The hacks, viruses, exploits, breaches, and other cybersecurity issues are only going to get worse before they get better. There are some simple things you can do to be prepared, but there are no guarantees you’ll be safe. Below are some things I suggest you do to stay safe.
I have been a fan of Symantec for a long time now. I really like Symantec Endpoint Protection. It isn’t a resource hog and does a great job at keeping you safe. They’ve been in this business for a long time and are trusted by a lot of big companies.
If you use the same password for everything then you’re asking for someone to steal your identity. Passwords can be hard to remember and some people use different variations of the same password. But, if you can remember one really strong password then I suggest you use LastPass. LastPass can generate, keep track, and change your passwords for websites and apps.
While LastPass is great at managing complicated passwords, I would still recommend using Two Factor Authentication (2FA). You can download Google Authenticator for free for your phone. And setting it up is easy. Then when you log into a site it will require you to have your phone, but it will help secure your account. If you want something a little more fancy or an additional 2FA, then I suggest getting a Yubikey. A Yubikey is a small USB stick that you insert into your computer when you want to access your account. It creates a One-Time Password (OTP) that is validated securely.
Having a backup of your data is always important. Having a secure backup is better. SpiderOak provides Zero Knowledge backups. This means your data is encrypted before it is sent to their servers and they couldn’t decrypt it if they wanted. So if you get hit with ransomware, you can tell them to bug off because your data is securely backed up in the cloud.
Most routers act as a firewall, but if you want more control over your network then I would recommend pfSense. It’s easy to setup and easy to manage. You can use Snort or Suricata to keep an eye on things. I personally prefer Suricata.
Think before you click on something and be prepared.