NFTs, Crypto, Wallets, Safety

NFT Security Basics, Part 1 of 2: General Cyber Security

I’ve split a previous article into two parts. This one is on general cyber security, the other on web3 / crypto wallet security. (It was simply too long as a single article.)

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As I was collecting my thoughts for an article like this, I actually became overwhelmed quickly. There’s just so very, very much one could say about security best practices. Covering the topic in-depth would require an entire book — and the worst part of such a project would be that, immediately upon publication, there would no-doubt be some other new concern that emerged.

The sad fact is that security is a moving target; you’ve got to make a real effort to stay informed. The good news is that, usually, even the latest malicious trends seem to always be some new, novel, and/or clever version of something that has been done before. So, after a while, most users become pretty good at developing a sense of what’s good and what’s bad.

This article is meant as a companion to these other articles:

Okay, Let’s Start with Basic Security Best Practices

Quite a lot of what transpires in the web3 space is merely older techniques updated for web3. Here are a bunch of basics to review:

  • learn how to recognize and avoid phishing scams; (Here’s a great inro piece from the Federal Trade Commission.)
  • avoid public wifi; I’m not saying mobile users should never use public wifi, but you should be aware that it’s not secure, so you should never enter any passwords while surfing public wifi, and you should never install anything locally to access it. Really, unless you trust the hotspot, you should just avoid it completely, imho.
  • use a VPN; learn about the many benefits of using VPNs. They increase safety, encrypt your data, protect your identity, and hide your IP address from outsiders. Great stuff! There are many available. (I use…