I’ve become really upset by the amount of waste that exists because of those disposal K-cups from the Keurig machines and thought, “What if there was a reusable filter system?” Sadly for my entrepreneurial self, there is and it looks great! Check out Ekobrew and stop wasting money and filling landfills! Enjoy any coffee you like!
I guarantee most of you don’t have secure accounts. Email, Facebook, credit cards, your computer login and possibly EVERY ACCOUNT THAT USES A PASSWORD. I cannot guarantee that you’ll actually get hacked. So, think of my advice as insurance (in most cases free) to protect your accounts from being compromised.
If you want an in depth read into how your life can get turned upside down by losing control of one account and seeing it domino into all of your accounts, read this article in WIRED (“Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore”, Nov. 2012).
Let’s begin, shall we?
1. Setup “two-factor authentication” on your Google Account (or Yahoo). If you’re email service doesn’t have this feature, it’s time for you to switch email services. In short: this requires you to have your cell phone that can be sent a verification code when someone tries (including you) tries to log in from a new device.
2. Setup “Login Approvals” on Facebook. This is their form of “two factor” authentication. You can find it under Account Settings > Security.
3. If a website offers you the ability to log in or create an account using Facebook or Google, do it. Most websites are not using double authentication, so your password could get stolen if their system is hacked. No matter what, you’ll always have to be authenticated when you sign in with Facebook or Google.
4. For all websites that still require you to create a standard password, make it
impossibly long and incomprehensible four random words from the dictionary in a row (check out this comic strip). There are now password cracking systems that can churn through millions of combinations, so things like “myP@$$w0rd!” are no longer going to cut it. And “1234password”… no. But random words in a row… that’s insanely hard to crack.
I have started to use the program 1Password to store and access all of my passwords. It is a secure method that circumvents key loggers and has all of the information encrypted on my computer. There is an app available on smart phones so I can easily copy and paste my passwords into sites on my mobile phone when needed.
5. Put a pin number on your smart phone. Your smart phone should lock the screen immediately or at most 1 minute after the screen has been put to sleep. Your phone if stolen gives a stranger access to ALL your information: phone numbers, access to your Facebook account, Twitter, and much more. You owe it to yourself and your friends to protect that data.
6. If you have an iPhone, enable “Find my iPhone” in iCloud services. If you have an Android phone or Windows phone, there are similar services. Enable this and be ready to wipe your data if you can’t get your phone back.
7. Call all of the phone numbers for your credit cards, bank cards and wireless phone carrier and see if you can gain access to your account using simply your name, your full account number and your social security number. If they ask you for other easy information like “mother’s maiden name” or “birth date”, your account can easily be hacked.
In order to really test the system, when you call, act as though you’re a criminal. Be very short with the information you give out because often times the operators use your knowledge as an indicator that you’re the account holder.
Once you’ve established that you can easily access your account with the above stated information, ask them if there is a next level of authentication you can add. In most cases, there is an additional layer they offer, but you have to ASK for it.
8. Don’t store password in your web browser. This is not good. Just don’t do it. Turn off auto form complete for passwords. Use a real password service like 1Password or something else that integrates with your browser.
9. Make sure your computer has an admin password. Many times, this is never implemented and a hacker (or some malicious party that has access to your computer), can simply go to your “key chain” and review all your passwords.
10. Put a screen saver which requires a password upon wake-up on your computer. At work, if you are going to leave your desk, put your monitor to sleep or locked your system so it will require a password to be entered to gain access back to the computer.
11. ALWAYS log out of your accounts when you’re leaving your computer for an extended period of time. No more “auto sign-in upon start-up”.
These are my tips that I use. Remember, if it’s convenient to get into your account, it’s probably not secure. In addition, because we’re all very interconnected now on Facebook and other sites, when one person’s account is compromised, it may be putting others at risk as well.
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