Security

  • Facebook security
    Everyone uses Social Media these days and we’re trusting it with more and more of our personally identifiable information (PII). Our interests, comments, check-ins, likes and the network of friends and family we build-up all contribute to a context-heavy online identity. If an attacker gains control of your online identity, they can easily: Steal all your personal information Post content and messages on your behalf to hurt you or your network of friends and family Use implicit trust to gain access to other online services Impersonate you, abusing the trust you have with your network of friends and family to … Read more
  • Personal online security checklist
    Here’s a set of guides I’ve put together to help you understand your online security posture and how you might improve it. Stop using the same password everywhere! Weak passwords and how to choose a strong complex memorable password Setting up and using a Password Manager Setting up and using Two/Multi Factor Authentication (2FA/MFA) Facebook security
  • Setting up and using Multi Factor Authentication (2FA/MFA)
    Table of Contents What’s wrong with my username and password?What is Multi Factor Authentication?Who supports MFA?Introducing Authy What’s wrong with my username and password? Typical online authentication requires a username and a password – this is something a user has to know. These can be (and are frequently) written down, shared with other people or leaked from hacked sites to the world by malicious third parties.. Users will often setup the same username and password with multiple online services. This is super-convenient because they only have to remember one set of credentials, but if those credentials get leaked, hackers will have … Read more
  • Weak passwords and how to choose a strong complex memorable password
    What makes a password weak? A weak password is one that can be easily guessed or broken. This might be because it’s made up of public information associated with you. For example: You or your family’s dates of birth Names of your family members Your pet’s names Your nickname your car your favourite football team etc. Your password might be a known default password. Many items of computer hardware which connect to the Internet have factory default usernames and passwords. These are often variations of the words admin and password. Recently installed, but unconfigured software or content management systems will often … Read more
  • Setting up and using a Password Manager
    Table of Contents What is a Password ManagerWhy should I use a PM?Important to understandGetting startedDisclaimerGolden RulesYou will not use the same PM account for work and personal stuff.You will disable, clear-out and never use the “password remembering” features of any browser on any of your devices.You will use your PM as your sole repository for passwords.You will never write down any passwords ever again.You will use the password generation feature of your PM whenever you are required to enter a new password.ChecklistDo this straight awayLiving with a Password ManagerUsing multiple devicesGotchasTips & tricks What is a Password Manager A … Read more
  • Stop using the same password everywhere!
    Table of Contents Why is this a bad thing?My password is secret, so no-one will ever know itCan I find out if my credentials have been leaked?What should I do?Set up and use a Password ManagerBe tidyBe disciplinedAdd an extra layer of security Why is this a bad thing? Using the same password everywhere makes everyone’s life easier. It means you can log into your bank, your online shopping, your mailbox and social media without having to remember dozens of passwords. However, using the same password on multiple online services is like using the same key to unlock your front … Read more
  • What to do if your Facebook account is “hacked”
    Table of Contents How might this have happened?What should I do?Secure FacebookStop using the same password everywhereUse your password manager to protect Facebook.Secure your online footprintStop your browser from remembering your passwordsTurn on two factor authentication How might this have happened? You have authorised an app in Facebook to post on your behalf Your have used the same email address and password on another online service and these credentials have been leaked/exfiltrated. You are using a weak easily-guessed password for either: Facebook (this is fixable) another service such as your mailbox (gmail, outlook etc) that an attacker has used with … Read more