Today I was interviewed on RPP by Piers Cunningham on his science and tech show, Beyond Infinity.
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This was my first live on air interview and it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed being behind the microphone and chatting with Piers. It was pretty easy going and thanks to my podcasting past I didn’t have any on-air jitters.
The show was about cyber security and some ways to protect yourself and what to look out for. At the end of the interview I mentioned I would put the blog up, so here are my notes and links to products mentioned on the show.
I’m currently editing the recording, so when finalised I will upload the show so you can listen to the discussion.
LastPass – Create and store secure passwords
I’ve previously made a video about LastPass, which you can see here.
This video is the official LastPass video about why you should use it.
Use LastPass free on your browser or pay $1 per month to use on your smartphone/tablet.
The only potential flaw with LastPass is if someone else gains access to your master password, so add an extra level of security by utilising 2-step verification.
Google Authenticator – 2-step verification codes on your phone
Protect your account from hijacking by adding another layer of security. With 2-step verification signing in will require a code generated by the Google Authenticator app in addition to your account password.
Keep your software up-to-date as this will help to improve the performance of the software but also provides security patches which hackers have discovered.
Email security – how to determine if an email is suspicious
Understand some of the signs to help prevent attacks
- Do you know the sender – is this a typical message they would send you?
- What is the email address? Any @gmail, @hotmail or generic type email addresses which ask you to click links can be a problem
- Who is the email sent to? – was there more than one email in the TO: field or was the email sent to you as a BCC: (which can mean it was sent to many people)
- Is it addressed to you in the email?
- Does the subject line make sense, eg “Please update your password” could be a fishing attempt
- Does it explain clearly, with good English and grammar as to the purpose of the email? – Copy and paste a portion of the email into Google and check for any sites which highlight this as phishing
- Is it offering you something for nothing – if it’s too good to be true, it is
- If they use any graphics or logos, do they appear correct?
- Is it asking you to click a link which is disguised behind text or a button?
- Is there contact details and unsubscribe links in the footer? – you can search on phone numbers, addresses, business names to check for fraud
This is where ads will follow you around the internet after you have visited certain sites. Google are targeting specific ads to your interests and using your search history to determine what to send you.
Have a look at their remarketing video here to further understand what this is.
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