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Securing your online accounts and devices from unwanted intruders and prying eyes.

I want to talk first and foremost on security. I know it’s one of those subjects that seems to get talked about over and over, but it’s for good reason.

In the ever expanding world of smart devices the most important and one of the first things you should do is be sure your accounts are properly secured.

Where do I start?

First is to use a good password. I suggest a minimum of 10 characters with capital and lower case letter, numbers and special characters. I know what you’re thinking “I can’t remember those types of passwords” but it’s very important. You can use password managers, like the one I use, 1Password or even the Google Password manager. Whatever you decide just make sure it’s strong and you can remember it or keep it in a secure place.

How to add an additional security layer.

Then I highly recommend setting up two factor authentication. Most sites will have multiple ways of setting it up, such as text messages or an app that generates the codes. My recommendation is to use an app as your primary and set text as a backup. Not all sites have the option to set a backup but if they officer it you should. The last thing you want is to get locked out of your account because you lost or switched phones and forgot to backup your codes.

Most apps, like Google Authenticator, now offer the ability to backup your QR code information so you can easily export/import. I also highly recommend that you copy the backup emergency codes, that way you have a third option for emergencies.

It’s not as hard as it sounds.

As cumbersome as it sounds it’s actually very easy to implement and use. I guarantee you it’s way easier than dealing with one of your accounts getting breached. Or falling victim to one of the highly sophisticated phishing emails that are out there now. These phishing attempts are getting really hard to spot. With 2 factor authentication enabled, even if they have your password they can’t login without your code.

If you were to ever get a prompt and you know it’s not you, simply deny it and then go reset your password. No harm no foul and none of your information was accessed. You read a lot about how peoples camera’s were accessed, one of the main reasons for that is weak password. Also passwords that you reuse for everything and no 2 factor enabled. Following just a few simple steps can really save you a lot of grief.

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Robert IT Engineer
I am an IT professional with over 30 years as a Network Admin. I love technology and have been an early adopter of many of the smart technologies. My first major early adoption was Google Glasses, I was able to be a part of the first 10k users to publicly beta test them. I decided to take my love and experience of smart home technology and share some of my thoughts and ideas to help others who are just starting out.

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I am an IT professional with over 30 years as a Network Admin. I love technology and have been an early adopter of many of the smart technologies. My first major early adoption was Google Glasses, I was able to be a part of the first 10k users to publicly beta test them. I decided to take my love and experience of smart home technology and share some of my thoughts and ideas to help others who are just starting out.

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