With data breaches and online account hacks happening more frequently, it’s crucial to take steps to lock down your online security. In this post, I’ll share 3 critical tips from a recent YouTube video on how you can better protect your online accounts and devices.
Tip 1: Change Your Passwords and Use a Password Manager
The first and most important step is to change your current passwords, especially for critical accounts like email, banking, and social media. Create unique, strong passwords for each account using a system that only you know.
I recommend using a password manager like 1Password to securely store your passwords, rather than reusing the same passwords across accounts. Password managers also have password generator tools to help you create more secure passwords.
Enable two-factor authentication on important accounts whenever possible, using an authenticator app rather than just text message codes.
Tip 2: Guard Your Security Question Answers
When you setup security questions to allow password resets, do NOT use real personal answers like your dog’s name or mother’s maiden name.
Instead, create fictional answers and store them in your password manager rather than the real information. Security questions provide a major vulnerability otherwise.
Tip 3: Properly Dispose of Old Devices
When getting rid of old phones, laptops, or hard drives, don’t just toss them in the trash! Delete all data and do a full wipe/factory reset first.
Physically destroying the device is ideal if you want to prevent any data recovery. Failing to properly dispose of devices puts your data at risk if they end up in the wrong hands.
Following these 3 simple but critical security tips will go a long way in protecting your online accounts and devices. Take action now to avoid becoming the next victim of a data breach or hack. Let me know if you have any other questions!