Our homes get smarter by the day, and our digital footprint is larger than ever. We enjoy more connection and convenience, but that leaves more virtual windows open to criminals who want to steal our personal information – or even worse, use our private information against us. Like physical security, such as bicycle locks, nothing is foolproof. Incorporating these three tools into your digital life may greatly reduce your chances of being hacked.
‘Cujo’ Is Almost Too Cautious
The word “firewall” might sound intimidating, or it might make you think of an IT nerd sitting in a glowing cubicle in the basement at corporate headquarters. Luckily, professional-level nerd know-how isn’t necessary to keep your home network and smart home devices safe from malicious software. A smart plug-and-play device called Cujo can do it all for you. My only complaint is that it’s sometimes too aggressive, and you have to trim down its settings so it doesn’t block content you want to see.
It might sound like something you heard on Star Trek as a kid, but two-factor authentication is a simple concept: “Show me two forms of I.D.” That’s all. In the case of FIDO, it means your Google account will ask you for both your password and your FIDO key, which is a slim chip you slide into a USB port. No more email scandals for you, just peace of mind.
Password Tracking Apps
Two security missteps are insanely common, yet so easily avoidable: Using weak passwords, and using the same password for everything. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of apps that can help you generate strong passwords and keep track of them. Then all you need to remember is one master password. Or, depending on your hardware, you may need only your fingerprint.