Below, we will detail some security tips and information in relation to the parts of a standard account. This can also be applied on multiple platforms and multiple systems, which will more than likely double the security protection of your accounts.
- Do not use easily identifiable words or numbers (famous dates, birthdays, real life words, repeating, identifiable word/number patterns);
- Saving passwords to a browsers cache is one of the main ways they get compromised;
- Making strong passwords, meaning to use a random combination of numbers and letter (upper and lowercase). Remembering them might be a challenge, or you can use a trusted password management service that can guarantee their security.
- The most vulnerable part of your account on most cases;
- Usually the first thing that gets compromised;
- Keeping your email safe and accessible, usually guarantees that you have the ability to reset your account;
- Overlooking email security could lead to multiple accounts being compromised that are assigned to said email;
- The person who has access to the email will, most likely, have access to reset the account password and possibly other account information.
- The more an email is used to register accounts, the more it is exposed to the risk of being exposed and compromised;
- 2FA, the most accessible and popular tool used by most account providers to secure your individual login, if done right, makes your account almost uncompromisable, just be mindful to use a secure and trusted authentification app and follow proper procedure when moving it to another device;
- SMS verification, ties your account additionally to your mobile number.
- IP Verification: This helps us ensure that your account is not accessed by 3rd parties associated commonly identifiable risk related
- Password management service, this is a way to go to have complicated passwords saved in a system for easy accessibility and security. Although, you are trusting a 3rd party to keep your data safe.
- First of all, check the WiFi network you will connect to. In many places there are several WiFi networks open within reach of the computer, so it is necessary to verify that you will really connect to the desired one, and not to a stranger.
- Computers with Windows 7, Windows 8 and the latest versions of OS X, have the ability to share files with other devices that are connected to the same network. If we are using a public WiFi network, it is recommended to have this option disabled. In Windows, from the control panel, network options. On OS X, from system preferences.
- Avoid using the same password for different accounts. This not only applies to connect to public WiFi networks, but in general
- Whenever we are going to access a website that handles our personal data, such as an email or work platform, a bank website or in general that stores sensitive information, always verify that it is accessed through a secure navigation protocol, such as HTTPS In summary, if “https” does not appear in the browser bar, avoid logging in, since the site is not correctly encrypted.
- Whenever we use the computer in a public place with open WiFi access, and we are not connected to the Internet, it is advisable to disable the ability to connect to WiFi if it is not needed.
- Avoid lasting longer than necessary connected to an account. For example, as soon as you finish sending that important email, log out of the email.
- In the case of mobile devices, it is advisable to keep the automatic connection to WiFi networks disabled, and only connect to a public network to do what we have to do, and then disconnect. It is preferable to consume a little more mobile data, rather than suffer data theft.
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