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3 Tips From a Calgary Tech Professional To Make You Safer Online

A Calgary technology consultant says three simple tips can improve your online security experience – and most of them are free.

“We talked about these major violations that leaked millions of email accounts online,” said Will Knoll CBC Calgary News at Nov. this week.

“And it’s really hard for the ordinary person to go through there and find out if they’re involved in that injury.”

Knoll says there is an online database that can help with this risk.

“You don’t have to install anything, just give them your email address and not your password. It’s a free online service called haveibeenpwned.com. This collects all of this information and puts it in a database. You can also log in for notifications if future violations contain your address so that you can change your password. “

Passwords a problem?

“Password management has become a cumbersome affair for many people,” explained Knoll.

“There is software called Password Vault that can solve all of these problems for us. The main ones are lastpass.com and 1password.com and both have free or trial versions. The idea is that you only have one password for the password To learn Vault, you need to memorize or generate passwords for all the websites you visit, backup them and sync them across all your devices. The next time you visit a website, just click Password Vault and it will populate that information right away They both also have family plans where you can share accounts like utilities and share secure notes like credit card information instead of emailing them. “

Who do you trust

“The last thing is to care, to some extent, who we trust on the Internet,” said the consultant.

“It’s called opendns.com. It’s free too. You don’t have to install anything, but you need to change something on your home router, but there are online guides available to help you do that,” Knoll said.

“It’s about as easy as changing your WiFi password and can protect any device you connect to your network. DNS, or the Domain Name System, is like the Internet’s phone book. It’s what CBC.ca translates The IP address of the CBC servers. Most home routers use Shaw or Telus by default, but open DNS is a bit more intelligent.

“The idea is that if you get a phishing email and try to click the link, the opendns.com servers say, ‘No, actually you shouldn’t be able to go there.’ When someone tries to download a virus into your home network, opendns.com does not resolve the name of the server that this virus is on. You cannot download it, it stays off the network. This is a very simple thing you can do this at the edge of the network to protect all devices inside. “

With files from CBC Calgary News at Nov.

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