Home Computer Security -- Human Behavior - Part II
http://edu-observatory.org/olli/HCS/Week2.html


WE ARE A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER

  


WHAT IS A SECURE CONNECTION TO THE INTERNET?
  Cellular connections (not Wi-Fi) are encrypted and SECURE.

  Wi-Fi at Universities, Hotels, Libraries, Coffee Shops, etc.
  IS NOT SECURE. Any computer on those networks may have
  malware harvesting EVERYTHING you say, type and read.

  When using a public Wi-Fi network use a VPN. A VPN secures
  your device's internet connection to guarantee that all data
  you are sending and receiving is encrypted and secure from
  prying eyes. Iowa State requires its students to use a VPN.
  Some excellent VPN services: Tunnelbear, ExpressVPN, ProXPN,
  and NordVPN.

OUCH! -- Staying Secure on the Road
  OUCH-201702_en.pdf
OUCH! -- Securely Using Mobile Apps
  OUCH-201703_en.pdf
OUCH! -- Securing Your New Tablet
  OUCH-201601_en.pdf



BACKING UP YOUR STUFF
BACKING UP YOUR COMPUTER

OUCH! -- Backup & Recovery
  OUCH-201708_en.pdf

Backup to external hard drive or flash drive, via command line
  rsync -av -e ssh /Users/swormley /Volumes/My\ Passport
  rsync --delete -av -e ssh /Users/swormley /Volumes/My\ Passport
Backup to another computer on LAN via command line
  rsync -av -e ssh `pwd`/  mm3.local:`pwd`


Dropbox (Free service for all platforms)
  https://www.dropbox.com
  https://www.dropbox.com/downloading
  
  Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc.,
  headquartered in San Francisco, California, that offers
  cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software.
  Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of
  their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it
  appears to be the same folder (with the same contents)
  regardless of which computer is used to view it. Files
  placed in this folder also are accessible through a website
  and mobile phone applications.

  One can backup specified files and folders to Dropbox using
  symbolic links via the command line. For example:
  ln -is ~/Documents ~/Dropbox/Documents

  Anything added, deleted or changed on the PC/Mac is replicated
  in Dropbox and vice versa. Deleting File/Folder in Dropbox
  also deletes it immediately from the PC/Mac! Just so you know.



Carbonite (backup in the cloud Windows PC, Macs)
  https://www.carbonite.com
Time Machine (Mac)
  https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201250
The Best Online Backup Services of 2017
  https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2288745,00.asp
Reminder: Beware of the "Cloud"
  https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Reminder+Beware+of+the+Cloud/23405/





If You Think You're Anonymous Online, Think Again!
  http://www.npr.org/books/titles/281981849/dragnet-nation-a-quest-for-privacy-security-and-freedom-in-a-world-of-relentless

Google collects Android users' locations even when location 
services are disabled
  https://qz.com/1131515/

Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo -- Which One is for You?
  http://www.maketecheasier.com/google-vs-bing-vs-duck-duck-go/
DuckDuckGo may not be as connected as Google and may not be as flashy as Bing, but there's one thing it offers that is very attractive, and that's anonymity. That's something that is becoming more important, and we definitely lose that with Google and Bing. Every product of Google knows what you have done on all of its other products. Sometimes we just want to search without the search engine following us. However, without that, the results aren't tailored specifically for you. Everyone gets the same search results. DuckDuckGo.com does not track you. https://DuckDuckGo.com
StartPage.com does not track you. https://StartPage.com Use Google Without Tracking in StartPage https://www.macobserver.com/cool-stuff-found/use-google-without-tracking-startpage/ Tim Berners-Lee: selling private citizens' browsing data is "disgusting" https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/04/tim-berners-lee-online-privacy-interview-turing-award Ad Blockers and Tracking Blockers (use all three) AdBlock Plus is a free extension that allows you to block annoying ads, disable tracking and block domains known to spread malware. Available for iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari, Adblock Plus uses filters that you choose to block all unwanted elements. DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials offers users state-of-the-art tools so that they can protect their sensitive data when browsing the Internet. It is equipped with several advanced features. For instance, this software package is able to detect those sites which are associated with hidden tracking algorithms. These are pointed out to the user and the programs can often be disabled. Forced encryption will likewise add an additional layer of protection; eliminating cookies and other data collection techniques. There are also times when privacy policies are rated in terms of their transparency. Ghostery is also a free extension that puts the power in your hands to choose what to block, on a tracker-by-tracker or site-by-site basis, or combination of the two. Is your browser safe against tracking? https://panopticlick.eff.org Outbound Firewalls -- Monitor all web traffic ZoneAlarm (Outbound Firewall for MS Windows) http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-pc-security-free-firewall.htm Radio Silence (Outbound Firewall for macOS) https://radiosilenceapp.com Hands Off! (BiDirectional Firewall for macOS) http://www.oneperiodic.com/products/handsoff/ Little Snitch (Outbound Firewall for macOS) http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html However, Little Snitch, ZoneAlarm, Outbound Firewalls, Blech! http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/little_snitch_zonealarm_outbound_firewalls_blech/ Learning Home Computer Security is not sufficient -- One has to commit the knowledge to practice. sam.wormley@gmail.com