Simple Tips To Keep Our Account From Hackers

Once an account is being hacked most of the time the owner does not get it back and the worst part of it is it could ruin their reputation or financial status and it takes a lot of work before they get everything in places again, either they try to get retrieve it or start from scratch again and remove all the traces from the hacked account. It also adds hurt and frustration to the situation when it was only due to simple precautions we failed to comply with that made an open door to hackers to get access to our accounts. Hackers are everywhere, they exist both in the online and offline world. They could be anyone, someone you know or someone you don't.

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Let us remind ourselves of some of the simple tips below to help us keep our accounts from being hacked.

1. Create a Strong Password: I remember reading a confession of a hacker when he said that most of the accounts that he was able to hack used very simple combinations of passwords that are easy to guess especially from people he knew. Some of them used birth dates, anniversary information  or name combinations. A sample of a strong password consist of at least eight characters which has one or more capital letters and also includes one or more numbers and/or special characters.

2. Tell Lies To Security Questions or Password Hints: The more people know more about us the more chances they have of successfully hacking our accounts. I remember one of my sisters who tried to break into my account by simply guessing the answers to the security question I set up (for forgot/change password option), she was able to change my password. Good thing she was not that serious in hacking and just tried it for fun using my account as her guinea pig. So telling lies to set up your security questions is a wise choice. 

3. Enable "HTTPS" : This is most commonly seen on Facebook and Twitter's website when we are logged in and it looks something like this https://www.facebook.com or https://www.twitter.com. There are websites that are not defaulted in using the HTTPS, most are in HTTP. On your address bar make sure you see "https" before the web address. The reason behind that is HTTP sends information over the internet in plain text while HTTPS all information are sent encrypted and can only be read by the recipient.

4. Always Update Your Browser: Always make sure that you update your browser's version whenever there is a new release from browser providers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera and others. Updates are not most of the time to showcase new look and design of it for user experience. Sometimes there are updates for bugs and glitches fixes, some are for added security value. So always update your browser. 

5. Don't Use The Same Password/Username for Multiple Accounts: I understand that most of us do this thing so we can easily remember our log-ins and won't have any trouble logging back in in the future, but I think this is risky. There was a friend of mine who used have one single username and password on all her online accounts such as Facebook, Twitter and even on her blogs. Unfortunately, someone hacked her username and password. The next time she knew, she didn't have access anymore to her FB, Twitter and blog accounts. So sad.

6. Always Activate 2-step Verification Option: This kind of option adds extra layer of security to your accounts and there are online-based account providers that offer this such Google, DropBox and others. For example with my Google accounts like Gmail, Google Talk or Google Plus I activated this option with my mobile phone so whenever I want to change my password, I am sent a code to my phone which I need to provide upon resetting my Google password. for Facebook they have what they call "Log-in Approval" feature. This sends a code to user's mobile number whenever you or someone tries to access your Facebook account on a new or unrecognized device. You are then asked to put in that code in order to be able to log in.

There are more other ways to add more security to our online accounts available in the internet from various bloggers. Above are some of the things I know and personally practice. In case you have not tried some of them, you may try doing so. Nobody wants their account to be on someone else's hands and control.

The comments sections of this post is free for all other tips you would like to add. : )

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