While password protected accounts are intended to keep your online accounts safe, if you aren’t careful with the types of passwords you’re using they can actually end up backfiring on you. Many people fall into common password pitfalls which end up compromising their accounts and allowing easy access by hackers. Also, if you own more than half a dozen online accounts, its best that you implement some of the below mentioned steps in order to safeguard your account and manage them better and in a systematic way. Use these tips to securely protect your online accounts:
- Use different passwords for each account. Far too often people make the mistake of using one universal password for every account they have online. However a hacker simply needs to figure out one of your passwords to figure them all out when you do this, and as a result you can end up losing sensitive information across the board. Use password managers that helps you select safe passwords. One of the better password manager is KeePass.
- Change your passwords frequently. If you’ve been using the same password for years simply because it’s easy to remember it’s time to make the switch to a new one. Frequently changing your password makes it hard for people to break into your accounts, keeping hackers at bay.
- Connect your Mobile number with your Facebook account so that you receive instant notifications and alerts whenever your account is being accessed elsewhere. Just go to Facebook > Click on the Triangle icon on the top right > Account Settings > Security and setup the Security Settings.
- Use the 2-step verification process for your Google Account. [2-step verification] This is really handy. In case if somebody tries to get into your Gmail account from different system, he will have to enter a security code that will be sent as an SMS on your mobile number thus ensuring that your account is super safe. He/She won’t be able to login without entering the verification code.
- Use a combination of numbers, symbols, and letters. Instead of using just one word for a password, make it harder to crack by using a combination of numbers, symbols, and letters. The more variation in your password the stronger it will be. Some accounts will even be case sensitive, so you can add in randomly capitalized letters as well.
- Make sure to enable secure HTTP in all social networking platforms that support it. The option to enable https will be something like – “Always use HTTPS”. You can enable it for Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and all the other services which support this function.
- Avoid checking any sensitive accounts on public Wi-Fi. Public Wi-Fi, while convenient, is a haven for hackers looking to break into unsuspecting victim’s accounts. It’s easy for hackers to decode information that you think you’re sending securely over a public account, so skip checking your accounts in public places and save them until you’re on a network you know is secure.
- Stay away from common password combinations. One of the keys to keeping your passwords safe is using passwords that are unique to you and difficult to decipher. Stay away from the basic password combinations like “password”, “12345”, or “qwerty”. These types of passwords are far too easy to figure out.
Unfortunately there are a lot of people out there who will attempt to steal your passwords and break into your online accounts, compromising any and all sensitive information you store in them. To avoid this type of mishap change your passwords frequently, use different ones for each account, make unique combinations instead of common ones, and avoid checking accounts on public Wi-Fi. With these tips you drastically lessen your chances of being hacked.
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