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These are 5 security tips that you can follow to stay safe
- Use two-factor authentication whenever possible.
Two-factor authentication adds another layer of security when
logging into a website or other service, be it e-mail, banking, or other websites.
Some websites, such as Google, will text you a code when you login to verify
your identity, while others have small devices that you can carry around to
generate the code. Authenticator apps are also available on all major
smartphone platforms. Other types of two-factor authentication do exist as
well, so look in the settings of your banking, shopping, and e-mail hosts
for the option.
- Signup for login notifications
This security layer is often used in place of two-factor authentication,
including by websites such as Facebook. If your account is accessed
from an unfamiliar location, a notification is sent via e-mail, app, or text-message
to the account holder. This is a great layer of security that offers
you on-the-go protection. This feature, if offered, can usually be found
in the security settings of the website, such as banking and social media,
you are accessing.
We have all signed up for some website with a basic password,
thinking there is no way that someone would want to hack our account.
But that may not be the case. Setting an easy password on one website
often leads to that password being used across many websites. The easier
you make it for a thief to brute-force access your account, the more likely
you are to have your other accounts hacked. By establishing a mixture
of characters, numbers, and letters into a password, recommended to be 10
characters or more, you add a high level of difficulty for any brute-force
- Change your passwords regularly
There is a reason your office requires regular password changes
for your e-mail. Even if your password is compromised, by changing it
regularly across all your accounts, you remove the chance of your account
being accessed. A pro-tip would be to set a reminder for every 90 days on
your calendar with a link to all your accounts settings pages. It makes it
easiest to click through and make the changes regularly.
- Only access your accounts from secure locations
It might only be 30 seconds of access to your bank account
on that free WiFi at the coffee shop, but if the network has been compromised,
that is more than enough time to collect all the data needed for a thief.
While the convenience factor is there, if you must access the accounts, you
might want to look into a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to ensure an encrypted
connection to your home or work network.