Travel

  • Do not connect to free wifi without using a VPN preferably a remote VPN through your home internet connection if not available then use a reputable VPN provider Tunnel Bear.

  • Tunnel bear has apps for both PC and Android

  • Use cellular data when possible