5 Precautions To Protect Your Accounts From Being Hacked

Monday, August 13, 2012 3 Comments

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Did your account ever get hacked? If yes, then you must have taken some serious steps like changing password and security questions, etc. If none your accounts ever got hacked, then you may be lucky for a while because tons of accounts get hacked daily and one day your account could also be a victim. Many people don't take this seriously by just thinking what a hacker will get by hacking my account? If you are one of them, then you’re thinking completely wrong. You may not have any personal or important information in some of your accounts but think that a hacker can even misuse your account. A hacker can send some unwanted spam or lewd messages from your hacked account or he can even use your identity for illegal activities which can get you in some serious trouble. You should always keep these things in mind when you are on the internet and you must take some necessary precautions, which we are going to share today, before any your account gets hacked. Remember 'Prevention is Better than Cure.'


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Conclusion:


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.
Cheers :)

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  1. I use Two-Factor Authentication across a lot of my accounts. I feel a lot more secure when I can telesign into my account. If you have that option available to you use it, it is worth the time and effort to have the confidence that your account won't get hacked and your personal information isn't up for grabs. It would be nice to see more of the leading companies in their respective verticals start giving their users the perfect balance between security and user experience. I know some will claim that 2FA makes things more complicated, but the slight inconvenience each time you log in is worth the confidence of knowing your info is secure. I'm hoping that more companies start to offer this awesome functionality. To me this should be a prerequisite to any system that wants to promote itself as being secure.

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  2. https is really secure and leaves no scope of hacking

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  3. I kind of agree with trictac, however it again rolls back the level of encryption being used.

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