Posts tagged #Security

Be safe on a strangers network

The trouble with a "stranger's network" is you don’t know who is listening to the traffic passing by.  A hacker might be present and capture your username and password to your email, Facebook account, or worse. Even on a “trusted” network like at work, you might want to 'cloak' your web activity.


VPN (Virtual Private Network) is an encrypted tunnel going trough the internet. It is virtually transporting your online presence back home or to another trusted server.  Using a VPN not only protects your internet traffic, but can also give you access to the internet in another country so you can see content, which is otherwise unavailable or hard to find.

You can create your own VPN or 
subscribe to a service like "Cloak".  Unlike other services, the Cloak app will activate itself as soon as you connect to a new network. So, there is no chance that you forget to turn on the service. If you want have more countries available to gain local access you might want to check out VyperVPN.

If you don't want to rely on a 3rd party VPN and or need to safely connect to your own office network, I can install can configure a suitable Peplink router for you.

Posted on May 8, 2014 .

2-Step Verification

It's easier than you think for someone to steal your password. Any of these common actions could put you at risk of having your password stolen:

  • Using the same password on more than one site
  • Downloading software from the Internet
  • Clicking on links in email messages
2-Step Verification can help keep bad guys out, even if they have your password.

With two-step verification enabled, you will always need two of the following to manage your Apple ID

  1. Your Password
  2. A Trusted device
  3. Your recovery Key

If you forget your password, you will need your Recovery Key and a trusted device to reset it. NO ONE will be able to regain access to your account. Therefor you must secure the Recovery Key in a safe place.


Apple-ID 2-step verification

Apple-ID 2-step verification

Apple-ID

Google

Dropbox

  1. Dropbox 2-step verification help article
  2. Instruction video Dropbox

Facebook:

Yahoo:

  • Finally Yahoo is taking security more serious. No support article to be found but you will be presented with the option to enable 2-step authentication once you log into your Yahoo! account.