What do you say when a non-technical friend or family member asks you how to stay secure on the Internet? My answer is usually to go search for Brian Krebs’ 3 basic rules. Although he is known for researching ATM skimmers, exposing pharmaceutical scams, crushing small bank transfers/money mules, and discovering massive breaches, one of the more unique resources Brian maintains is a page dedicated to helping non-technical users stay safe on the Internet. This resource, “Krebs’s 3 Basic Rules for Online Safety,” stresses a few simple guides we can pass along to our non-technical family and friends.
- If you didn’t go looking for it, don’t install it! (This is the one I most often cite when people ask me how to stay secure.)
- If you installed, update it.
- If you no longer need it, remove it.
Further advice covers tips on passwords (choosing good ones and enabling two-factor authentication where possible) and hardening wifi access points (changing default credentials, enabling wifi encryption, disabling WPS, and configuring OpenDNS). And of course he covers the basics like using an antivirus/end-point security solution (e.g., McAfee, Symantec, and several free options like Microsoft SE).
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