With convenience comes a sacrifice of security
If you’re thinking it’s time for a computer upgrade, you’ll enjoy the options presented in this episode. If you’re concerned about getting hacked, we’ve got you covered on what to do to protect your computer and your business.
It should be noted, in this episode when Kevin mentions services offered by Microsoft, that those similar services are also available with Google’s suite of products. I wanted to say this because well… I’m Google-centric. Is that a word? My spell-checker thinks not.
I also wanted to apologize for the clicky sounds you hear from Kevin’s side of the conversation. I’ve done what I can to remove them, but many still exist.
We start the conversation talking about John’s pending computer upgrade options:
What can you do to protect yourself with your home computer now that you’re working at home? Here are Kevin’s recommendations:
Regarding CryptoLocker, don’t put your trust in only one company to protect yourself. There’s only one way to protect yourself: a backup that is not permanently attached to your device. Kevin recommends using BackBlaze. It’s about $60 per year.
We go on and talk about email attachments carry malware payloads and how best to protect yourself from them:
With convenience comes a sacrifice of security. Use two-factor authentication (2FA) also called multi-factor authentication (MFA). Google Authenticator is one such app you can use on your phone to authenticate entry to a website or service.
Next, we talk about passwords and using a password manager like LastPass. Kevin has another idea about keeping passwords. Kevin describes his simple process of how he creates good passwords. Here’s Kevin’s algorithmic password generator steps.
What are other ways to stay secure while working from home?
So we wrapped up talking about Microsoft, Google, their products, overall usage, and privacy/security features and John asks Kevin how he defines what a brand is: “I’d say it’s your public-facing image.”
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