Security Tips

Please note: I have shifted my focus to Python/ Linux/ embedded development and am no longer accepting MODX or PHP projects. For MODX work, I recommend Grey Sky Media.

My favorite security tips are below. This is not a comrehensive list!

Use a password manager

Passwords have been exposed from dozens of major websites, including LinkedIn, Gmail, and MySpace. If you use the same password on multiple sites, a hacker can access your other accounts just by hacking into one website. 

Password managers make it easy to never use the same password twice by generating random passwords, auto-filling usernames and passwords, and keeping all of the passwords encrypted using your complex master password.

Take the time to choose and learn a password manager, and start moving all of your passwords into it. 

Easy-to-remember, strong, random passwords

A complex sentence or 3-4 random words put together make human-friendly passwords that are hard for computers to crack. Toss some capital letters, numbers, and punctuation in for good measure.

Some examples:
  • Sam ran an 88-minute mile.
  • Tip: if spaces are not allowed, use underscores: 31.65_inches_of_mercury_today!
  • spaghetti multicolored wartier
  • Eddington's moisturized servitude
  • Menu Chow Yelp 009

 Always install security updates

Whether it is your operating system or your websites, security updates are a good idea. After all, they are released when a security vulnerability is found. Not installing them means you are leaving an open door.