July 5, 2016

Protect Your Account From Hackers!

I think it is safe to say that we all know about online hackers, and have heard a plethora of horror stories about people’s social media accounts being compromised after a hacker got their password. This issue may seem like one we cannot control, and that we all stand the same chance of having our accounts hacked; but there are a few easy steps that you can take to be sure that your accounts have an added layer of protection against hackers.

1. Choose a good password
Some websites give you a certain length that your password is required to be, but a good password should be about 12 characters or longer. Your password should also contain a combination between numerals, uppercase, and lowercase letters, and should not have easy to guess personal information such as your birthday, pet’s name, or middle name.

2. Never use the same password twice
It is obviously a lot easier to remember your passwords for everything if they are all the same, but in actuality, this is a great way to get hacked. You should have a separate password for every different site you use, especially ones that are linked to a method of payment.

3. Use a password manager
Nowadays, there’s an app for everything, and as I’m sure you guessed, there are apps and website used for storing all of your passwords. Sites like LastPass and Dashlane, allow you to enter all of your passwords into one account and you have one mater password to access the site. The only downfall is that if a hacker were to figure out your password for one of these sites, you stand the chance of losing all of your passwords at one time.

4. Use two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication essentially combines the protection of a password with the protection of your phone. To use this security feature, you usually would add your phone number while setting up your account. Whenever you log into your account from a new device or a different location, you will receive an additional password or authentication code needed to log in.
There is always a chance that we could all be hacked at any time, but with these tips, your chances lower a little bit, and you don’t run the risk of losing all control over all of your online accounts.

Information from http://mashable.com/2016/06/06/protect-your-accounts-from-hackers/#6bIDGKpmH5qA