Most of the people who have online account use complex password. A Complex password is that password which has a combination of alphabet, number and special character. For example, Str0ngP@ssw0rd. In this password all of the above said combination has been used. And you are very confident that no hacker can break your password like this. But is that enough? To some extent, yes but sometime this kind of passwords can be broken and take control of your account.
So, I have spent some time to analyze the security and options to recover them in case of being hacked. If you also implement the following tips, your online account, which may consist very crucial documents can be saved from unauthorized users to some extent.
Tips # 1. When using your online account, never forget to enable HTTPS setting to ON. Most of the online account supports SSL. Enabling HTTPs protect your account when you surf Internet over Wi-Fi. Using online services via Wi-Fi is very fruitful to hackers who can capture your online credentials using third party extensions.
Tips # 2. Google has recently introduced a security measure to secure your Google account. Probably you have heard about it if you are a Google fan and Google has named it 2-step verification . When you enable this, Google sends you a verification code in your mobile phone in the form of SMS or voice call. You have to use this verification code when you access your Google account. That means no one can access your account because when anyone tries to access your account, he/she needs that verification code which can only be obtained from your mobile phone.There is another good reason to enable The 2-step verification in your online account (Only for Google User). It alerts you of any unauthorized activity over your account. If you get the verification code without requesting with Google, it is a clear hint that someone is trying to access your account with correct username and password but he can’t get inside without verification code. In this case you can instantly change your password.
Tips # 3. If you are a great fan of Facebook, it is highly recommended to connect your mobile number with Facebook account. If anyone tries to access your account from different location or mobile phone, you get an email alert and SMS.
Tips # 4. Always use two email accounts. One for public use and the other for your private use. Use your private email only for services like email, online banking, online shopping, hosting services, paypay and for other online services where you don’t need to be social. Use your public email for services like blog, social networking sites like Facebook, Hi5, Skype and many more like this.
Tips # 5. Don’t forget to explore for alternative recovery options in case you forget your password, recovery email (Secondary email) or you lost your cell phone.
Tips # 6. Always practice to document your credentials/passwords. Generally, It is next to impossible to remember passwords, secret answers and other information for multiple online accounts. And it is also wise to use different passwords for different online accounts. There are different ways to document your password.
- Writing your account and password information into your secret notebook (diary). Printing all password document and keep it safe in your locker is another option.
- Using software like password managers.
- Keeping hard copy of verification code so that your family members can access that without using mobile phone if needed.
Tips # 7. Change your password frequently. You question can be how often? Most computer experts and online security professionals recommend changing your Internet passwords and login information at least once every three months. It may be safe for you to wait longer; it just depends on your computer habits, and how and where you surf the web. But, changing all of your Internet passwords every three to six months can be a time-consuming and tedious job. So, at least change the password of those accounts which you are using for your private use. I have been using online banking service for years. In my case, the online banking system makes you change your password in every 90 days and it is mandatory. Probably you are getting the same service from your bank.
Tips # 8. One of the great mistakes most people repeat is login into their account where ever the internet is available. I suggest you not to login into any of your online account from places like Cyber Cafe and any other similar places. There are not always good people. People might have installed software like Password Logger. This software captures each and every password whenever one uses for login into his/her account. After you depart from that place, they can use the username and password that is stored in the Password Logger and can do whatever they want.
If it is very urgent to login into your account from places like cyber cafe or any new places, remember to clear history, cookie and other information from the browser after logging out from your online account.
Tips # 9. Lastly, never set one email as the recovery email address of the other, if you have two email addresses. Because if one of your email accounts gets hacked, the hacker can easily take over the other account as well.