The Freelancer’s Guide to Cybersecurity Awareness Month

It’s 2020, so it really should go without saying that we all need something to celebrate, so how about finding some joy in getting cybersafe while staying safe?

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month here in the States and Cyber Security Month in the EU–different names, same idea.

Of course, here at Freelancer’s Guide to Cybersecurity, we are experienced freelancers and see most things through the lens of the freelancer, the independent contractor, the consultant–pretty much everyone getting paid on a 1099. But there is room for everybody in cyberspace, and we welcome our W-2 brothers and sisters who abruptly found themselves working remotely and facing the same challenges!

31 Days to a New Cybersecure You

Each day during the month of October, we will publish a new cybersecurity tip designed to make the freelance life a little easier. Full disclosure–most of these tips are great best practices to follow at work and in your personal computing. And as long as you are here, feel free to browse the blog and check out our new podcast.

#1. Use a Password Manager

Passwords form the first line of cybersecurity in most situations, and, at this point, we have all heard the advice that we should make our passwords unique, long, and a mixture of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters when possible. We also know to keep our passwords secret–so keeping passwords digitally stored in one place seems counterintuitive. Here’s why you should use one. | Continue Reading

#2. Dispose of Your Computer Cybersecurely

Not sure how to securely get rid of that old computer? Want to donate it or repurpose it, but you’re not sure if you can do it safely? The answer to all of your questions is here.