7 Steps to make yourself more secure
Whenever I tell someone I’m a penetration tester the reaction is always the same. First laughter at my ‘hilarious’ job title, followed by one of three questions:
“Can you hack into my friend’s Facebook account?”
“Can you get me free money from the bank?”
“Can you get me free cinema tickets?”
(Maybe I’m just moving in the wrong circles?) Anyway, the question they really should be asking me is:
“What’s the easiest way to make myself more secure?”
But since everyone just wants free cinema tickets or to make jokes at my expense, I never get asked this. So, in this first post in the ‘Back-to-basics’ series, I’m asking it to myself, on your behalf.
My aim is to stop people feeling overwhelmed by all the noise and scare-mongering out there. Instead, I want people to realise they don’t need to be an expert to get themselves secure, in fact the most effective actions are actually really simple to implement. So, by setting them out in practical steps, one at a time, you’ll be able to prevent yourself becoming the low-hanging fruit that hackers love.
We’ll start with the machine you use daily, whether that’s your personal laptop, or desktop (for any nostalgia buffs out there).
Note: this article is written with your average Windows user in mind. Techies feel free to drag me over the coals, er, I mean, contribute your own ideas.
Take the following steps with me and one foot in front of the other, come toward the light….