It seems that we hear about malicious digital attacks more and more often. With it’s host of solutions, the internet has also brought a new platform for people to commit crimes. Cyberattacks can even seem more personal than just stealing your wallet because so much of our information is stored on someone else’s database.
These attacks range from small hacks where someone may spam your Facebook, to a larger-scale attack of hacking everyone’s credit card information. However, no matter the size of the attack it’s important to be prepared against it. A successful small attack could lead to a successful larger attack. Spending the time to build up large walls of security around yourself now will save you a lot of trouble in the future.
Here at the Daily Mac View, we’re dedicated to helping you to have the best possible experience on all your Apple devices, and information security plays a big role in that. So here are few of my favorite security tips.
Sometimes the security threat isn’t so much data mining as it is just stuff you don’t want to see or you don’t want your family to see. This problem was solved pretty easily on computers with browser extensions like AdBlock, but a stable solution didn’t seem available on iOS for quite some time.
Weblock has become quite popular recently and it’s pretty easy to see why. It has so many customization options for almost any kind of app or website that you really couldn’t need another app to cover other ground. Weblock seems to do just about any kind of blocking and it does it all with a simple, user-friendly interface, so even the most novice of users can set up some security without too much trouble.
Passwords-Your Keys to Your Kingdom
Keys are a big part of our lives. We have keys for home, for the office, for our cars, and for various other things. But what do keys do on a fundamental level? They keep unauthorized people from accessing your stuff. Why are all keys different shapes and sizes? Because it makes it hard for unauthorized people to access your stuff through lock-picking. You wouldn’t want the keys to your car to look exactly like your neighbors house key! If they ever found out you might not find your car the next day!
Yet sadly, this is what happens so often on the internet. So often we think that we are not a person of great consequence (so why would anyone want my data?) or we think that the site we’re registering for is of little consequence (I still do this sometimes. I’m getting better). The truth is that neither of those scenarios are true. Hackers do want your data, and will use any means possible to get it (even through smaller holes in your security like seemingly insignificant websites).
Hackers may not be actively seeking out your information specifically, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to try and get it. I doubt that the people that hacked all of Target’s credit card information sat outside all of the Targets and wrote down everybody’s name, because they didn’t need to do that. They just needed to crack the code. To make things worse, they know that they don’t need to sit down and personally type in a billion different passwords until they get the right one when they’re computer can throw a billion different passwords at the security wall for them.
This leaves a big problem for you and I. How do we build a wall around our information that can withstand a computer’s attempts to break the code?
I feel that the reason we often make very simple passwords instead of complex passwords (like we know we should) is that there’s no way we could ever remember them all. It would just take too much time to memorize them or to open up an excel spreadsheet every time we needed our passwords.
What if I told you you could have the best of both worlds?
1Password combines your desires for strong passwords and easy access by storing your passwords behind a tight wall of security and giving you multi-platform and multi-browser-extension support for accessing your passwords. You can have all your passwords, anywhere you go. I especially love their browser extensions, which allow you to click-and-fill web forms with previously input data.
What Makes A Strong Password?
Well, there’s a lot of answers to this, but perhaps the easiest way to define this is to determine what isn’t a strong password. Generally speaking, the list would look like this:
Bad Passwords Include:
- Easily guessed phrases (i.e. “Password”, “passphrase”, “strongpassword”, etc.)
- Known information about yourself (i.e. Last Name, First Name, Phone Number)
- Anything short (generally fewer than 8 characters)
Passwords should be kept sufficiently long, should include upper and lower case letters, and should include symbols (if allowed, some places don’t allow all symbols). Now this all sounds hard to keep track of, but 1Password won’t only store your strong password, it will also generate and automatically store it for you!
Some Other Really Great Security Features
Now, this all sounds great, but what about all that other personal data besides passwords that you’ve got floating around? Well, 1Password has you covered there too. It can store all your personal items from rewards cards to social security numbers. It saves credit cards, software licenses, and bank account information. And for anything else that you might want to save, you can store just about anything else inside of a secure note.
The last thing I want to talk about with regard to 1Password is it’s Security Audit. The Security Audit feature will bring up information about your passwords so that you don’t have to go searching the internet for them. This gives you the time to update those passwords to something stronger.
As we become increasingly connected through the internet, we run the inherint risk of our information being stored in other places. This places a great deal of importance on implementing our own security measures. Don’t let your gaurd down!