BY BRYCE AUSTIN, CISM
Exposure, yes. Overexposure, no!
CISM, is a cybersecurity
authority and weekend auto
racer. He speaks across
the globe to help keep
companies and individuals
safe from cybercrime. His
book, Secure Enough? was
released in late 2017.
I had a “résumé generating” event when Target was hacked. As a tech- nology leader at Target at the time, I
was affected along with thousands of my
colleagues. But other victims have had
it much worse. Cybersecurity breaches
can steal your financial security, your
privacy, and your sense of safety.
This is serious stuff.
As speakers, we need to be noticed to
be successful. This puts us in an interesting position: How do we promote
ourselves online and still stay safe?
CYBERSA FET Y
OR MFA. If a criminal must steal your password and your smartphone to hack you, you’re
much safer than a password alone. Google
“multi-factor authentication Facebook,” and
go through the steps to turn on MFA. Do
the same thing for all of your social media
accounts. Next, turn on MFA for your email.
This is a bit more involved because you may
need “app passwords” for your smartphone,
but it’s a one-time issue. Finally, do the same
thing for your bank sites and credit cards. If
your bank doesn’t offer MFA, find a new bank.
GET A PASSWORD KEEPER. Imagine
you had one key to get into your car, house,
your friend’s house, your safety deposit box,
and so on. If the key is stolen, you have a very
serious problem. Many people use the same
password for everything, from Instagram to
Vanguard. If any of those sites are hacked,
your whole life is hacked. There are programs
that make it easy to use different passwords.
Search Google for “password keeper” and pick
one, such as Dashlane, Lastpass, 1password,
PREPARE TO FREEZE. If you have any
suspicions of identity theft, set up a permanent credit freeze. It’s a hassle, but it makes
it much harder for a criminal to pretend to be
you. Go to equifaxfraudprevention.com for
PRACTICE GOOD CYBER-HYGIENE.
A little bit goes a long way. Use a real password on your laptop and a real PIN on your
smartphone (NO T 1234, not 121212, not 777777.
C’mon people). Encrypt your laptop with bit-locker (Windows 10 Professional or above)
or FileVault (Mac). Both are built-in and free.
Encrypt your smartphone. All newer iPhones
and Android devices support it for free. Back up
your social media accounts to a local computer.
Search Google to learn how.
You can perform all of the above steps in
a few hours, and it could save a lifetime of
difficulty. Stay safe! ■