Your computer, your smartphone, your tablet, all the smart devices in your home… do you even know? I’m betting that you have no clue – and that’s to be expected! Where would you have learned this information? Who would have taught you? And yet, if you don’t know how to judge your level of cybersecurity, then you’re almost certainly more vulnerable than you should be.
That’s where this podcast comes in! I am on a mission to teach regular, everyday people who spend time on the Internet how to guard their privacy and protect their digital devices. It may seem hopeless, but it’s really not – there are many simple and free things we can all be doing to be more secure. I will help you understand what you need to know and provide you with practical, actionable steps you can take right now. My goal is to make you an informed user as well as an informed digital citizen!
Protecting your computer is like defending a medieval castle. While moats, walls, drawbridges and castle guards can be effective, you’d go broke trying to build something dragon-proof. This book is not about protecting yourself from a targeted attack by the NSA; it’s about armoring yourself against common hackers and mass surveillance. There are dozens of no-brainer things we should all be doing to protect our computers and safeguard our data – just like wearing a seat belt, installing smoke alarms, and putting on sunscreen.
I’ve structured this book to give you maximum benefit with minimum effort. If you just want to know what to do, every chapter has a complete checklist with step-by-step instructions and pictures. The book contains well over 100 tips that are guaranteed to make you and your family safer! Topics include: choosing and managing passwords, securely browsing the web and communicating with others, shopping and banking online, creating automated backups, locking down social media accounts, using your smart phone and tablet safely, and even some tips for safeguarding your kids online. And if you want to go the extra mile, this book also explains some of the more interesting and important aspects of security such as encryption, password cracking, home networking, the Internet, VPN’s, and more – all in an easy-going style that’s fun to read!