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+--| Recent computer security improvements |----------------------------------+
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| I consider myself pretty computer savvy and aware of my online security,    |
| but what this means has changed a lot over the several decades that I've    |
| been using computers. For obvious reasons in 2016 I've decided it was time  |
| to step up some of my practices.  So here are some things I've done:        |
|                                                                             |
| * I am ashamed to admit that I was an inveterate password-reuser until this |
|   year. I'm now atoning for that by using a password manager and unique     |
|   passwords.                                                                |
|                                                                             |
| * I've been using PGP since 1995, but the key I was using until this year   |
|   was almost 20 years old and half the currently-recommended key size. I've |
|   now generated a new stronger key, and I'm storing it (only) on a hardware |
|   device called a YubiKey which I keep on my person.                        |
|                                                                             |
| * I've started using two-factor authentication.  The device that I use for  |
|   my second factor is a Google Authenticator app that runs on my smartwatch |
|   (not on my phone or PC, as that would defeat the purpose of protecting    |
|   logins on those devices).                                                 |
|                                                                             |
| * I've stopped accepting password authentication for my SSH logins, and     |
|   with the exception of one other trusted device, I now require my YubiKey  |
|   to be used for SSH logins.                                                |
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| I'm conscious that there's a lot more I could do, but I'm now feeling a     |
| lot better about how difficult it would be for someone to breach my         |
| computer security, compared to how easily they could have done so a year    |
| ago. Are there any of these tips that you could use too?                    |
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