of Americans have personally experienced a major data breach

Skua Labs is the one place where freelancers and independent consultants can find expert advice, product reviews and step-by-step guidance on cybersecurity best practices.


Digital data and devices are the lifeblood of independent contractors, freelancers and small business owners. Cybercriminals are more sophisticated than ever and data breaches are a weekly headline. It’s time freelancers improve their cybersecurity.


Just because you are a business of one doesn’t mean your data and the sensitive information of your clients is any less important or critical to protect than a big Fortune 500 brand.  While cybersecurity can seem complex and confusing, there are a handful of basic steps you should take to secure your data and devices.

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We are freelancers who want to improve cybersecurity practices for all freelancers. We show you the basic cybersecurity practices that can help protect your data and make you more productive.

What's Included

We give you just what you need to do the basics right.

Cybersecurity Toolkit

Six core how-to modules covering the core cybersecurity best practices from backup and recovery to password management, networking, mobile security, maintenance and phishing.

Expert Webcasts

Webcasts cover common threats, risks and cybersecurity basics. Topics range from role-based cybersecurity for freelancers to choosing the right VPN and password managers.

Solution Spotlights

In-house vendor reviews of important cybersecurity products and services that help you understand what to buy, what to ignore and how to tell the difference.

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Unlimited Updates

Cybersecurity best practices constantly evolve so we include unlimited updates to all content, tools, research and reviews. We proactively send updates and announcements.

Exclusive Newsletters

Receive member-only newsletters detailing new products and solutions to improve your cybersecurity. We cover everything from the basic know-how to the specific how-to.


We provide checklists and cheatsheets that help you stay on track and up to date with the basics of cybersecurity. Checklists accompany the topics included in the six-module toolkit.

The Toolkit: Cybersecurity Fundamentals Training for Freelancers

The Toolkit is a 6-part series of guided how-to training modules that walk you through the fundamentals of basic cybersecurity. Each module has 2 parts. Part 1 of each module is a concise, easy-to-understand overview of what you need to know about the topic and part 2 provides step-by-step guidance for how to get it done.

1. Passwords

Still using spreadsheets and post-its? It’s time to radically improve your password security. We dissect password management basics and provide specific, actionable advice for what to do.

2. Phishing

Phishing is ubiquitous and you need to know how to spot phishing scams and what to do to avoid them. We walk you through common phishing tactics and campaigns so you’re prepared.

3. Backup

With the spread of ransomware you need a good backup and recovery solution. We show you the 3-2-1 backup strategy and include vendor reviews and recommendations.

4. Mobile

Since so much of our digital data flows through mobile devices we show you how to secure your phones, tablets and laptops. Topics include which VPN to choose, how to set one up and how to secure iOS and Android devices.

5. Networking

Your home office modem and router carry your critical data so you need to ensure the data is secure. We show you how to secure your home network across multiple ISP interfaces including AT&T, Verizon and Xfinity.

6. Maintenance

In the final module we bring it all together and show you how to stay secure going forward by keeping things current and up-to-date. We cover how to easily and automatically update your operating systems and apps.


Download the FREE Cybersecurity Fundamentals guide

A quick starter guide on what you should do and why you should do it. Includes topics such as:

Password security

Two factor authentication

Backup and recovery

"The Skua content helps me do the basics and do them right." -Holly P., freelance writer, Brooklyn NY


$49.95per year
  • SOLUTION SPOTLIGHTS Cybersecurity vendor reviews
  • NEWSLETTERS Exclusive to members
  • UNLIMITED UPDATES All content, research and toolkit modules


$99.95per year
  • SOLUTION SPOTLIGHTS Cybersecurity vendor reviews
  • NEWSLETTERS Exclusive to members
  • UNLIMITED UPDATES All content, research and toolkit modules
  • plus
  • CUSTOM CONSULT 30 Minute personalized phone call
  • CONTRACT TERMS For use in client contracts

Cybersecurity Insights for Freelancers


Equifax Data Breach Takeaways

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Solution Spotlight: Dashlane Password Manager

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Two Factor Authentication for Freelancers

Freelancers need to start using two factor authentication now. Here are three ways to start using SMS, app and device-based authentication to fortify your security.

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I Erased My Hard Drive to Test Backup & Recovery

Here’s what happened. Hint: It wasn’t pretty.

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VPN Basics for Freelancers

Learn the benefits and cautions of VPNs along with 4 questions to ask to find the right VPN for freelancing.

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Freelancer Briefing: How to Avoid IRS and Tax Phishing Scams

Here are a few best practices and common phishing scams to keep in mind as you navigate the tax filing season.

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