30 DAY SECURITY CHALLENGE
A 30 DAY CHALLENGE TO HELP YOU GET CONTROL OVER YOUR ONLINE SECURITY AND PRIVACY.
What do you intend to accomplish with this 30 day challenge? Write down your goals and mentally prepare yourself for the work ahead.
While you have your notepad out, write down any and every account and device you can think of that you currently own. For devices, put them all in one room together, so you can see how many connected devices you own.
Find old accounts and old devices. Use JustDelete.me for help deleting online accounts. If you forgot your password, try to get a new password, log in, then delete those accounts.
Factory wipe old devices for reselling or e-recycling.
Log into modem and/or router and set up WPA instead of WEP. Make your administrator login details different than the details your guests use to log into the WiFi in your home. Change your SSID and password settings. Create a guest network (for your friends!)
Log back into your admin interface and check who's on your network. Kick off any unknown devices. If any of 'em were actually your devices, just log them back in with new SSID settings. For IoT / guests - ONLY use the guest network. Your PC and personal devices can be on internal network.
Personal devices - phones / laptops. Set up encryption if not by default. Set up lock screen if not already turned on. Which lock screen option is best? Set up Find My Device accounts so if your device is stolen, you can remotely wipe it.
Use a new, secure browser. Set it as default browser. Port existing bookmarks. Set up auto updates for browser. Set home page as privacy friendly search site. Delete any details saved in browser.
Download new extensions for your browser, including HTTPS Everywhere, Privacy Badger, AdBlock, Etc. Use recommended settings, and never run more than 2 to 3 privacy extensions at once.
Switch to privacy focused smartphone app providers such as Signal, Brave Browser, and Tunnel Bear. Opt into privacy settings on apps like WhatsApp. Turn on and use a VPN.
Choose a privacy friendly cloud backup solution that offers zero knowledge policies and encryption in transit. Start encrypting data that is stored in the cloud with non-zero knowledge providers.
Double check PW / 2FA, turn off extra services, check privacy settings for playlists, private messages, and account tweets or posts.
Double check PW / 2FA, turn off extra services, check privacy settings for playlists, private messages, account tweets or posts.
Choose a better email provider, delete old emails and/or accounts that you no longer need. Change other online accounts to new email address. Remove contacts you don't need.
Be skeptical of unsolicited phone calls about computer support, or ultra-friendly strangers asking about commonly used security question / answers.
How to change your operating system settings to be more secure and private. Pro Tip: Upgrading to a privacy friendly operating system is also a plus.
You've completed the challenge! Share this with friends and family, teach others what you've learned, and go farther with links and resources.