Security "Resolutions" for the New Year (and Decade)December 21, 2009 0 Comments
My New Years resolutions have to do with computer security this year...
1. I will change ALL my passwords at least once per
year. In January, for example. Specifically, I will be
sure to change my personal and business passwords for all computers
and websites that I use: PC's, Websites, banking, investments,
Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
2. I won't use the same password on all sites.
tech news this year detailed
numerous cases where hackers compromised millions of passwords.
If you use similar logins and passwords on many sites, you may be
vulnerable to these types of hackers. The hackers will try the same
passwords on other sites. Even if you you use two or three
passwords (one for the most important banking sites, for examples),
but this isn't really good enough.
3. I won't use easy to guess passwords: This
happened to Sarah
Palin. The really bad passwords are: person names, words in the
dictionary, date of birth, date of wedding, patterns of digits
(1234), etc. Hackers can get all your personal information easily,
and they use databases of common words and passwords to attack
websites. To make the passwords really hard to guess, I will use
long passwords with upper and lower case plus some digits in every
4. I won't store my list of passwords on my
computer. Frankly having a list of passwords in a text
file or excel spreadsheet on your computer is not so wise. Hackers
and viruses hunt down these password files. Plus you're one disk
crash away from losing all your passwords. And if you backup (good
for you!), then that's just one more copy of you passwords that can
be stolen. There are several solutions to this problem: memorizing
passwords (really hard), generating
passwords based on site name, or even
writing them down (your home or office is much less likely to
be burglarized than your PC is to be hacked).
5. I will make a copy of my password list and store it
in a very safe place. Llike a safe deposit box. In case
something bad happens to me. So my family can continue or close
down my accounts and my business. I'll tell my family that it
6. I will check that I can restore all my PC's from
backups. Backing up is not enough for the security of my
digital life and business. I need to make sure that I can actually
restore a working PC from the backup. What would be worse than
finding out that my backup was no good. Believe it or not: Corrupt
backups are extremely common..
7. I will store my backups in a safe off-site
location. Like that safety deposit box I mentioned before.
Fire, flood, or thieves will not stop my business.
Wish me luck! Should be easier than losing weight... :)
Happy New Year!