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Security 101, tips and tricks to stay safe!

I backup my pictures twice locally and twice online. I use Carbonite for one of the online backups, and I use the Amazon Prime (pictures are free) feature for the second online backup. Locally, or in my house I have an online and an offline hard drive. Why have tow? Well the second one has a full copy of the online one, but it is never online. It is the easiest ransomware protection system. Offline computer, offline drive leaves you less vulnerable to a ransomware attack. To be clear, Ransomware is an attack that encrypts your files, but you didn’t encrypt. Someone else encrypts the files on your computer and sends you a note saying if you send me 50 dollars, I will unlock your files.

It is illegal to do that, but as my father used to say I’ll Eagles, only care about getting better. Ransomware continues to grow. The WannaCry malware of last year held hospitals and another emergency/first responders hostage. The data wasn’t available until they paid the Ransom. Ransomeware doesn’t just strike businesses and hospitals. You can suffer a personal attack. So I keep an online copy of my files. If I am attacked, I shut down the computer and do not power on the other drive. I can then wait for the virus scanners to figure out how to remove the Virus. It took the primary virus scanners two full days to be able to catch and remove WannaCry.

The reality of the digital world is that more and more devices are connected. There are people who have the skills and understanding to take your computer off-grid. Off-grid is the fastest way to stay safe. But it is much harder for a computer to stay off-grid. You have to have a system. The simple answer to RansomWare is a disconnected hard drive.  A couple of days I talked about home wifi security. I use a product called Fing. Find notifies me when a device joins my network. Sends me an email saying this device just joined your network. Fing, however, is one line of defense at my house. The other line is grabbing the information my wife router knows about every connected device. The last layer is having two hard drives, one that is always offline.

Security has a very simple rule, and you will get hacked someday. Therefore always act as though you are going to be hacked today!

  • Question /

    Do you check your wifi logs?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    Are you running a virus scanner on your pc?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    are you running a Malware scanner on your pc?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    Have you changed your Virily password?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    Be safe ok?

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. Q: Do you check your wifi logs?
    Yes (2 votes) – 29%
    No (5 votes) – 71%
    Q: Are you running a virus scanner on your pc?
    Yes (6 votes) – 86%
    No (1 votes) – 14%
    Q: are you running a Malware scanner on your pc?
    Yes (4 votes) – 57%
    No (3 votes) – 43%
    Q: Have you changed your Virily password?
    Yes (4 votes) – 57%
    No (3 votes) – 43%
    Q: Be safe ok?
    Yes (7 votes) – 100%

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