Simple Cybersecurity Measures Even Mark Zuckerberg Uses

Blog Date:  7/1/2016
Author:  Ray Coulombe

Recently, a photo of Mark Zuckerberg sitting at his desk at work went viral after a keen-eyed Twitter user pointed out that Zuckerberg had taped over his laptop’s microphone jack and camera. While you may laugh, the Facebook creator isn’t so far off base.

Covering audio and video portals on your laptop is a simple, cheap, and effective safeguard for hackers. Alternatively, you can disable your computer or laptop’s camera and microphone when you’re not using them if you prefer to not use tape. This setting is generally found in the general system settings on your machine.

Here are a few other security measure to keep in mind when using a computer:

  • If you do choose to tape over the camera, make sure you protect the lens from the sticky adhesive.
  • Be sure to employ a decent anti-malware program and run regular scans on your machine.
  • Don’t click on any link you don’t absolutely trust, even if it’s from your mom. Some email programs will automatically scan links and attachments for viruses. Don’t ignore these warnings!
  • Flash is a known means to channel malware into your computer. Consider disabling Flash plug-in on your browser. Consider the No Script utility if you’re using Firefox.
  • Use strong, unique passwords for everything. A safe password manager program like LastPass or DashLane will not only mange your passwords, but generate them for you up to 100 characters. And they’re all encrypted.

    Generally, be smart and always be aware of unfamiliar or fishy-looking websites, pop-ups, or hyperlinks on the internet. If it’s good enough for Mark Zuckerberg, it’s good enough for you!

     

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