Privacy & Security Settings
Almost all the services online have some sort of security settings to protect and manage your account in a better manner. Take full advantage of those privacy and security settings. This is first step you should be taking after creating an account on any website.
Enable Google's 2-step verification
This is particularly for Google Products like Gmail, Google+, etc. Google's 2-step verification provides an extra layer of security which means a hacker will have two hurdles to clear if he wants to get in your account. What actually this 2-step verification will actually do is that after you enter your username and password, Google will send you a code on your phone via text message and you need to enter that code to get in your account. So even if the hacker gets your password, he will still need to have access to your phone to get in your account. Also have a look a Yahoo's sign-in seal.
Use HTTPS wherever possible
HTTPS assures that you are on a secure, encrypted connection. HTTPS is usually found on internet banking sites or on sites where some money transaction is involved via credit card or debit card. There are also available of sites such as Facebook and Twitter where most of personal information is stored. So turn on usage of HTTPS in settings of websites having this feature.
Use Fake Information for Security Questions
Security questions are another layer of security where questions such as your first pet name or grandmother's name are asked. Use fake answers here instead of real answers. Obviously it may be difficult to remember if you ever forget your password but it will not allow the hacker to hack your account easily especially if the hacker knows you personally.
Change Passwords every 6 months
Changing your password every 6 months or may be even every 3 months is a very common advice and it is correct as well. Keep your password strong and if you are not able to remember complicated passwords, then you can use some good password managers like LastPass or RoboForm.
The above mentioned steps do not guarantee that your account will never get hacked. It will just drastically minimize the chances of your account from getting hacked. Hackers come up with new ways everyday but you should do your part and take necessary precautions. I hope the steps we shared today will help you in protecting your account to a certain extent.
That's all for today.
All the Best and Be safe.