My Security Protocol

My Security Protocol

Michael Thomas

Security and convenience are in constant tension. The more secure a protocol is the less convenient, and vice versa. The key is to find a workable balance between the two.

  1. Use a VPN for all internet connections (mobile, laptop, servers), such as ProtonVPN.
  2. Store passwords and sensitive data in Bitwarden. Use a memorable and long passphrase and turn on 2FA. Let Bitwarden generate the long and unique passwords (never make your own passwords nor reuse old ones).
  3. Turn on Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for all websites and apps that offer it. Use Bitwarden to store the codes/seeds.
  4. Use a secure email service, such as ProtonMail for important and sensitive emails.
  5. For every other account use an email anonymizer such as SimpleLogin. It allows you to use a unique email address for each online account.
  6. Use a secure messenger, such as Telegram or  Signal.
  7. For online storage use sa fully encrypted service, such as ProtonDrive or Mega .
  8. Use the Brave browser. It is based on Chromium and is 90% similar to Chrome. Do NOT store passwords in Brave (or any browser).
  9. Use a non-tracking search engine, such as Brave Search  or DuckDuckGo.
  10. Use Cryptomator to create an encrypted folder on your computer to store your really sensitive information and then store it in an encrypted cloud storage.
  11. Consider switching to Linux for your laptops/desktop/server (I use Pop! OS). Microsoft, Mac and Google don't have the best track record regarding privacy and security.

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