1) Password protection is the first line of defense for your personal information.
Sharharris from HackerNest explained how foolish I have been about my passwords and suggested a best practice for online security. Four different and independent passwords for your online platforms.
- One for your insurance (you give them a ton of information and is often connected to your banking),
- One for online banking (obvious reasoning)
- One for your email.
- Use a fourth independent password to protect your less sensitive information (ex. Pizza Pizza online ordering).
2) VPN is your best friend.
Do not go with a cheap option when it comes to your VPN, the more you pay, the better protection and privacy you get.
3) Anti-Virus software is a paper tiger.
Anti-Virus is not a catch all protection product, it merely helps protect against low level penetration and only cleans out viruses the industry already knows about. It can’t protect you against the next gen of attacks.
4) The WannaCry hack is considered child’s play by the cyber security industry.
The next generation of hacks will no longer hold your data hostage on your servers but rather take it and threaten to publish it online if you don’t pay.
5) NEVER USE PUBLIC WiFi AGAIN.
The WiFi Pineapple is a device that acts like an open WiFi service in public places (Starbucks, Tim Hortons, etc) and it will look just like an open network you will see when you enter these kinds of places. What happens is that once you connect to the Pineapple, it will start to record all your keystrokes. It doesn’t matter how strong your online banking password is when someone has recorded it with a keylogger and now has it on file.
6) There is a booming demand for employees in the IT Security landscape.
Several speakers pointed out yesterday that most of Sheridan’s graduates in the IT Security programs are getting job offers 8 to 12 months before they graduate. This demand can only grow as companies invest in protecting their information and digital assets.