A lot of accounts are being hacked into around the world so safeguarding your passwords should be a priority. Find tips below on how to stay safe and secure online.
1. Do not use any of your public information as password. These include phone number, name, nickname, business name, name of son/daughter/husband/wife/school, etc. They are all the first guess of any hacker.
2. Do not save your password on the phone or any device. It should be memorized by you alone.
3. If you must write down your passwords, let the note itself be as secured as the passwords.
4. Do not use same password for numerous accounts. Surely this is difficult considering the various accounts that we operate, but you can device a pattern to remembering all while maintaining their uniqueness. Using just one password is as much dangerous as using one key for all your rooms, shops, office, and car – an access to one would entail access to all.
5. Make use of strong passwords with a mixture of upper and lower cases, numbers, and symbols
6. Do not use a pronounceable word or phrase as your password. In fact, very strong passwords should not contain vowels.
7. Do not share your passwords to anybody – even your husband/wife, relatives, best friend, pastor, etc. Be fast to imagine that their account may have been hacked or could be hacked some other time.
8. Do not believe any story that is too good to be true even if it is coming from someone you ordinarily should trust such as your spouse, relative, friend, pastor, lecturer, boss, etc. Their accounts are also vulnerable to hackers.
9. Do not reply to any suspicious mail or try to enter your vital information, even if you do not hit the ‘submit’ button.
10. Do not click on any suspected link. They can generate virus attack that will break and expose your security details.
11. Do not believe that you have won or could win millions of dollars in a lottery you never subscribed.
12. In the case of internet banking and online payments, be sure you are on a secure website. Secure websites always begin with https:// where ‘s’ means secured. You will also see the symbol of a padlock. All these indicate that the site is encrypted.
13. Remember to sign out from all your accounts after using a public computer.
14. Keep your browser and applications up-to-date. Old versions may be susceptible to virus attack and the activities of hackers.
15.The security of your passwords begins with limiting the access to your personal devices. You can make use of screen lock.