Did you know you have a public Amazon profile that is automatically created when you sign up for an Amazon account? This profile doesn’t provide too much information publicly by default, but it is another data point for 3rd parties. Michael Bazzell from Intel Techniques provided a quick guide in his latest email newsletter on how to take a few easy steps to secure your Amazon profile. The following is an excerpt taken from his email, and is intended only for a quick reference.

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Password Management

What’s that yellow sticky note poking out from under your keyboard? Is that your password? If you’re like many people this may be the case. While this may be practical and convenient, it’s not a good idea. It might be ok in the privacy of your own home, but it can still be risky. Privacy and security (online safety) is all about managing your risks and deciding what is right for you.

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Everyone has that junk email account from an old mail service they don’t use anymore (ehem…AOL). They give it to salesmen, questionable websites, contests, fake accounts, etc. That way the majority of SPAM goes to the secondary account and fewer personal details are provided. While is a great solution, it’s time to upgrade to junk mail 2.0. I know you’re thinking, “Why? That just sounds like putting lipstick on a pig.

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It doesn’t matter if you just have a couple of word documents and pictures, or if you run a personal small business with important financial records; data backups are important. I’m sure we have all lost files we would do anything to get back. If not, you know someone who has. The world today is even more aggressive than before. Not only do we have to worry about hard drive failures, data corruption, and accidental deletions, but now we have ransomware and other malicious attacks attempting to access, control, and hold our data hostage.

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You may have heard the term “Every Day Carry (EDC)” from self-defense or survival circles. That is where I first heard it. As a tech guy, I think this same term can be applied to the gear we techies carry on a daily basis. So, I wanted to provide a quick list of the things I carry daily to/from work and elsewhere. These may not help you survive a zombie apocalypse (whatever that is), nuclear fallout, or a foreign invasion, but they should help make your day-to-day life a little easier.

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I have had several family members and friends lose access to their social media accounts, have malicious emails sent from their address, and even succumb to ransomware. The nature of these “hacks” or “attacks” varies widely, so there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution. But, even though there are many ways to break into a house, doesn’t mean we don’t lock our doors or leave the key in the mailbox for everyone to use.

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No More Ads

Do you ever wish you could control what appears on your screen at all times when surfing the net? Do you ever get distracted or pulled to another site, article, or game only to forget what you intended to do in the first place? Well, you can take back some of the control and your productivity in one easy step: by installing an ad blocker. Some of the best ad blockers go beyond just ads, but actually block other elements of web pages designed to pull your information or run extra scripts and more.

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Online Privacy

A couple of years ago I had the privilege of attending a seminar about electronic privacy and security led by former FBI computer crimes investigator Michael Bazzell. If this is your first time hearing that name or digging into this topic I highly encourage you to visit his websites, listen to his podcasts, and/or read his book. His blog is a great place to start. You can find it here: https://computercrimeinfo.

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Chris Sereno

For 11 years networking was my profession with a specialized focus on proactive and reactive performance analysis. More recently I have embraced the AWS platform. This blog reflects my experience both past and present.

AWS Architect at Caterpillar, Inc.

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