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How to Secure Your Digital Life

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Your Purpose Focused Digital Protection Plan

Marc Goodman

How to Secure Your Digital Life

Marc Goodman

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17. Your Purpose Focused Digital Protection Plan

Lesson Info

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.

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!