5 Steps To Boost Online Safety
You can never know when someone is trying to hack your information, whether it is your address, email account, bank details or your identification. Instances of hackers breaking into unsuspecting people’s webcams are often heard of. While most of us think that something like this could never happen to us, you must always be prepared for any possible situation.
Protect yourself online from malevolent attacks, with these five simple steps that will amp up your online safety.
- Passwords protect
When you are creating a new password, the system will generally ask you to use one that has a variety of characters. While this is a great way to ensure that you are well protected, a complicated password is also easy to forget. Instead use one that is a phrase, for example, ‘IOnlyEatIceCreamOnMay21’. Additionally you should also change your password every year.
- Create a two-factor identification
You have probably heard of a ‘two-factor identification’ setup before. Simply put, this is just a login process that has two levels. Rather than having only a password, use a secret question with an answer only you know. You can also choose to tell the site to send a One Time Password (OTP) to your mobile phone.
- Delete unused accounts
You probably have an old account that you signed-up for, so you could win that discount or utilize a service. No matter how rarely you may have used that account, it will still store your personal data that you entered upon signing up. Also, these accounts are more susceptible to being hacked and can easily be used to send spam messages from your account. Be sure to keep a check on how many sites you have an account under.
- Verify that your data is safe
In order to truly know that you are safe online, you must first find out if you have been hacked online already. Visit the website ‘HaveIBeenPwned’ and enter in your email address to check whether there have been any instances of your data being hacked. Once you have filled in your email id, the site will let you know if your login data has cropped up in any breaches previously. If you find that it has, immediately change your password for that account.
- Use message encryption
While at one point of time encrypted messages were immediately associated with spies and secret societies, today end-to-end encryption is commonly used. What this does is jumble up your messages so that it cannot be read, if it is sent to anyone other than the recipient who the message is meant for. Use Signal Private Messenger One, which encrypts your messages by default.
Ultimately, your online security depends on how thorough you are with all aspects of your security. Leave one loophole and you are exposing all your linked accounts and information open to attacks.
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by techtalks @TechTalks March 23, 2017 12:31 PM UTC