Your Safety and Privacy Online
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Your Safety and Privacy Online

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Completed on 2019-08-18

About the Book

The purpose of this book is to provide an average computer user with the knowledge that will help them stay safe while online, as well as help them make privacy choices that work for them. My goal is to explain online threats in terms that don’t require technical background to understand. All techno-speak will be limited, and where it cannot be avoided, I will first be explained in everyday non-computer terms.

This book should be accessible to anyone with enough computer knowledge to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, do some online shopping, use google to search for cat videos and pay your bills online, all the important stuff. If you are comfortable doing those things, you are in the core demographics for this book.

While this book was written with a US consumer in mind, this book will be equally applicable all over the world. There may be an occasional inside joke that folks outside the USA won’t understand but that shouldn’t detract anything from the book.

What is different about this book is that I’m targeting non-technical folks and I’m explaining the issues and the threats without resulting to scare tactics or threats which seem so prevalent in today's security training. Something called FUD, Fear Uncertainty and Doubt, is very prevalent in today information security space. I’m avoiding all FUD in this book.

If I were to summarize this book in few short bullet points, it would be like this:

·       Don’t be clicking on links or attachments in strange unexpected emails

·       Don’t share your password, like ever

·       Do use a password manager for all your password

·       Do use long unpredictable and unique passwords for every site.

·       Do use critical thinking skills and don’t be swayed by emotions.

At this stage I have a lot of editing left to do but all the content will be there. I greatly appreciate any feedback you can provide. You can email me at siggi@infosechelp.net or use the forum. The current title is a working title, haven't decided if I'll keep that. If you can think of a pithier title please let me know. I've set the minimum price to $0 as it more important to me to get the information out there than making a profit. Your support will help me pay for an editor, cover art and cover printing cost to get this into brick and mortar book stores..

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About the Author

Siggi Bjarnason
Siggi Bjarnason

Siggi Bjarnason is a seasoned, experienced, and dedicated cybersecurity professional with nearly 25 years in professional computer experience and online expertise that dates back to the early 1990s. Born in Iceland, Siggi spent much of his adult life in Seattle, Washington, where he was located near the development of a ground-breaking form of technology that would revolutionize not only the tech industry but the world as we know it.

In the early 1980s, while still a teenager, Siggi began to explore the industry just as a hobby - and by the mid-1990s he had turned that hobby into a profession. In fact, you could say that he was a pioneer in the birth of the internet when he worked as a network engineer during its infancy. In the late 1980s, Siggi had been online working to develop networks and trailblaze the new digital landscape, even though the first public web browser wouldn't hit the internet until 1994.

As a proven, tested, and successful IT professional, Siggi spent much of his 30 years in the industry in various IT positions, working as a data center technician and network engineer for large internet service providers. Also, his technical abilities extend far beyond simple network engineering. Today, he is well-versed in the areas of automation, tooling, scripting, and even vendor and product selection.

Most recently, his career has been immersed in the area of cybersecurity. Throughout the last couple of years, he has developed a new approach towards assisting those with limited computer experience in designing a safe, secure, and protective cybersecurity strategy to ensure that they are safe on the web.

Siggi's newest entrepreneurial venture, InfoSecHelp (https://infosechelp.net), is specifically designed to offer his networking expertise and his modern approach to cybersecurity to those who may not be fully aware of the types of threats that can plague their systems. From home computers to small businesses to large organizations, Siggi's professionalism, his expertise in cybersecurity and network engineering, and his steadfast dedication to providing his clients with a helping hand to secure their systems - these qualities are what separate him from the pack.

Every day, Siggi's passion for computers is what drives his motivation to continue finding new ways to help folks acclimate themselves with the changing digital landscape. And by helping people remain safe online and avoid falling for scams that could damage their systems or their wallets, he can help to pave the way for a safer internet - as a true internet pioneer should.

In his free time, Siggi enjoys the simple things in life like listening to music, attending live theater events, or going ballroom dancing. Additionally, Siggi enjoys volunteering for organizations that help the community around him. He is a volunteer for the American Red Cross, Public Health Reserve Corp, and other similar organizations. For Siggi, nothing is more important than finding ways to enjoy life, whether that be through computers, working with others, or listening to his favorite album.

Table of Contents

  • About This Book
    • About the author
  • Introduction
  • 1 General Principles
    • 1.1 Threat Modeling
    • 1.2 Threat actors
    • 1.3 Privacy
      • 1.3.1 Physical address privacy
      • 1.3.2 Once posted it never goes away
      • 1.3.3 Loading remote content in emails
        • 1.3.3.1 Proton Mail
        • 1.3.3.2 Thunderbird Mail
        • 1.3.3.3 Gmail
        • 1.3.3.4 Outlook Application
      • 1.3.4 Free stuff
      • 1.3.5 Free Seminars
      • 1.3.6 Raffles and drawings
    • 1.4 Critical thinking skills
    • 1.5 Paranoia minus tin foil hats
    • 1.6 Shared computers
    • 1.7 Social Engineering
    • 1.8 A Balancing Act
    • 1.9 Deleting stuff
    • 1.10 Keep stuff Updated
    • 1.11 Multiple email accounts
    • 1.12 Parts of an URL
    • 1.13 Where is an email address hosted?
    • 1.14 The CIA and NSA
      • 1.14.1 Confidentiality
      • 1.14.2 Integrity
      • 1.14.3 Availability
    • 1.15 Encryption
      • 1.15.1 Synchronous encryption
      • 1.15.2 Asynchronous Encryption
      • 1.15.3 Encrypting a thing
      • 1.15.4 Encrypted Connections
      • 1.15.5 Hashing
  • 2 Authentication
    • 2.1 Authentication Factors
      • 2.1.1 SMS MFA
      • 2.1.2 FIDO U2F USB Keys
      • 2.1.3 Authentication Apps
    • 2.2 Password Selection and Handling
    • 2.3 Managing Passwords
      • 2.3.1 Physical Password Managers
      • 2.3.2 Sticky notes
      • 2.3.3 The Notepad
      • 2.3.4 Password manager applications
        • 2.3.4.1 Local password managers
        • 2.3.4.2 Online Password Managers
    • 2.4 Federated Logins
    • 2.5 Remember Me
  • 3 NSA, SSL, TLS, VPN, and TLA
    • 3.1 The NSA
    • 3.2 SSL and TLS
    • 3.3 VPN’s Defined
    • 3.4 VPN Use Cases
    • 3.5 Problems with public hotspots.
    • 3.6 Selecting a good VPN service
  • 4 Malware Threats
    • 4.1 Viruses and Worms
    • 4.2 Trojan Horse
    • 4.3 Malvertising
    • 4.4 Ways to get infected with malware
    • 4.5 Protection approaches
    • 4.6 Example
  • 5 Scams, cons, and other dangers
    • 5.1 Let’s go phishing
    • 5.2 Common scams
    • 5.3 Scareware
    • 5.4 Fake Sales
    • 5.5 Free Offers
    • 5.6 Saving money on sales
    • 5.7 Bait and Switch
    • 5.8 Click Baits
    • 5.9 Congratulatory ads
    • 5.10 General offer for help
    • 5.11 Common themes
  • 6 In Closing
  • Appendix
    • References

Causes Supported

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Defending your civil liberties in a digital world.
https://www.eff.org/

Based in San Francisco, EFF is a donor-supported membership organization working to protect fundamental rights regardless of technology.

From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990—well before the Internet was on most people's radar—and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.

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