Quick Tips: Security on the Web

Secure Websites with SSL and HTTPS

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a standard protocol for ensuring that your data is encrypted and securely shared with only the people you trust.

  • Get better SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and traffic when you use SSL/HTTPS!
  • Customers and web visitors will trust you more.
  • Check your website’s SSL/HTTPS here: https://www.whynopadlock.com/
  • You and everyone you work or live with should start requesting a proper httpS address and connection for all websites that you use, it’s safer for you and helps everyone online!

Quick Tips: Password Generation

 Password Generation

It is best to use a passphrase with multiple common words, letters, numbers, and symbols that is easy for you to remember. Data security expert Edward Snowden recommends using a phrase like: “MargaretThatcherIsAlways120%Sexy” <-Obviously without the quotes and it’s important to note that you should make up your own, not using this nor using words from a known book, movie quote, or song lyrics. Many hackers and their tools know to try phrases from common cultural works like songs or books.

IT Glossary: SSD

IT Glossary: SSD

SSD stands for Solid State Drive, and is what modern computers use for storing data. When compared to an HDD (Hard Disk Drive) most SSD’s have noticeably faster data read and write speeds. This is due to having no moving parts that can break. SSD’s are similar to Flash or NAND memory. All current versions of Windows and MacOS are optimized for SSD’s whereas HDD’s will give you much slower performance. Common connections: M.2 ports, PCIe ports, SATA III, SATA II.

Quick Tips: RansomWare and Simple Security

Definition | RansomWare : software that is designed to encrypt (basically garble) your files and data with a password that only the malicious hackers know, holding your computer “hostage” while they name a price for you to pay to have the password and decrypt/re-access your own files.

You’ve probably seen the reports of the WannaCry hack and those that have recently been hitting companies all over the world like Merck, Maersk, Ukrainian ATM’s (Cash Machines), and Chernobyl’s Nuclear Power Plant.

Most ransomware attacks are simple enough to evade with some preparation:

  1. Never work with the hackers, always assume that the people hacking your computer have a malicious intent and be especially wary of those who offer you a fix to a computer problem they could have given to you in the first place. Find someone local that you can trust, whether it’s me or your local IT staff.
  2. Backup important data today. It’s much cheaper to purchase an external hard drive and setup a backup now than having to deal with a multitude of problems later.
  3. Do regular backups after the initial one, you can set up weekly, monthly, or what ever frequency works for you.
  4. Once you have your backups, there’s no reason to panic. Some systems can take a while to re-install from that backup, but it’s an easy process and it puts you back in control of your data and computers even if something seemingly catastrophic like a ransomware attack happens. Best of all, a good plan and backups can resolve many other problems like accidentally deleting important files, or even unexpected threats.

Backups are a great defense against many computer problems, if you have any questions, feel free to ask!