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How to Secure Your Digital Life

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You Need A Back-Up Plan: STAT

Marc Goodman

How to Secure Your Digital Life

Marc Goodman

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14. You Need A Back-Up Plan: STAT

Lesson Info

You Need A Back-Up Plan: STAT

All right, we talked about ransomware, and what a pain in the butt it is, and really the only way to deal with it successfully is not to become infected. This is the best way to deal with ransomware, have back-ups of your data. Why? Well, it should be obvious by now. In so many cases that I've investigated, I've come across people who lost really significant amounts of money, data, had private, personal naked photos exposed, business expenditures exposed and the like. Think about Mat Honan, right? The best way to avoid this problem is to have a backup. We already talked about SpiderOak, which can help you put individual files in the cloud encrypted, but there are tools built into both Mac and Windows machines that you can also use to back up your data locally to an external hard drive. In the Mac world it's called Time Machine. Just turn this on, keep that backup drive connected, and your files will be continuously updated, and you can go back in time, you know, for a long time dependi...

ng on the size of your hard drive, and recover any of your old files, so this is a really good tool. In Windows they have something like it too. It's been called different things over the years. In some cases it's called Backup and Restore. In other cases it's called Build a System Image, so you'll have to look in your particular version of Windows. But the way both of these work is you back up the data, you connect an external hard drive. You can buy these at Amazon, Costco, you know, whatever store you like, and then just connect it and all of your data will be backed up. I recommend that you get a backup hard drive that is at least three to five times larger than your own hard drive, so you can back up more data and keep multiple backups available. You can do big ones or small ones. Another good reason to back up your data is hard drives fail all the time. I've had that experience, one of my drives crashed and I lost all of my data. So having multiple backups on a hard drive is a good idea and don't store them all in your house. Floods, fires, earthquakes, burglars, all of that stuff happens. Always store a copy off site. You need a plan B. And I think there's a good option for you, cloud backup systems. We talked about backing up your data locally. You can also back up not just individual files. Spideroak will do individual files. There are other services that will take every file on your hard drive and do a full image and back it up in the cloud, and the two companies that I see as being very well recognized and recommended are both Idrive and Backblaze. They've been reviewed by PC Magazine, Lifehacker, WIRED, TechCrunch, and they all get really, really good reviews. They will go ahead and allow you to back up multiple devices, take snapshots in time. They use 256-bit encryption and it allows you to see and access your files from anywhere in the world. So those would be Backblaze and Idrive, for the encrypted cloud backup of your entire machine. If you go ahead and back up all of your data locally on external hard drives, store one off-site, if you will, and then have a cloud backup, you really shouldn't have to worry about ransomware. That should make you much more robust against that type of threat, let alone all the other threats that we've spoken of. So that's my advice on backups. I'm happy to take any questions that you might have. Let's just take a few from online. So Cathy had said, I use Square in public art shows, with public WiFis to take credit card info after selling something. What could I do to prevent any issues? Because of course she really wants to sell her work. What would you recommend? Square is a very interesting tool, and for those people who don't know what Square is, it's basically a little device that you can plug into your phone or your iPad, and it allows anybody in the general public to take a credit card or a debit card for a transaction, and it's helped a lot of small businesswomen and men run their own businesses in a way that's very, very convenient without that big huge terminal. Obviously Square thinks about security, but there's even something better that you can do. They will encrypt the transactions, but if she was running a VPN on her device, on her tablet, so let's say that her tablet was connected to a WiFi in an art show or in a convention center. I would not feel as comfortable as if I had it connected to my own VPN. So if I was running those transactions through an iPad, as I mentioned you can connect not just a laptop, but an iPad or an iPhone or an Android phone to an encrypted WiFi network by using a VPN, and that would be the additional advice I'd give. Perfect, some great advice. Also Greg had asked, what do you recommend we do to keep up to date on this topic? You know, because everything's changing so quickly in the cyber world, and it's constantly changing. Things are constantly changing, and that's a great question. You know just a few years ago, now in my presentations I have a whole section on Amazon Echo issues that pop up from a privacy and a security perspective. I didn't have that a few years ago. I wouldn't have been talking about Square a few years ago. So the person who asked that question is exactly right. You need to keep up to date. What I can tell you and feel really, really strongly about is you have a profound and phenomenal basis as a result of this class, to reduce your risk 85% here and 99% there, 35% here, and that's gonna go a long way. I am giving you the best stuff up-front. Doing these things will do a ton to protect you, but as you rightly point out, there's always new emerging threats. I'm happy to have a partnership with Creative Live. We're thinking about new courses. This was level one, we're thinking about additional courses, a level two course, a special course for people who are parents, people who are entrepreneurs, startup, small business people, what you can do to protect yourself. Another thing that you can do is follow me on Twitter. I'm always putting out lots of great stuff about the latest threats. I'm @futurecrimes, so just go to @futurecrimes, follow me. Free tweets for life just for this audience.

Class Description

Are you ready for a proven, insanely simple plan to lock down your digital life, defend yourself against hackers and reduce your cyber risk by up to 85%? How to Secure Your Digital Life is a one-day program that has helped tens of thousands of people and can help you finally achieve peace of mind for all your online activities and digital life. With cyber attacks at an all-time high—and rising every day—you owe it to yourself and your family to learn the critical art of cyber self-defense. If you don’t protect yourself, who will?

Did you know...

• Everyday malicious hackers around the world release nearly 1 million new malware threats.

• Antivirus software only catches 5% of new threats targeting your computer.

• Identity theft strikes a new victim every two seconds in the United States, and children are more than 50 times more likely to suffer identity theft than adults.

• The average American has over 130 online accounts today; a number predicted to rise to over 200 by 2020.

• Ransomware attacks were up 250% in 2017 and are expected to cause nearly 12 billion dollars in damage by 2019.

• Nearly 600,000 Facebook accounts are hacked on a daily basis.

• According to IBM Security, 95% of data breaches can be traced back to human error.

Technology companies, app makers, and social media firms are vacuuming up every scrap of private data they can, including your location, personal photos, dating habits and entire browsing history. They can even remotely activate your phone’s camera or microphone—all without your knowledge. All of this personal data can be used against you, to determine whether you are offered that next job, promotion, car loan, or mortgage.

Today’s hackers, organized criminals, fraudsters, online predators and cyber bullies are threatening you, your family and your money on a daily basis. Don’t be an easy target, learn how to fight back. You may have heard privacy is dead and there is nothing you can do to protect yourself. This is not true. Companies and criminals alike want you to think that—don’t fall for it.

Small steps can make a huge difference in your personal and professional cybersecurity, and we’ll show you all the insider tips and secrets you need. There’s no such thing as perfect security, but after this class, you can  be vastly more protected and secure than you are today and Marc Goodman, the cyber security expert, who has helped tens of thousands of people protect themselves and take charge of their digital lives, is the guy to teach it to you.

Marc is the author of Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It. Future Crimes is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and was Amazon’s Best Business Book of the Year. Marc has an extensive background in global security and law enforcement, including work as a street police officer, undercover investigator and senior advisor to INTERPOL and the US Government. His pioneering work on cybercrime investigation has been featured on CNN, NPR, Larry King, PBS, the Tim Ferriss Podcast, and TED.

In this pioneering course on How to Secure Your Digital Life,  Marc shares with you the secrets to protecting yourself online and how to use the very best of the technological tools we depend on for our modern lives. You’ll learn the basics of cyber self-defense and quick, specific actionable steps to improve your privacy, security, and safety in the online world.


In this class you will learn:

• How to reduce your cyber risk by up to 85% or more.

• The #1 online security habit that changes everything

• Why experts who tell you privacy is dead are dead-wrong

• How to finally master and organize all your passwords in a simple easy to manage system

• Why you need to avoid using dangerous “administrator accounts” and how you are using them without even knowing about it

• How to use a Virtual Private Network to secure your connections when traveling, at the local coffee shop or home

• How to protect yourself and your children from identity thieves and scammers eager to take your hard-earned money

• About the rarely used, totally free tool that can make it nearly impossible to hack your online accounts

• How to protect yourself from the exponentially growing ransomware threat and how to prevent hackers from destroying all of your emails, photos, videos, and sensitive documents

• How to lock down your mobile phones against hackers, theft, and spyware

Whether you are a complete cybersecurity beginner or an experienced user, his class is made for anybody who uses the Internet, a computer or mobile phone and will cover Windows, Mac, iPhones, and Android devices. What you don’t know about Internet safety and security can harm you, your family and cost you your life savings. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a global cybercrime expert how to protect yourself and your digital future. This comprehensive, easy to understand, fun and the engaging course will crush your cybersecurity doubts. Defend yourself once and for all. Now’s the perfect time to take the next step to a safer, more secure digital future.  


Joyce Haven

Marc's class provides an excellent road map for making your online life safer. He provides clear examples and great resources that makes it easy to implement better personal security against identity theft and all manner of online scams. He's funny and engaging, and extremely encouraging. It was easy to go home and implement his plan. It also gave me the tools I needed to help my elderly mother safeguard her online presence as well. Great class, I highly recommend it.


Marc not only is a true and leading expert in cyber security, he also has a great way of teaching through a mix of compelling story telling and concrete "to-do's". The class is both compelling and extremely useful. I cant believe that this is not a required course at every high school and university. These are the real life skills we all need and Marc makes the complicated accessible. Great teacher, great class! I highly recommend it!

a Creativelive Student

Great course! This has given me so many tools to be able to better secure my digital life. I am eager to start implementing this info. Marc went over a serious amount of material in a one day class. It would be great if he does more classes at creative live. Thank you so much. I just turned on auto updates for my laptop operating system software!