All your many accounts you use everyday online are open to threats, whether that be your email accounts or social media security. And the most common and easy way to hack your account is by accessing or guessing your password. So we would like to offer a few recommendations to protect your privacy, date and online security.
Firstly, it is strongly recommended to use a mix of upper and lower case letters in your passwords. Also be sure to make use of spaces, numbers and symbols. You would be surprised how many people do not bother with this first and easiest way to personalise your access to your online accounts. Do try to make your chosen password longer than eight characters too. Longer words mixed with a variety of characters that only make sense to you will greatly increase the security of your online actions. It may sound obvious but you will be surprised how many people do it: do not spell your name, address or spouse's name backwards as an attempt to be cryptic.
We understand it is easier to remember if you have one or a few default passwords. But do be careful with this. Once your cookies or online history and most visited sites or social media platforms have been accessed, cracking one password can make it too easy to violate other accounts. It is therefore a good idea to change your default password when you sign up to a new site so as to create higher protection for your other accounts.
Many sites and email providers offer an option to store answers to security questions, should you have a problem recalling your password or if further checks of identity are necessary. These can be a common place to make a fatal mistake in terms of your online security. Providing easy answers that are linked to your private information or personal identity date is one such mistake. If someone has managed to break into your account then there is a good chance that they could also easily find out and pertain access to other personal information about you. So do not use your birthday, birth date, or information about your spouse or family members. Even you mother's maiden name is said to be high risk information so is therefore best avoided too.
Hackers are very clever at breaking into data and computer systems so it is important to be vigilant and take easy precautions to protect your online and social media security. With a little know how you can guard yourself and your business from cyber hacking and other forms of social media abuse.
Treble9 group offer a range of services and training courses on managing your online security and using social media safely.