Speaker: Jack McWhirter
Jack McWhirter has been a member of the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club for almost two years.
Jack is the club’s Webmaster and manages the club’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. He volunteers with numerous service projects and was elected to serve on the Board of
Directors beginning 1 Oct 2016. Jack spoke to the club on Personal Internet Security and gave an update on the Kiwanis Club social media.
Tips for your computer at home:
Encrypt your Hard Drive/Solid Slate Drive.
Use a Password Manager, Use a METHOD for choosing a NEW Password for the first time. (e.g., Use a book, use at least 12 characters but 32 would be better, PAD the beginning and/or the end of your phrase.
Never respond directly to an email or popup request for personal or security information, go directly to the organization to find out if they really, indeed requested the information. Clear your browsing history often as well as your cookies. Set your browser security as tight as you can and still accomplish your objectives. KNOW your contact well before divulging critical information. Research all new entitiesbefore releasing personal and financial information.
Tips when you’re away:
Set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network). A VPN is like a tunnel between you and the
organization you are connected to during your session. There are several available in
your App store but I use one developed by a browser group that I have used and trusted
for a long time. OPERA VPN, developed by the Opera Browser developers. Opera is
especially fast for difficult connections and mobile applications, e.g., iPad and iPhone
and Android. When you are using email to transmit sensitive information you should use an encrypted email application or service. I have found the VIRTRU Application to work well when needed. Most of us use our smart phones and tablets while having a meal or coffee in a hot spot such as Denny’s or Starbucks…a perfect spot for hijacking your most sensitive information, these places are where you really need a VPN and strong passwords.
There are many PW managers but I use two of the most proven. Last Pass and Dashlane. The premium version of Last Pass costs $12 per year at this time while Dashlane premium costs $49 per year. Both are worth the money. I use two just to make sure I can recover my accounts without issues in case something untoward happens. The only password you have to remember for sure is your master password to get into your password manager(s). If you forget one then maybe you can remember the other if you use two managers. Just be sure to put the passwords for one into the other and vice versa.
Think things through very closely before establishing your ID for each manager and entering your passwords. The only way to start over is to clear your passwords and start over from the beginning. I know by experience. I only have to provide two passwords to my trusted inheritors, my computer password and my password manager password. They can figure out everything else from there…if I have done a good job.
Scottsburg Kiwanis Club Social Media:
Web Site/Blog: Please share to your other social media accounts. Facebook: Please share other relevant posts with your Scottsburg friends and feel free to share Kiwanis International and our Scenic Hills Division information with your local friends and neighbors.
Our Twitter account ID is @ScottsburgKiwa1 and there are advantages to accessing our website from Twitter, speed and a compact view of the article both of which speeds up your perusal of our valuable information.
Pictured with Jack is Kiwanis member Wes Clark. The members appreciated and thanked Jack for his insight and tips.