How to Protect Your Web Accounts from Being Hacked
Hacking is a regular occurrence worldwide over the internet. Email, social networking and other online accounts are at risk of being hacked into if care is not taken to keep secure information safe. To best to prevent your web accounts from being hacked, there are various approaches you can take to stay in control and secure.
Part 1 of 4: Email accounts
1. Use a secured email account. When signing up for an e-mail account or any other account on the internet, make use of all the verification processes it provides. These are usually additional layers of information that is known only to you. The verification processes provided include things such as Phone Verification, SMS Verification, and answering specific security questions. Do your research on finding a secure email account and Web Accounts, depending on your personal needs; there are reviews available from other users if you do online searches.
- Be aware that the email service provider you’re using will have its own security measures, hence no particular one is set out here. Simply follow the instructions that are aimed at securing your account as tightly as possible. If you are trying to use an email account that lacks security features, reconsider using it at all.
- Be aware that no email service is 100 percent safe. Do everything possible to make hacking very difficult
2. Make your email address less easy to guess. If you include a number with your name or an unusual word, etc., it makes it harder for someone to simply guess your name by adding your first and last names together and emailing.
3. Guard your email password. Do not give it to anybody else, do not store it in your email Drafts folder and do not store it where it can be accessed. Your password is valuable, so treat it as such and keep it confidential. Tighten up the security of your account. Add an extra phone number and alternative email address for password recovery if somehow your account is hacked and the password has been changed. Add security questions related to password recovery so you can recover your hacked password later on.
4. React promptly but carefully to messages about possible attacks to your email account. If you receive a message from your email provider that they are concerned about the email being compromised, follow it up. Read it carefully though, as if the email itself is a scam, it will have giveaway signs such as bad grammar, illegitimate/spoofed logos, a click-on link to change a password (do not click, always change a password from the account itself), etc.Visit: https://good-name.net/
- If you are suspicious that an email from your email provider isn’t real, contact the email company directly, either by phone or by a separate email sent through their actual website. Wait to hear back from them before responding to the suspicious email. Some companies have email abuse or inquiry departments; check their website for more information.
5. Consider using different email accounts for different purposes. If you want an account where you can be less careless, such as for leaving your email address all over the internet, etc., use a separate one intended just for that and leave nothing personal or sensitive on it, ever. Keep your personal email account secure using the suggestions above but also by not giving it to many people, other than those you trust.
6. If it’s too good to be true, it’s suspicious. If you receive emails promising prizes, wins, money exchanges, eternal love, etc., then be very suspicious. Never click on a link promising such things and never reply to the email either. Delete the message without actioning it any further.
Part 2 of 4: Social networking
1. Have a secured Facebook account. This is only provided for those who want to sign-up for Facebook. Use your original identity and information to sign-up for a Facebook account. Follow all of the account verification processes provided to make your account secure.
2. Keep your password secure. Do not share it with anyone, do not store it in your mail inbox or anywhere on Facebook or online. Don’t share your password with friends. If you log on at a cybercafé or similar, always remember to log right back off when you finish (better yet, don’t use a public computer at all).
3. Be really careful if using public access computers for Facebook, Twitter, etc. If possible, avoid checking your social networking accounts on anything but your own devices of Web Accounts. But if you have no choice, consider the following:
- Never click “keep me logged in”, or similar long-term access checks, when entering the site.
- Be aware of who is around you when you key in your password. Cover the keys if you feel safer.
- Be discreet and don’t attract attention while using the site. Curiosity can lead some people to want to fiddle just because…
- Always remember to log out when you’re done. Just get into the habit of going through a list in your head of “log in, do not check to stay logged in, log out” when using public access devices.