Hacking attacks have been trending since the 1990s and the world’s top companies like Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been affected.
Have you ever been a victim of hacking ? Have you ever lost your personal information, or has the computer you use been compromised ?
Taking care of security is necessary, as it directly affects your online assets.
If there is no care of security on a user’s end, security breaches can occur, which often result in losing sensitive information like passwords, identity theft, cyber bullying and personal account hijacking.
Once the hacker succeeds in occupying our online assets, they diminish our chances of regaining control. It becomes time consuming, challenging and sometimes impossible to get everything back on track.
In this article, I introduce you to some of the best ways to secure your personal accounts online. We will also discuss their importance and the consequences if not configured correctly. We will also talk about set up and configuration measures to protect your personal accounts from all types of hackers.
1. Strong passwords
Configure strong passwords is the first step in securing your personal accounts. If there are no strict passwords maintained, your accounts expose a potential prey for various types of attacks including the dictionary and brute force attacks, in which certain automated hacking tools try to confirm your password by trying a predefined collection of guessable passwords. When you set up secure passwords, you take the necessary measure to stop the tools used for guessing your password. You can configure a secure password at the time of making your account on a website or change it now. It is also a good practice to change your passwords on a timely basis to avoid your accounts from being compromised. It is recommended to keep changing your passwords regularly, as no system prevents its user from changing passwords more than a single time.
2. Follow the basic security precautions of a website
Almost every site provides a basic security routine for its users. If a user doesn’t follow a site’s basic security routine, his account doesn’t validate their policy for getting back in case of a hacking attack. It is also important to note that websites do not provide any backup support if they find a user not following their proper security suggestions. You can locate the security measures of a site by going to the settings page of your account because websites usually keep their security measures in the settings of an account.
3. Setup contact information properly
Your contact details like email and mobile phone play a significant role in recovering your account back in case of compromising. If the contact credentials are not present correctly, you get no chance to get your account back when compromised, so the importance of your contact information in your account plays as a guard for your account. To check and configure your contact details, go to the settings page. There, you should find contacts already connected to your account. Verify the details and make necessary changes if required. For maximum security, it is a good idea to relate at least two emails and a mobile contact with your account as there is no restriction if a user connects more than a single email with his account.
4. Configure Two-step Authentication
Two-step Authentication is a security feature which enables a user to sign into his account after entering a code sent to his email or mobile. If a two bridge safety feature like Two-step authentication is not configured, your account can directly be accessed if your password is leaked or stolen. In this regard, if you set this option, no one can enter into your account even if your password is entered correctly. Big companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter provide Two-step authentication feature, but if you want to find out about your site, just go to their settings page or a regular search function will cover the catch.
5. Always check account usage log on timely basis
Most likely sites like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, provide account activity log, which provides the usage history of your account. These sites also notify you when they find any malicious activity on your account. To keep track of your account, always check your account activity log on a timely basis. You can access your account activity log page by going to the settings and privacy section of your account or you can check your general settings to find the option of getting email notifications when any malicious activity is observed.
It is important to keep track of your account security features on a timely basis. In order to keep your account safe from growing threats online, always follow the primary and end user security precautions for your account. It is also important to check your contact details in your account and configure Two-step authentication for maximum security.