ajohnson wrote:Please don't take this the wrong way, but to be completely candid: if you really cared, you'd spend ~$30 on a book and at least skim it and/or use it as a reference for specific topics.
Hey, I never said I wouldn't do that.
My exact point is that you're not going to properly secure anything, including your laptop, unless you take the time to learn what common threats are on how to mitigate them. I'm using arbitrary numbers here, but doing really well in three areas and neglecting twelve others isn't going to do you much good overall. "Security" means different things to different people, and unless you take the time to figure out what it means to you, you're not going to go about it in an efficient or effective manner.
I appreciate your candor, but let me counter...
I will be getting a new laptop in the next week and will start using it.
There is no way I can buy, read, and apply a 400 page+ book in that time.
So I am trying to secure things which I know are needed and important up front (e.g. FDE and strong Pass-Phrases).
I realize that in an ideal world I'd go off to the mountain top, study up on everything for a month or two, and then come back and apply everything. But like people in most situations, that isn't an option.
Like most things, my suspicion is that the 80/20 rule applies here... 80% of the security can likely be covered in 20% of the things.
In the past few weeks I have learned about and will be applying...
1.) Strong Pass-Phrases
2.) Secure Hotspot
4.) Private VPN
5.) EFI Password
6.) Stop using Free Wi-Fi
Is that not a good start while I'm possibly reading the book you mentioned?
And what would be the next things I'd want to do as far as "priorities"?
I'm all for learning, but I can't wait to get where you guys are at before I start using it...