M-209 cryptographic device.

Cybersecurity Basics:
Learning More and Going Further

Do You Want To Learn More About Information Security?

Bruce Schneier has developed several cryptographic algorithms, both ciphers and hash functions. But while he's brilliant at math and logic, he also does a very good job of explaining complex topics. He has more recently become very interested in psychological issues of how we perceive and handle risk. His monthly Crypto-Gram newsletter is a very readable review of information security news. Information security issues surround us, but we don't always recognize them as such. Bruce points them out, and makes them about as clear as they can be for the masses.


If you think you might be getting interested in the details of computer and network security, keep reading the Crypto-gram but also check out Dark Reading and the Kaspersky Lab blog. Dark Reading should be readable by most anyone, they have pointers to the real details. Kaspersky's blog is a mix of overview and detailed analysis.
Dark Reading Kaspersky Lab blog Help Net Security Information Week

Ars Technica, Wired, The Atlantic (especially some of James Fallows' articles from when he worked in China), and other publications include cybersecurity stories aimed at the educated general public. Forbes has good articles on information security, but the irony is that the forbes.com site is notorious for pushing malicious software out through ad content.
Ars Technica Wired The Atlantic Forbes (patch your browser first!)

Maybe Go Further

You can set up Two-Factor Authentication. That means that it requires something you know (a password) and something you have (your phone). Several web sites now allow you to set up two-factor authentication (or 2FA) so that when you try to log in, they ask for your password and a code they send to your phone as a text message.

There are also 2FA apps for smart phones, like:
Google Authenticator

Ask your bank what two-factor authentication they support for on-line banking. If they say they aren't using any yet, that's probably OK. If they don't know what you're talking about, don't do any business with them on-line.

To go deeper into hardening Windows,
Windows Security From The Ground Up

Finally, if you want to go even deeper into the details, my cybersecurity web pages are largely collections of references and links, organized by category.
Further Cybersecurity References