Have you been subject to password theft? We have all heard of someone who had their Facebook or Instagram account being hacked before, maybe it was even your own account. Do you know that what you say on social media can be used against you? So, we need to protect our personal accounts including myself as a blogger using various social media as a tool to share content with my readers. We wouldn’t want our accounts to be compromised and that’s why Meletso is asking how #cybersmart are you?
Here are a few tips when creating a secure password for your social media accounts:
Choose a password that no one will easily guess or hack. Don’t use a word or phrase of special importance to you, like your birthday or spouse name.
Never give your password to anyone!!! Even if it is with someone you trust. This is the easiest way for online identity theft to take place.
Ensure your password is long enough. It is advised that your password contain between 8-10 characters, include numbers and symbols.
Do not use the same password on all platforms.
Use "passwords" and fingerprint login for your cellphones, laptops and apps, especially banking apps.
Go even further and check out the advanced tips below:
Use Two-Factor Authentication. Every time you log into a platform you are required to enter an OTP commonly sent to your phone or your email (in our opinion, use the sms option as email accounts are hacked daily - check below) - yes, it may slow down your login time but it’s an extra layer of safety.
Check whether your email has been compromised. If you are not aware, various institutions, business and organisations are hacked on a daily basis providing culprits with all kinds of data such as your email account, sometimes your passwords and private information so check out free websites like; Have I Been Pawned as this is a secure database that scrolls through the net looking for compromised email address, should yours appear as pawned, you might want to consider updating your password IMMEDIATELY!
Use password generators for your accounts. We have so many platforms to login, it does become a schlep to remember all these different passwords, so why not use a password generator to create your login credentials?
Hackers are usually watching you, they know that the most sentimental things or people are common passwords therefore a generator works different as it creates your password on your behalf and stores it securely in an encrypted app - depending on the app, should you need to log into a specific platform you would open the app by using your password and then it does the rest, sometimes however you would need to find your platform’s password within the app and enter it to log in. Once again, a tedious exercise however the passwords generated are extremely difficult with a combination of symbols, caps and numbers.
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