We live in an insecure time. The world is becoming increasingly digital, but our concepts of stability, safety, and security are not keeping up. While I have not had my life up-ended by a hack, I have had my debit card stolen twice. In response to that and several highly prominent security blunders, I have made some changes to my online habits, but they are a drop in the bucket when compared to this list compiled by Brian Lovin.
Prompted by a listener to his own tech podcast, Lovin built a website designed to help people improve their online security.
SecurityCheckLi.st is a comprehensive list of suggested security tips. Honestly, I thought I was secure until I read this list. I mean, I’m not doing anything. I use a password manager, but I’m way behind of the curve on security. So, while I’m sharing this with you, I think I’m going to be reevaluating my own security habits, such as…
1) Switching up my search engine. Seriously, why do we trust Google so much?
2) Reexamining my mail applications. I’m not really wowed by what I’m using, so there’s not much lost here if I switch.
3) Dumping Chrome. I don’t like how Firefox/Mozilla have been attacked lately, especially given how they value privacy, and I don’t like how much of the net that Google has a hand in. (See #1)
Those are just the first three things that popped up in my mind after reading this list. I’m sure you’ll find some as well.
And do me a favor: after you check out SecurityCheckLi.st, comment here with what steps you’re going to take to be more secure in 2019. Or, if you’re already ahead of the curve, tell me what you’re already doing.