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Online Accounts Protection

By Yochai Greenberg, CTO

How To Protect Your Online Accounts

We live in a virtual world, and it’s a vulnerable one. A hack to your online account can be devastating to your business, personal life, and everyone that is connected to you. 

It is of the utmost importance to protect your online accounts and your data.

This article will provide basic security measures that should be taken on every online account. If any of your online accounts don’t support one of these services, consider replacing them with a more secure alternative.

  • Have a unique and separate password for every account you have. One password per account. We recommend using a password manager to generate random passwords for every account.
  • Every password should be at least 16 characters long, containing both lower and upper case letters, numbers, and special characters, and must be as random as possible. Don’t use a sentence in English as your password. Don’t use names of family members and dates that can be easily extracted from social media and other sources.
  • Enable 2 Factor Authentication on all your accounts. Use an Authenticator App (Google – Android / iOS. Microsoft – Android / iOS) instead of SMS as your verification method.
  • Make sure the devices you use to connect to your accounts are protected with the latest Anti Virus and security products (like Nano Ultimate). Your accounts are as secure as your devices.
  • Only use a secure internet connection when login in anywhere. Open WiFi networks are a huge security risk.
  • Change your passwords regularly. Once a month or every 2 months should be a good start. 
  • To change your password securely, first log-out on every device. Then, change your password and log-in.
  • Don’t share your location on social media sites.
  • Have a secure and private email account just for account recovery. Don’t share that email account with anyone else.
  • Always check your account activity.
  • Delete Third-Party Account Connections. Any app that you do not recognize, delete from your account.
  • When in doubt, seek professional help. Ask your IT if you feel you need help.

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