A Defensive Computing Checklist    by Michael Horowitz
NOTE: I gave a presentation on Defensive Computing at the HOPE conference in July 2022
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BASIC RULES OF THE ROAD

This website is huge, so if you read nothing else here, always remember these most basic rules of the road.

Act accordingly.

Even keeping these three points in mind, victims can sometimes be fooled because the scammers know so much about them. This is the inevitable fallout from far-too-many data breaches.

A March 2022 article in the Washington Post suggested: "To avoid a scam using the conflict in Ukraine ... start with the premise that every direct message, link, email or text is fake and work from there. This should be your default response to any contact you did not initiate".

GIFT CARDS

And,

Any time you are asked to pay for something with a gift card,

it is a scam. Here we see a drug store that fought back against these scams.

Advice for Non-Techies

Non-technical computer users should use a Chromebook. Compared to all other mainstream operating systems, ChromeOS (the name of the operating system on a Chromebook) is much more secure and requires no care and feeding.

Non technical people using computers are sometimes tricked into installing malicious software. As Brian Krebs says "If you didn't go looking for it, don't install it!"

 

And, again

Rules of the road

Act accordingly.

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