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Secure Your Network 3: Assess

[This is the 3rd in a 4-part series – part 1, part 2, part 4] At this point, we’ve done a thorough inventory of our network devices (Scan) and we’ve taken the opportunity to get rid of any devices that we no longer need or at least disabled the smart features if we don’t need

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Craft Your Access Backup Plan

[Updated May 31, 2024 to replace Raivo – here’s why] So you’re using a password manager and you’ve even enabled two-factor authentication on your password vault. That’s fantastic! Well done! But what happens it you somehow forget your master password? Or if you lose access to your two-factor authentication device? And I know it’s not

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How to Block the New .zip Domain

For many years, the internet was populated by just a handful of “top level domains”, or TLD’s: .com, .net, .org, .gov, .mil and .edu. You might also realize that we use dotted suffixes to denote computer file types, like .txt, .doc or .pdf. It would make sense to try to avoid ambiguity there, right? Unfortunately,

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How to Avoid Juice Jacking

You’re in the airport, facing a long day of travel… and you forgot to charge your phone last night. You’re looking at the dreaded red battery symbol. And you just realized your wall charger is in your checked baggage. There, just up ahead, you see a public charging station, with several open USB ports. Is

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How to Block Web Fingerprinting

Advertisers desperately want to track you as you traverse the web. They want to know as much about you as possible so that they can target you with ads. Knowing which sites you visit, when you visit them, how long you stay there, what you do while you’re there, and even how you move from

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How to Secure Your Home Network

The National Security Agency (NSA) just released a very helpful information sheet on how to secure your home network (along with some great general cybersecurity tips). In the not-so-distant past, the internet was something we connected to briefly to check email and do a little web surfing, and then disconnected so we could free up

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How to Reveal Shortened URLs

When I was in high school, I took a wonderful career planning course. Instead of being a mind-numbing survey of possible occupations and career paths, it instead focused on understanding yourself. What are you good at doing? What do you actually enjoy doing? What are your values and aspirations? And finally, given all of that,

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Why You Need to Plant Your Flag

I generally advise people not to create accounts if they can avoid it and to close most accounts that they no longer use. However, there are a handful of odd accounts that you should absolutely claim if you haven’t done so already – before bad guys do it for you. Like the intrepid Duck Dodgers

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