How to Build a Secure Online Presence

All the recent news of hacking, identity theft, and security breaches has gotten me really paranoid. If you’re not yet paranoid, read this story about a smart guy who had everything well protected and still got hacked: http://medium.com/p/24eb09e026dd

So I’ve started my own personal security initiative to protect myself from hacking and identity theft. Here’s what I’ve done:

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1. YOUR EMAIL IS THE WEAKEST LINK

Your email provider is the weak link in all online security. Why? Because if a hacker gets access to your email account, they can go to the website of your bank, your broker, your PayPal, etc., claim that you lost your password, and have a new password sent to that hacked email address. Then they can change the password, letting them in and locking you out. Your email address is a gateway to a huge amount of online security.

There are several ways to strengthen that weak link: Continue reading