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Whilst I may not be a celebrity, and whilst I may not have any risqué photos worth stealing, I do have numerous online accounts that contain both personal and confidential information. How can I better protect myself from having any of this stolen online?

1: Bigger is better – Make sure your passwords are at least 8 characters long!

The longer your password is, the longer it will take someone (or more likely, the hacking program being used) to crack it. Make sure to include numbers, keyboard characters, and upper and lower case letters.

2: Hedge your bets – Do not use the same password for more than one account!

Choose unique passwords for all of your accounts. That way, if someone guesses your password for one account, they don’t have your password to all of your accounts.

3: Install up-to-date security software!

Vulnerabilities are constantly being exposed in online security. Up to date security software you will help eliminate possible bugs and glitches. Make sure to scan your computer often, and turn on automatic updates!

4: Take extra steps to protect your critical accounts!

Your data storage, email, telecommunication, and bank accounts hold your most delicate information. Take extra steps to protect these accounts! For a lot of these accounts, two-stage verification processes exist, where additional codes/questions can be requested for verification after the successful use of a password.

For more information about how to recognise, avoid and report scams, visit SCAMwatch. To better protect yourself and your information online, visit StaySmartOnline.

 

Posted By Jacob Levido – Marketing Cadet

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