They’re tethered to wireless networks, and we are tethered to them. We spend so much time with smartphones, yet most of us devote little of it contemplating our small computers. We often treat these valuable devices more like everyday household items, as opposed to curated archives of our lives.
If there’s one item in your possession housing the most information about you, it’s probably your phone. Keeping your information safe depends on learning a little more about how to choose your small computer, and how to care for it long term.
Shopping for phones
When shopping for a mobile device, we’re often thinking about how long the phone will last. We want a strong battery, fast hardware, and lots of storage to house our apps, photos, and other data. But there’s another thing we should consider when choosing a phone: How long will the phone receive security updates? …
The encrypted messaging app, Signal, is quickly becoming a newsroom staple for communicating with sources, accepting tips, talking to colleagues, and for regular old voice calls and messages. While it’s a practical tool for anyone concerned with the security and privacy of their conversations, people working in newsrooms are particularly interesting targets, and should benefit from locking down Signal.
(If you’re not yet using it, learn how to get started here.)
Signal makes it easy to have a secure conversation without thinking about it. On its face, it looks and feels identical to your default text messaging app, but security experts so often recommend it because of what it does in the background. …
Passwords are the brittle wall that keep unwanted visitors out of your accounts. When it comes to account protection, two-factor authentication is one of the most effective defenses available.
Two-factor authentication (or 2FA, for short) strengthens login security by requiring a second piece of information — a second factor beyond your password. The second piece of information is usually a temporary code delivered by a device in your possession, such as your phone. It may also be something on your body, such as a fingerprint.
You might hear it referred to by a variety of names (e.g., …