McBoog: Six Steps to Better Post RV Computer and ID Security I know I posted this in another thread, but this is VERY IMPORTANT people.
My 2 cents.
I worked cyber investigations for quite a while. Many of you here are much more vulnerable because of what you have already done on the Internet than you can ever imagine.
Here are some immediate steps to take post-RV to help protect yourself.
1) change ALL of your passwords immediately. Not just your email, EVERYTHING. make them long and difficult to remember. Write them down and keep in a day safe. No words, no attributable info (family names/initials, pets, DOBs, address numbers, etc.). A good pass word would be HyJMdV72@5&hwIY (randomly typed). Do this monthly! There are good secured apps for your smart phone to store them in. If you can't easily remember it, that is a good thing!
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2) get an annonymizer service for ALL of your Internet activity. Other than your basic day account not connected to ANYTHING else, DO NOT do any financial banking on tablets or smartphones. Do as much of your BIG banking face-to-face as possible.
3) Get a shredder that is rated for top secret materials. We put together an entire years worth of "shredded" documents from a target's trash bags left on the curb that used a 1/4 inch, cheepo shredder. It takes a while, but if someone can steal millions from you, it is worth their time to put that giant puzzle together. Burning AFTER shredding is even better!
4) Stop using all of your email addresses and get new ones! Deactivate them and start fresh. Have different addresses for different things. Do not cross personal accounts with business accounts, EVER. if you do not know how to view imbedded information in emails and web pages, YOU ARE ALWAYS AT RISK!!!! Learn this as part of your pre-RV check list.
5) especially with your financial dealings, get secured email service. Barracuda and Comodo come to mind. Pay for it, don't use free. You can write it off as a business expense.
6) DO NOT SHARE YOUR FINANCE COMPUTER WITH ANYONE. No kids games, no extra software. Lock it down, get the best firewall and anti-virus you can. Buy your own operating system and wipe your new computer of all the pre-loaded junk they put on it. Have ONlY the programs on it you need to run your business. Do not do any casual surfing from this computer! It is a business tool and does not have to be super fancy, a quality, mid-range laptop with docking station will do. Back it up at least weekly, if not daily. There are good services out there for this as well.