A day scarcely goes by without a reported case of hacking. Millions of accounts are exposed and all sorts of information released to the public. Recently, over 500 million Yahoo user accounts were hacked. So, any account can be illegally accessed. You never know because hacking is becoming more sophisticated daily. This makes your online existence vulnerable. You must secure and protect your different web accounts. We gather seven ways you can make them safer.
Close dormant accountsInactive accounts easily get hacked. It is because they remain unused for a very long time. If you know you are not using a particular account, you should close it. As a rule of thumb, only open accounts you can use often.
Set up a password managerIf you find it difficult to recall your password(s), you should use a password manager. It will save all your login details for you. It can also generate unique passwords for you.
Add two-step verificationThe two-step verification has been around for a while now. And it is just a way to make it difficult for your account to be hacked. The two-step verification prevents anyone from logging into your account from a new device even though they have your username and password. They need a code delivered via SMS to your phone.
Delete third-party account connectionsThere’s nothing wrong with allowing other services to connect to your Facebook and Twitter. But you should reduce these connections to your main account. And don’t forget to close third party apps you’re not using in order to block off any potential loopholes for hackers to exploit.
Change your passwords oftenWe all know that we must not use weak passwords and change your passwords often.
Be conscious of what you share onlineEnsure your personal details that can be used to verify your identity, like your home address, and your birthday is not readily available online. Hackers may need this sensitive information to access your accounts.
Keep your software updatedYou should keep your computer software as well as your online accounts updated. But most times these accounts automatically updates itself. You can still check to update others manually.
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