Learn how to improve your online security skills by reading Ronald Nutter’s new book “The Hackers Are Coming.” This online security expert will help you choose the best password management and two-factor authentication tools.
These tools won’t keep breaches like the one at Yahoo from happening, you’ll need daily vulnerability scanning to even have a chance of staying hacker free, but they’ll slow hackers down enough that they might move on to the next victim.
According to Nutter, “Your social media or website presence is something that is valuable and needs to be protected. Look at it this way – would you rather invest a little time and money to protect your social media and website present now or potentially spend thousands or tens of thousands of dollars ? Here is why you should be concerned about this- “55% of net users use the same password for most, if not all, websites” Sophos “Users report their Groupon account have been compromised or hacked” Christian Science Monitor. “Stolen Twitter accounts ‘more’ valuable than credit cards” ZDNet.
“I think you understand the point, I am trying to make says Nutter. Strong, or difficult-to-guess, passwords are one step in the process of protecting your social media and web login accounts. Creating the longer/hardware passwords may seem like it is a pain but it really isn’t. I show you several ways to do just that.”
Using additional levels of authentication can help prevent someone from stealing your social media, email and online bank accounts. Nutter continues, “Some sites send you an email or text message with a code to enter before you can login. Another way is something called Two Factor Authentication. This is a piece of hardware or software that displays a set of 6 digits that changes every 30 seconds. Having the code now won’t let someone log in a minute or so later.”
Here is some of the topics covered in the book:
- Selecting a Password Manager
- Software vs Hardware Token
- Creating a Strong Password Email
- SMS as Two Factor Authentication
- Answering Account Security Questions
The book covers a host of social media account types and others such as cloud backup providers, web hosting providers and retail accounts to mention just some of what you can protect with stronger methods that what you probably are now. You can find Nutter’s book on Amazon.com. To keep your site safe from hackers, keep your passwords unique. Scan your site daily for vulnerabilities and your link-clicking to a minimum.