4 Things you must do to improve your online security

In this post I describe 4 things you must do to be safer online.

1 Get a password manager and use a complex unique password for each website

I cannot stress how important this is. If you use the same password on every website and one of those websites has a hack or data breach, all the other websites can be hacked too. I’ve done loads of research on the security of password managers and I recommend LastPass. It is free for desktops (windows and Mac) and it costs the same as one cappuccino per month for the premium service which allows you enable Two Factor Authentication (See 2) and to use the mobile app on iOS and Android. Use this link and we’ll both get a month of premium free: https://lastpass.com/f?4456036

2 Enable Two Factor Authentication on every website that supports it

Often abbreviated to 2FA, this is when you have an app that gives you a code or have a code texted to your phone in addition to your password. This makes it much more difficult for hackers as they need your mobile phone as well as your password to log in. Most major providers support this. Login and check out your security settings in each website you use. Here’s a great article that walks you through the setup on many popular sites.

3 Have anti-malware software and keep your device software up to date

I know it sounds obvious, but make sure automatic updates is turned on for all your tech. Many devices auto-update by default but you should check anyway. You must also have anti-malware software, even Mac users! The idea that Macs are not vulnerable is a myth.

4 Sign up for services that look for data breaches containing your email address(es)

I use https://haveibeenpwned.com/ which is one of the longest running services. Check out this article for more information on hack monitoring services.