Internet Security

DIY Internet Security: Setting Up a VPN

Your DGB for today is to set up a VPN (virtual private network), which will allow you to browse the web more securely. This will make it harder for your internet service provider (ISP) to snoop on your activities and make a buck off your data.

Earlier this month, a bill was signed into law that overturned an FCC rule designed to protect consumers’ privacy on the internet. By making it legal for your ISP to gather and sell your browsing history, this bill serves no purpose other than to line the pockets of big corporations.  So we have to make it harder for them to gather that information.

When the government puts the profit margins of a few big companies ahead of the rights of the people, we’ve got to channel our best Mr. Robot impression and keep Evilcorp from profiting from our lost privacy.

 

Passwords Aren’t Enough

Your DGB for today is to secure your inbox.

Maybe you’ve heard of some private email accounts being hacked? We vaguely recall something about that being in the news in the recent past. If someone gets into your email, you may as well hand them your entire life, right? They can change all your passwords, access personal correspondence, financial information, and classified documents. Okay, probably not that last one.

Anyway, you’ll enable two-step authentication to access your email from new devices, which usually includes a text message sent to your phone. For Gmail, you’ll do it here. Find a Yahoo! tutorial here, and a Microsoft/Outlook one here.

So, if a Russian server somewhere tries to access your email account, they’ll KGBe out of luck.