Now a days it seems like every other day in the news another company got hacked; Home Depot, Adobe, Sony, JP Morgan Chase. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your account doesn’t end up on the list of hacked accounts.
1. Lock Down Your Password
Make sure you have a strong password to help keep your account secure. This means having more than eight characters, lower-case and upper-case characters, numbers, and symbols. It also means changing your password frequently, not having the same password on your account for years. Lastly, try to have a unique password for each account.
2. Secure Your Connection
When logging on to your bank accounts or other sensitive accounts make sure you do this in a secure location. NEVER do this over public wifi. The best place to access these accounts is from your home, where you know your wifi is secure. Another good option is to get a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to make sure your connection is secure.
3. Set Up Account Alerts
For bank accounts you can set up account alerts that will let you know if money has been withdrawn , or your card exceeds the spending limit you have set. There is also a two step verification for a lot of online accounts. This means if you are logging on from an unfamiliar location or computer you would have to receive a code from your smartphone or email and enter it in along with your password.
4. Avoid Phishing Scams
Never click on a suspicious email that is asking for your information. Reputable business will never ask you to click a link or download anything. Always think before you click.
5. Be Vigilant
If there is just a small error in one of your accounts make sure you take to look at it and check it out. Hackers sometimes make small purchases on your account and if you don’t notice them then they will end up either maxing your card out or make a huge purchase because they know you don’t check your account regularly.