Why 2015 is much like 1939
December 21, 2014
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It's certain that we are in a Cyber War. On one side we have government, companies and ordinary users. On the other we have rogue nations and criminals.
What are the expectations? The war will go on as long as secrets exist and that's forever.
Here are some things you can do to help protect yourself. It's a very harsh and long list. It's hard to do, but here goes:
1. Get the best and most reputable anti-virus software you can buy. Consult ratings like PCWorld. Forget the free stuff.
2. Don't trust anybody. Don't get on friend's networks. Their home network may be infected.
3. Don't let friends/clients get on your home or work network. They can infect you.
4. Don't go to obscure net sites. If you want to do this, set aside another computer which will become your primary surfing machine.
5. Redo your passwords once in a while. Make them long with caps on and off and numbers mixed with alpha characters.
6. Use large email companies like Microsoft's Hotmail or Google's Gmail They try to scan your emails before they down load. They can afford to invest.
7. Make sure your virus protection warns you visually about web sites that they don't trust. (McAfee from Intel is good at this.
8. Pay a little more for your credit card. The top end cards look for unusual transactions and notify you.
9. If you have to send sensitive information over the net, then encrypt it.
10. When you select an internet provider see what their safety record is. Sometimes that's a web search or a call to the provider. They all should have something to say about how they mitigate and/or prevent invasions of privacy.
Secrets were hacked in 1939. Could it be that we have to marshal the same type of talent today to protect them? Excelent video with lots of lessons.
11. If you get a chance, talk to your MPP and MP about the government's role in protecting the net. Up to now it has been lukewarm at best.
12. Get in the habit of regular updates from your operating system provider.
13. If you have a MAC, don't believe their hype about MACs being safe. (See Forbes)
14. If you are privy to company or client secrets, don't save them on your personal computer. You might have it stolen or lost.
15. Make sure your computer has an entry password, so that when it goes to sleep, a low level criminal cannot jump right on without any trouble.
16. Save your valuable data like family pictures on the Cloud using programs like Dropbox or Microsoft and Google's Cloud equivalents.
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