Keeping Your Online Accounts Safe

Can you count the number of online accounts on your hands? Chances are you can’t! In this day and age, there are numerous online accounts we need for our daily lives. There’s an account for your bank, for your bills, for your social media, for your online shopping, and more! As the consumers, we sign up for these accounts trusting that the companies storing the information will keep it safe for us. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Hearing news about data breaches where usernames and passwords are stolen is not uncommon.

While having your password stolen is not that big of a deal by itself, it’s the information that’s connected to the online account that is important. So, if your account is part of a data breach, hackers can use your credentials to steal even more valuable information like physical addresses, credit cards, or even social security numbers. And if you happened to use the same username and password for other accounts, the information connected to those is now vulnerable as well!

5 Ways to Keep Your Online Accounts Safe

  1. Use Strong Passwords: Having a strong password is the foundation of keeping your online account safe. When creating a password, you should avoid using names, birthdays, or words that can be guessed. With the help of social media, it is easy to found out someone’s personal information. To create a strong password, you need at least 1 of each of the following: upper-case character, lower-case character, special character, and number.
  2. Use a Unique Password for Each Account: When you create an account, don’t use the same password you used for another account. That way, if one account suffers from a data breach or is hacked, your other accounts will not be affected.
  3. Change Passwords Regularly: Often times, companies don’t find out their data has been breached for years. That means that hackers could access your account for some time before the company lets you know something has happened. To prevent this, you should change your password every 90 days.
  4. Multi-factor Authentication/2-factor Authentication: Whenever given the option, you should always sign up for multi-factor authentication or 2-factor authentication. This will connect your account to a mobile number which will receive a randomly generated code when you log in. Some websites also give you the option to use an authenticator app which will produce codes without giving your mobile number away. By activating this option, the hacker will need physical access to your mobile phone/device in order to access your online account.
  5. Avoid Public Wi-Fi: When you access your online accounts, avoid public Wi-Fi and internet. When you are on public internet, you are susceptible to Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) attacks. These attacks can let a hacker intercept data flowing between you and the router.

While you can’t force employees to follow good password practices outside of work, you can enforce a strong password policy for business accounts. Call Business Data Services today at 913-239-0368 to schedule a meeting to talk about passwords policies and management for your business!

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