FBI Director James Comey’s bad Computer Security Advice!

by Rob Fleming

FBI Director James Comey advised consumers and the general public on Wednesday to cover their laptop’s and other digital devices with a camera using tape during a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

While this supposed security method is highly ludicrous, what makes it even more ridiculous is this security method came from the Director of the largest government police agency who reportedly employs some of the world’s greatest computer security engineers.

While making his statement Comey was rebuffed for his role in the high-profile battle to force Apple to reveal its technology to gain access to iPhone data that was used by one of the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorists. Many considered this a direct threat and repeal of the right to personal privacy.

What makes this crude security advice so outlandish is that it comes from the Director of the FBI, not some computer illiterate child, or am I wrong in that assessment?

At any rate, the question of online privacy and computer security clearly go hand in hand and while I suppose the public can’t expect the FBI to hand out technical advice on computer safety or security, it clearly shouldn’t offer a tip as “cover your laptop camera with tape” as a means to online privacy or protection.

The path to real computer security

To fully secure your computer and other digital devices requires only a few simple security measures and common sense when accessing your online accounts.

1. Install and use quality anti-virus & malware detection and scanning software.
2. Never share your usernames & passwords with anyone, your first line of security lies with the secrecy this information.
3. Never use the same username/password combination for all of your online accounts.
4. Use complex usernames & passwords.
5. Don’t use 3rd party username & password saving software that is online or cloud based. Should these online apps be hacked all of your private information is now exposed.
6. Always keep your PC, laptop and digital devices update with the newest software updates.
7. Never open or click on email links that appear suspicious. If you suspect an official looking email might be a scam then call the company or service provider shown in the email.

Always use good anti-virus & malware detection software. There are many quality brands on the market, however, I use and recommend Eset’s Nod32 anti-virus and Cybersecurity suite. Eset runs on Windows, OS X, and Linux as well as Android smartphones. Because Eset is one of only a few top of the line developers of anti-virus, malware, and bot detectors and scanners they offer a full 30-day trial of their software, and for less money that most other Anti-virus software companies Eset can protect every computer, laptop, and Android Smartphone on your family!

Before you settle for using tape to secure your laptop’s camera invest in some real online security and software protection.
If you think your computer or laptop may be infected then try this 100% free online scanner and removal tool from Eset.