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Monday, May 15, 2017

Best ways to protect your online accounts and social media accounts


Now a days we are facing a wide variety of online attacks from highly organised cyber criminals and they target businesses and even government systems. They always try to steal intellectual property and information related to critical infrastructure. The goal of most of them is to extract passwords through phishing and ultimately steal money or  the crucial information that too may be monetized. The following tips may be very helpful if followed carefully
Best ways to protect your online accounts
Best ways to protect your online accounts


1 Always Use a Strong Passwords and change it frequently

Most of the People are careless in this matter and use their date of birth or a name of child or date of an event in their family as a login password. This is a very bad and harmful habit. Always use a password that has a combination of letters(Both Upper case and lower case), figures, and special characters. Make it a habit to change your password at regular intervals



2 Always use a different Password for different account

Almost everyone of us have a number of accounts on internet like email, social media and various other sites and most of them use the same password for all his accounts. The reason We know is very simple that it’s very difficult to remember a number of passwords to be used for different accounts. Please be careful that in such case, if one of your account has been compromised it’s very likely that your other accounts would also be compromised. Therefore please make sure to have a different password for each account and the passwords must always be strong. You can use a password generator to help create strong passwords.

3 Always be careful while allowing an app to access your account

Some times while downloading an app or otherwise, we need to signup to that site. Almost all such sites provide an option to login using your social media(Twitter, Facebook, google+ etc.) account. In such case, the web site shouts our permission to view our profile and we allow to view our profile. The problem starts from here and the websites may misuse our data. Not all the websites may misuse our data but a few black sheep are reported selling data to some similar websites. Therefore it is best practice to avoid such websites whom we don’t know properly.


 
4 Be careful while using a password manager

Though it’s very difficult to remember a number of passwords to be used for different accounts but for our safety we must do it. To help with this, people use a password manager, but here also we need special care about the reliability of the pass word manager. Therefore always use a password manager whom you personally believe to be reliable.

5 Never store passwords on your System

A number of people are habitual of Storing password on their system in the form of a text file or otherwise. But this is not a good habit. A password stored in your system may easily be seen by the hackers.

6 Always use Two-step Authentication for logging

Two-step authentication is strong method of keeping your accounts safe. In this method you will receive a code by text message on your mobile handset or on your registered email ID to verify that you’re the right person logging into your profile. Therefore Make sure to use two-step authentication for all your accounts. You should also set up log in alerts for your accounts, so that you can spot an unusual login if any.




7 Beware of Suspicious Links

Beware of clicking links specially when you’re on a social media website or reading your emails as they could content malicious and dangerous software. The unknown Links are known to be dangerous and a largest source of spreading malware. You should be alerts of links even sent by your social media friends because their account might be compromised and you, and they, might not even know it. Moreover they are not your real friends.

8 Logging In On Different Devices

Desktops or Laptops connected to the internet through a physical line are considered to be more secure in comparison with the hand held devices(Smartphone, Tablets etc.) and other devices connected wirelessly. However this is not true in case of a public kiosks of internet cafes because these are open to use by all types of people including criminals. The security of a public wi-fi is considered to be worst. Therefore, avoid logging into your accounts on other devices or computers and devices using wireless connections that are unsecure and untrustworthy. If there is an emergency to do so, make sure to logout and delete history while leaving.

9 Keep Your Device malware free

Any kind of malware, like virus, Trojan, worms are always dangerous for any device therefore it is necessary to keep your device malware free. For this keep a good quality updated antivirus software with the capability of real time monitoring, installed. Update it regularly if not updated automatically. Some free antivirus work good and Windows Defender provided my Microsoft with windows is s best option.



10 Secure your device

Make sure that your device is password protected, it may prove very helpful to erase data and other things in case your device is stolen. Though your smartphone., can still broken into even if it’s locked and if that’s the case, you can erase all data on your phone when stolen or lost. In such case, iPhone, has good arrangements as all data on the device will be eraser after 10 failed password attempts.

11 Be careful while online purchasing online

While purchasing online you need special care because in most of the cases the online retailers redirect their customers to their sub sellers. The websites of these sub sellers are not secure and we have no mean to check their reliability. Therefore always choose to purchase an item directly dealt by the  online retailer.

12 Keep your bank accounts safe

Keep your online payment accounts secure using strong passwords and regularly changing your passwords, regularly check the transactions in your online bank accounts. It is good habit to have separate banking accounts for different purposes. This may limit any possibility of potential fraud.


13 Never save your bank, credit/debit card details on websites 

Websites always ask you weather you want to save your bank, credit/debit card details for further use, please always say no. though the incidents of mass data stealing aren't common, but even then we must avoid the risk. Why we must take such just to save a minute or less for keying these details.

14 Always Ignore pop-ups

Always avoid the pop-ups as there are possibility that these Pop-ups may carry malware which potentially harm us. Please note carefully that whenever one clicks a pop-up a background download(known as drive-by download) is performed and this  background download, will certainly not be for your benefit but install a malware. The pop-ups offered by e-commerce sites like site surveys are most likely to carry a malcode.

15 Always avoid public Wi-Fi 

Public Wi-Fi are considered to be very unsecure as Most of the Wi-Fi hotspots send the information unencrypted and this data will be received by its web destination, in the clear format. While traveling through the air on the wireless network, a packet sniffer can easily intercept your unencrypted data. 

16 Use virtual keyboards  

Virtual keyboards are available on all quality websites. Please always ensure to use virtual keyboards where available. These keyboards are very helpful to protect your login details from keylpggers and cyber criminals 

17 Never save bank login details in your browser

The passwords saved in your web browsers are not safe therefore never save login ID and passwords in your web browsers specially those belonging to financial institutions.


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