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5 Useful Tips to Protect Online Account Passwords from Hacker

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These days, hacking is becoming a real issue. As a regular Internet user, we should do our best to make sure our online accounts are safe. Having accounts hacked can be dangerous, If someone gains access to your online account they can do whatever they like. Just imagine that if the password of your online banking account falls into the hand of cyber criminal, all your savings will be gone in seconds. Certainly you will never want this happens in your life.

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To prevent this online security threat, below are some useful tips to help you protect your passwords effectively. Don’t miss it!

Do you have any online security tips to protect password? Let us know in the comments.

Avoid Using Common Passwords
Many people tend to use common passwords which consist of only a few numbers of letters such as “password”, “123456” or “abc123”. If you are one of them, change your passwords immediately because hackers will always first try the most common passwords to gain entry.

Don’t Use the Same Password for All Online Accounts
Most Internet users use the same password for all their online accounts, this create a pathway for hackers to get password from those weak-security web sites and then use it for your important accounts like online banking account, Gmail, Facebook, etc. To prevent this happen, use a different password for every site. You may use password managers to help you save all the passwords.

Avoid Using Personal Information to Form Passwords
Social network is a good place where hackers can get your personal information like date of birth, nickname, your favourite artists, etc. Cyber criminals know that all these information are very likely to be used as your password. To protect yourself, you should hide such information from public on your social networking profile. Secondly, don’t use your personal information to form a password.

Avoid Accessing Sensitive Accounts through Open Wireless Network
When you access to Internet through open wireless network, information transmitted including passwords and sensitive files can be picked up by hackers within the range of the network. To protect yourself, make sure you don’t login to sensitive accounts. Don’t access questionable sites, and try to use HTTPS whenever possible.

Use Security Software to Prevent Keylogging
Keystroke logging (also known as keylogging) is a method of capturing and recording computer users’ keystrokes, including passwords. Keylogger can be installed as a part of a malware to hack passwords. To prevent it, you can use security software to detect keyloggers and to stop them from being installed on your system.

Author: Jules, Quertime Editorial

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