We all do it at this time of the year: We make resolutions to do things better in the New Year. And why not? It’s a great thing to do, starting with fresh goals and a resolve to do better. Here are some ideas for you choose from with a security twist:
- I will change my critical passwords.
- I will finally start using a password manager (such as LastPass or KeePass).
- I will adopt an algorithm for generating strong passwords (at least 12 characters).
- I will use two-factor authentication where it is available (YubiKey and Google Authenticator come to mind).
- I will use encryption for all sensitive personal files on my digital devices, including thumb drives, laptops, smart phones, etc. (Rohos Mini-drive, AxCrypt, TrueCrypt, Wickr).
- I will establish a regular backup routine for all my devices that uses two different media and at least on copy off-site.
- I will encrypt my backup.
- I will become aware of physical security and make sure that my digital devices are always either in my possession or safely stowed.
- I will not blindly click on links in email, nor will I respond in any way to pop-ups or messages I am not sure about without checking them out first.
- I will not open any attachment in any email from anyone unless I am expecting it or absolutely sure of what it contains.
There is new or Earth-shattering here, at least nothing that I haven’t mentioned and advocated for years. Hit the comments and add your own.