My home recipe is Windows Defender, Malwarebytes and KeePass. Is that a good approach or should I be thinking about adding something to my security toolkit in 2016?Thanks for the great question! You’ve got some good bases covered:
- Anti-malware (I also use defender)
- Malware removal (I also use malwarebytes), and
- A password vault (I use LastPass)
- Backups – you’ve got irreplacable pictures, tax returns, music and info of all sorts. There are many of good online products available that encrypt your data before cloud storage. I use CrashPlan, but there are many others. For extra bonus points, you can both backup one computer to another computer and to the cloud. That way you have more than one way to recover.
- Next, 2-factor authentication should be added for any sites and accounts where available. This nicely complements your password vault so that even if an attacker stole individual or multiple passwords, they still couldn't log in to your accounts without your phone or other second authentication device. I wrote about this recently.
- Turn on automatic updates. Most systems, operating systems, browsers, programs and apps have an update function. Problems are round in code regularly. The support groups creates a fix and then sends out an update. Computers, tablets and phones all have this... often. You can turn on Automatic Updates for Windows or MacOS, and most of the applications on those platforms. Your tablets and smart phones regularly offer updates, both to the base operating system and the apps.
- Whenever possible, choose "automatic updates", unless you have a specific reason to not do this. Be sure to keep your browser updated.
- As a bonus tool, I use SecuniaPSI on Windows. It's a free tool to help you keep your software updated. It scans to see what applications you have, then watches for available updates and can auto-update. The current version is v3.0, but I actually like the older v2.0 interface better. The program is the same, just the interface is different.
I talk more about these ideas, and some others, in my four part online self-defense series.
What are your favorite home information security tools?