27 – Special Security Episode – Tech Time Podcast


1. Chrome Can Tell You if Your Passwords Have Been Compromised

  • Given the frequency of hacks and data leaks these days, chances are good at least one of your passwords has been released to the wild.
  • A new Chrome extension released by Google today makes it a little easier to stay on top of that: Once installed, Password Checkup will simply sit in your Chrome browser and alert you if you enter a username / password combination that Google “knows to be unsafe.”
  • The company says it has a database of 4 billion credentials that have been compromised in various data breaches that it can check against. When the extension detects an insecure password, it’ll prompt you with a big red dialog box to immediately update your info.
  • It’s handy, but users might wonder exactly what Google can see — to that end, Google says that the extension “never reveal[s] this personal information.”

2. Use a VPN (but not chinese)

3. Use open DNS

  • Depending upon distance between your place and DNS server, there will be speed improvements
  • If your ISPs DNS servers are not that reliable, using an alternate DNS server will improve stability
  • If you are using an old Operating System with no security updates, using a third-party DNS will be protection from phishing attacks
  • And, yes, you can get rid of geography-based content restrictions and web censorship

4. Don’t use internet explorer at work

5. Always use incognito mode on a public computer no matter what

6. Don’t do your banking on public Wifi (starbucks etc… there could be fishers)

7. Use two-step passwords for everything

  • You can get a google app for it.

8. Encrypt your hard drive with a LONG password

  • Murder podcast.  They still can’t crack his hard drive.

9. Encrypt your phone with a LONG password/faceID/finger print ID

  • Funny story about classy cassie that stole Friend’s phone with Uber.

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