Hacking Your E-mail Account without your permission is Impossible
Every single account should have a different password. Never ever have the same password for an insecure site like Facebook and something important like your online banking.
If your password is less than ten characters long, a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols then it is not strong enough. It must never be a name, birthday or information about someone or something around you. An example of a strong password is something like “ca#T_on+M
I bet 95% of you have your email address or name as your username? Bad move rookie. You should make your usernames as complex as your passwords. Many WordPress blogs are set up with the default username of “admin” so hackers are already 50% of the way there. Change your usernames to something complex and unrelated.
4-Updated anti-virus and anti-malware software
You need to have an updated version (or two) of the latest anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. There are free ones like AVG or paid ones like Norton. I also use Malwarebytes to scan for things that anti-virus programs miss. Get one and update it automatically.
5-Latest Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari versions
Don’t just ignore that update request from your browser, do it right away. Some of those updates are security ones. In fact, keep up to date as to which is the most secure browser and just use that. Hello Chrome?
6-Use Facebook and email securely with the right URL
Go log in to Facebook. Go on, do it. Now, does the URL say “http://” or “https://”? If it is the former then you are not in a secure session. Go in to your settings and make sure it always uses https:// and whenever you log into any website make sure you type the “s” if you are logging in.
7-Don’t use public free WiFi
You know when you go to a cafe and log on to the free network? Well, take a look at how easy it is for people to steal your Facebook and email passwords using a simple Firefox plugin. Its really sad that this type of stuff exists. I just don’t use Wi-Fi anymore.
8-Don’t click links in emails
Even if you think the email looks official, it’s a good idea to avoid clicking any links in emails that you aren’t expecting. Sometimes the person sending the strange email could have had their account compromised, or the sender could be posing as a government organization to trick you. Just Google search it or phone them if it’s important. This is how the majority of problems occur so be vigilant.
9-Enable two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication is available on most providers and adds another level of security to your accounts by requiring that a unique code be sent to your phone when you try to login. This means that anyone who wants to get in to your account also needs your phone to get in.
10-Don’t send passwords or store important information online OR offline
Don’t send secure information over the net at all. Especially through chat or email. If someone has got into your account without you noticing they might be monitoring what you are doing. If you need to send passwords to workers, family, etc. then call them on the phone. You should also avoid saving passwords on your hard drive as that too is really easy to access.
11-Make your security questions tough
You know those security questions like “what is your mother’s maiden name?” Well, make them complex answers. For example, in one of mine I selected first pet’s name and then made the answer a complex password. If you ever get hacked you need this information to re-gain access to the account. You don’t want a hacker to change this.
12- Don’t use your PC Administrator account
Most people use the Administrator account because it gives you freedom to add programs, etc. But, did you know that by using a non-Administrator account you can slow down the spread of a virus attack?
13-Monitor your logged on locations
If you go down to the bottom of your Gmail account you will see a little line of text that says “Last account activity”. This shows you where your account has been accessed from so if you suspect something is not right you should keep an eye on this and record unfamiliar IPs.
14-Use a phishing filter
This can help you identify if anyone is trying to run a phishing scam on you by showing you what is safe.
15-Research and read up
Make sure you are up to date with the latest in internet security. You can create alerts in your news reader or follow blogs that update you on such concerns.
16-Update your apps and software
As with browsers, a lot of the updates that your phone or computer is always bothering you about are to patch security bugs. Make sure you always carry these out as they will help to protect you from new issues as they arise.
If I have missed anything out please leave a comment and let me know. Hopefully we can turn this article in to a nice resource for people to use in order to prevent these types of hacks and phishing scams happening to them.
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