I bit the bullet. Rather, I’m biting the bullet. There are enough nefarious and dangerous creatures on the internet these days that I’ve decided to lock my online life down tight.
Wherever possible I’ve changed usernames and passwords (something more complex than the name of the dog I had when living on 7th Street as a child). Wherever my iPhone and iPad are used in public, I have a VPN (virtual private network) running (actually two; each one changes every few days). At home, I added an extra layer– another Wi-Fi router with tougher passwords.
Email is less of an issue as I manage all my own accounts except Gmail and Yahoo! email (which are seldom used) and only use iCloud email for communication with Apple. My own email servers run a rather tight mix of filters, spam checker, Spam Assassin, and a growing list of acceptable email senders. Email attachments are never opened unless I know the attachment is being sent by friend, family, or colleague
All the browsers I use are equipped with ad blockers, tracker blockers, and other tools to block or identify anything beyond the content I want to read on each website. Bookmarks have been pruned to only the basics and only those sites that I trust. I use two RSS news readers– one personal, one business– and add sites that are newsworthy and beneficial.
Online presence with various social networks remains limited to family and a few friends. Less and less email is used– replaced with Messages or a couple of other highly secured messaging systems. Not WeChat (Chinese). Not WhatsApp (Facebook). Not Line (only know two people who use it).
Both Macs require passwords to unlock even though they’re anchored at home. iPad and iPhone require Touch ID or Face ID to open. I buy applications only from well known and trusted vendors.
No Windows PCs or Android devices make their residence here. No home appliances have IoT (internet of things) built-in.
There was a time when I would have considered such steps to be overkill. No more. It’s a jungle out there. Hackers are probing every IP address on the planet. 24/7.