Many of my friends often come up and tell me that they have lost access to their accounts. Whether the account is on a social media website or an email address. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can protect yourself from unauthorized personal information accumulation with a series of minor precautions that can act as an unbreakable firewall for your internet adventures. However, there are a few organizations who pride themselves for providing such services at the cost a few dollars. One such product is Lifelock, you can take a look at http://www.noidentitytheft.com/ if you don’t believe me.
Without further delay, here are some of the tips you need to know to protect yourself from data theft:
- Two-factor Authentication:
I’m not a cyber security expert but I can assure you that this will be benefit you greatly, whenever a social website or an email service offers you a two-factor authentication, then you should definitely set it up. If you have a spare phone at your disposal, then I suggest you that you use a spare phone number as well and use it as your two factor authentication number and not your day to day phone number. Also, make sure you never give that phone number to anyone.
- Multiple Passwords:
Often times, there is some news about some password database that gets leaked on the internet and the problem arises when a lot of people have a common password for many websites. So, if the password database gets leaked for any website that you have an account on then you should definitely change the password for the rest of the websites that have an account on. Generally, the easier way would be to not have a common password in any website.
- Linking Accounts:
I don’t recommend linking your accounts, because it ends up sharing some of your database with other sites, such as: username and date of birth. Since, I already mentioned leaked databases before, I don’t think I need to tell you that if a database is leaked and you have your social media account linked to it and then anyone who wants to invade your privacy can easily login to your social media accounts as well, especially if you share the same password.
- Password Manager:
In order to protect your personal information, you need a very strong password to begin with one of the ways to do that is to use a password manager that saves your password. Some of these password managers are not free, but you can alternatively have a notepad file saved on your computer or your cloud that has all your social passwords that way if you forget your password then you will only need to open that notepad file to instantly get access to your account again. This process seems to be an over-kill but I assure you that there are people who use programs specifically designed to use files that have a randomly generated wordlist that can stretch up to 12 letters and numbers in word length. So, if you have an easy to guess password with multiple words and numbers in ascending order then you can still be a victim to cyber theft. So a randomly generated password that includes numbers, letters and symbols on a notepad file on your hard drive can do wonders for your security.