A Word on Online Security

December, 1, 2020 by ,

This isn’t our normal type of post, but given recent events within small portions of the Infinite Flight community we thought it would be a good idea to put together a simple list of things that can improve the security of your online accounts.

1. Enable 2-Factor Authentication. This is #1 because it is one of the easiest but also the most effective. Most websites support using SMS codes, email codes, and authenticator apps. When you go to log in, a code will be texted or emailed to you or will appear in your authenticator. This code is then used to log in. This means that unless someone has access to your texts, emails, or phone, they can’t get into your account. Discord, Slack, the Infinite Flight Community Forum, Google, Facebook, Instagram, and many other apps support 2FA. We actually made it a mandatory requirement on our Slack workplace.

2. Use strong and unique passwords. A strong password is something like [email protected]$**[email protected]$ or 95639156^!6%1 – something that can’t be guessed. Also use a different password for every site, so if an someone gains access to one account, they can’t pivot to others.

3. Use a proper Password Manager. This goes hand-in-hand with strong and unique passwords. Password Managers such as BitWarden (I use this one), 1Password, and LastPass are all good password managers. Ones built into browsers are often not secure – they store passwords locally on your device (often unencrypted) and don’t have any sort of protection against attackers with access to your computer.

If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Kai Malcom is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. Kai is an IFATC Specialist, student pilot, web developer and third-party developer.