Your Purpose Focused Digital Protection Plan
I wanna focus on one other really important point, and I've referenced this several times throughout our chat today. And it's the concept of developing your own purpose focused digital protection plan. Your own purpose focused digital protection plan. It's time to bring together everything that we've learned today and actually put it into action. And in order to do that, you must start with the most important question, which is why? Why are you doing this? Why should you care about this? Why would you do this, why wouldn't you do this? What is your why? Alright. Do you want to avoid having naked pictures taken of you in your own bedroom, like Cassidy Wolf and being sextorted? Do you want to avoid having all of your digital documents and photographs and videos and family pictures destroyed, like Mat Honan? Do you want to be able to protect your kids from cyberbullies, right? Do you want to be able to avoid having your bank account emptied? Do you want to protect your loved ones, right? ...
What is your why? If you don't have a why for doing this, you're not going to do it. And I hope, now, each and every one of you has a sense of your why. Do you? I hope. Why you might wanna do this? Awesome. So now, it's time to get motivated. We've come this far, we've learned a ton, now is the time to implement. And what I suggest is, when you guys walked in here, maybe you were thinking, I can't do this. It's really hard. Technology. Block chain, Java, C++, ah! My head hurts. Hopefully now, you know that you can do it. I hope you want to do it. I've shown you how to do it. Now when you go home, go try to do it. And start small, you have the steps in order, turning on updating your software is super easy. Follow those steps and you'll have win after win after win, and ultimately, you will have that success that we've been talking about, that 85% reduction in your cybersecurity risk, or 90% depending on what the particular issue is. But you need to have a plan, right. A goal without a plan is just a wish. That's why, for those of you who registered and paid for the class, you're going to get this personalized protection plan that you can use so that you can follow the steps and put everything into action. So let's do it. Right. I want you to understand that our goal here today was not to create a cyber learning program, though I hope you've learned a few things. It's about a cyber doing program, right. The knowledge you gained is great, but you know what, you don't have to understand how encryption works to use a VPN. Right. My grandmother used to say you don't have to be a chicken to judge a good egg. Right. The same is true here. You don't need to understand the bits and bytes of it, just know you should turn on your software, know you should use a VPN, know you should use a password manager. So let's go over all the steps really quickly so you have that action plan. Update. Update your computer software, your browsers, your plugins, your phones, the smart devices in your home. Set them all to auto update. On the password front, remember long and strong. Do not use the same password for multiple devices. Use a password manager like Dashlane. Definitely turn on two-factor authentication to reduce that 80% risk of access fraud. Write down all of your master passwords and your backup two-factor authentication passwords on paper and store them somewhere safe. From an access perspective, set a boot password on your computer. Have a password for every one of your online computer accounts. Have one your screen saver. Make sure that you turn on your software firewalls and hardware firewalls. Either the one that comes with your wi-fi router or something like the CUJO AI. Mobile phones need to also have their access protected. Turn on your password, your PIN, and your biometric finger print scans to lock down your phone. Also keep the software up to date on the phone, keep all your apps up to date on the phone. Turn on locations services so that you can find your phone, turn off frequent locations so that other people can't find you. And keep that in mind, given the number of phones we have stolen every year. Downloading. Only use the official app stores like the Apple app store and Google's official Play store. Beware of free software, there's lots of malware out there. Don't use peer-to-peer networks to steal movies and the like. It's loaded with viruses. And mine the apps. And in particular, the permissions that they're asking from you. Don't use administrator accounts. Do all of your surfing from a standard user account. Your shopping and your banking. You'll reduce, as we said from that Microsoft research, up to 99.5% of various operating system, browser, and Microsoft Office risk. Turn off your computer when you're not using it. If you don't wanna turn it off, at least go ahead and turn off the wi-fi or unplug the LAN. Turn off all the ports on your mobile phone and tablets when you're not using them. Each one of them is an open door into your world. If you don't need it, don't use it. Encryption. Turn on full disk encryption. If you're using Windows, that's called BitLocker. It's called File Vault in the Mac world. SpiderOak will keep your files encrypted for several individual files. Set your passwords on your mobile phone and that will encrypt them on iPhone world. A little bit more complicated, an extra step in Android world, you have to turn it on affirmatively. Use encrypted chat apps if you want to chat privately. Things like Telegram, Signal, ProtonMail for email. For travel and tech, don't log in to anything on a public computer. It's okay to surf, no public information. If you're going to use public computers, just surf from them. If you want to use your own devices in public from a public wi-fi network, at an airport, a hotel, a university, convention center, make sure that you're using a Virtual Private Network that will encrypt all of your traffic so bad guys can't have access to it. The companies that I had recommended were NordVPN and TunnelBear among others, so check those out. For ransomware, it's really hard to deal with once you've been infected. The trick is, with this incredibly increasing threat, is not to get infected. And the way not to get infected are all those great steps we just talked about. About admin accounts, software up to date, and most importantly, backups. If you've got your backups, you will be in good shape against ransomware threat. Backup locally to a hard drive, an external hard drive USB. Store one off site. And definitely consider using cloud backup services, and there's some really good ones out there like iDrive and Backblaze that you can use. The hacker mindset? Expectant. Like they expect it. Hacker's gonna hack. Think about what they do, think about how they're trying to trick you. Don't automatically click on things. Stop, think, then click. Hover over any links that look suspicious and look at them closely before you actually click. For your smart home and all other other devices from your gaming console to your DVR that are connected to your home wi-fi network, get a hardware firewall like CUJO AI to protect you. Cover up your cameras when they are not in use. That will also avoid any really embarrassing incidents and other troubles that you just don't wanna have to worry about. All of this information is included if you buy the class in the Personalized Digital Protection Plan. It's actionable, right. A lot of the advice that I've seen out there on the Internet say things like, be careful when online. Don't click on suspicious links. Right. It's bogus, right. It's just not concrete at all. What I've tried to do today is give you actionable, concrete steps that you can put into use easily without a high degree of computer knowledge and ones that are guaranteed to have a high return on investment of your time. So you can set it and forget it and move on with your lives.