iSD in the Tech Age!
Net-self-defense, we spend an exorbitant amount of time on our physical defense training and then we forget that our lives are in just as much danger of "Grave Financial Harm" or Financial ruin (Death) as if we are attacked by a street predator. Research and studies show, from the security experts in this field, that Anti-virus and Firewall suites only catch about 5% of the threats out there and those same folks tell us that it is in all probability worse at the Enterprise levels.
My goal here is to educate myself, and by proxy, pass on what I learn to others so that each individual who is connected at any level can take steps to achieve some semblance of security in their electronic on-line lives. We are so deeply imbedded in modern technology that to not take appropriate actions to learn iSD or internet self-defense in the technological age is just foolishness.
My goal is to provide enough of a foundation that readers, like me, can take the appropriate actions, i.e., apply those fundamental principles of technological methodologies to safeguard one of the more important, actually critical, strategies and tactics to defend ourselves from grave economical harm or even economical/financial death or ruin from nefarious predatory hacking processes.
Nothing in this blog is definitive, it is meant to set a foundation of knowledge, understanding and awareness so that you are not one day blindsided by some effort to steal your very life out from underneath you so fast you feel like you have been hit behind the ear and knocked into a daze of confusion, fear and finally anger where your tech-life falls apart and ruins your real life utterly, completely and with no light in sight down that dark, empty and black hole.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
|Don't let your finances get caught in the pull of that black hole!|
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
|Beware the Ghost in the Code!|
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
- Keep your wits about you when you’re at the ATM, and avoid dodgy-looking and standalone cash machines in low-lit areas, if possible.
- Stick to ATMs that are physically installed in a bank.
- Be especially vigilant when withdrawing cash on the weekends; thieves tend to install skimming devices on a weekend — when they know the bank won’t be open again for more than 24 hours.
- Covering the PIN pad with your hand defeats the hidden camera from capturing your PIN — and hidden cameras are used on the vast majority of compromised machines (see the above paragraph for a reminder on obscuring the pin pad, etc.)
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
|Don't take the bait!!!!|
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
- Application White List: allow only specifically authorized programs to run on your systems.
- Block all unknown executable files and install routines.
- Patch, patch and patch all devices automatically on a daily basis minimum.
- Patch/update your Operating Systems automatically on a daily basis.
- Restrict admin privileges on all your devices and spend your time as a basic user while emailing, surfing and shopping, etc.
- Login as admin only you install new software or make system changes.
- Update frequently.
- Make passwords long and complex.
- Download from only known official sites.
- Use admin accounts with care.
- Turn off your systems when you are not using them.
- Encrypt your digital life.
- Protect your data both in storage and in transit across the web, encrypt.
- Use common sense with all your e-mail.
- Don’t use USB from sources other than yourself.
- Back up data frequently.
- Cover up your camera features on your computers and other networked devices.
- Sensitive browsing, i.e., do sensitive things like banking and shopping on computers that belong to you and avoid using wifi hotspots or unencrypted wifi at your home or work.
- Think, before sharing on social media and networks. Think, before sharing on social media and networks. Think, before sharing on social media and networks.
- Use the OS built in firewall.
- Insist on secure software.
- Require damages for non-compliance for secure software.
- Reduce/Remove unsolicited data source storage and collection.
- Secure those data sources with same damages for non-compliance.
- Kill the password.
- Encrypt code and apps by default and apply same damages for non-compliance.
- Educate the users.
- Required layered security involving technology and humans/users, apply damages for non-compliance.
- Make cyber-security a lawful requirement with damages for non-compliance on all Internet Access, etc.
- Make cyber-security a human-centered designed oriented thinking.
- Build more robust, responsive, and flexible defense methods for the internet, code, apps, programs, etc.
- Practice good cyber hygiene by practicing safe tech, i.e., ways to teach, train and practice by users with reminders about practicing good computer skills.
- Users take stewardship over their networks and devices, take personal responsibility and apply monetary fines when they fail.
- Provide the public with proven methods of cyber hygiene to protect themselves.
- Perform proactive network monitoring to detect infections and outbreaks of malware, etc. and apply damagers for non-compliance, etc.
- Provide global incident responses by experts as required and coordinate globally efforts to isolate sources of criminal activity by Crime, inc. and the uVerse hacking predators then levy high monetary damages for failure to comply.
- Develop rapid-response systems for new dangers like a bioterrorism creating new biological viruses, etc. and apply monetary fines for non-compliance at levels commensurate to the business/systems funding, etc.
- Create a worthwhile incentive program and competition for global security at a level at least commensurate to that of the criminal world.