How to Secure Your Account From Hackers [In-depth guide 2021]
Welcome fellow hackers, are you now scared seeing how easy it is to hack passwords…?? Well, fear not, we have made a comprehensive guide just for you to ensure you always have a secure account and hackers could not get your account password.
Table of contents
- How to secure your account from hackers
- 1) Have a Strong Password for your Account-
- a) Do Not use Personal Information-
- b) Do not use real words-
- c) Create a longer password-
- d) Modify the common phrases-
- e) Don’t write them down-
- f) Change passwords regularly-
- g) Do not type passwords on unknown devices or networks-
- h) Use at least three different passwords (More the better)
- i)Always check the URL..!!
- 2) Use 2-step verification feature-
- 3)Never share account details with anyone-
- 4)Always keep all your apps and OS updated:
- 5)Do not share your mobile number and email address anywhere:
- 6)Don’t use public WiFi:
- 7)Download apps only from official websites:
How to secure your account from hackers
You might have heard that “Passwords” are valuable in the hacker’s community. On average, a middle-aged human has a maximum of 5 unique passwords to remember. The Passwords have value according to the account and type of account. For example, a bank account password has more value than an Amazon Prime account. You might have read many articles on hacking Facebook, Instagram, and whatnot, and now you know how easy the hacks are. So today we have gathered a few tips, tricks, guide or whatever you want to say it to help you secure your account from hackers. If I have to be honest, there is no full-proof way to secure an account, but at least we can minimize the chances of getting hacked and be a real headache for hackers making them give up.
Must read: How to hack windows password…!!
1) Have a Strong Password for your Account-
So what exactly is a secure password? Let me clear that in the most straightforward manner. A password which is difficult to guess and fulfills the criteria of length, letters, numbers, symbols is known as a Strong Password. I have some of the best ways to make your password secure, and they are as follows:
a) Do Not use Personal Information-
Avoid using personal information like name, date of birth, city name, and whatnot in your password. It makes the password more vulnerable. For example, don’t use “Ryder” (in my case though) in the password or as a password. It has a higher chance of getting hacked.
b) Do not use real words-
Cracking a password with algorithms is mostly using common words (from a dictionary sometimes) by using a brute force method. So always mix the words while using it as a password or use special symbols. For example, using $ for S, @ for a and so on. The human mind can comprehend the similarities while algorithms have to program that specifically which will not happen soon.
c) Create a longer password-
As you may have gotten the idea of how the passwords are cracked, so it’s safe to assume you know why the length of the passwords is essential. Longer is the password, the more permutations and combinations are required for the hacking password. For example, four letters word has 24 unique combinations of the password, while the nine-letter word has 362,880 combinations. So you see how the length of passwords plays a vital role in making it complicated. Your password should be at least 12 letters 15 is recommended by us to have a more secure account. (Be extra safe…!!!)
d) Modify the common phrases-
If you are unable to think of a complex password for your account, then try this method. Pick any of your favorite song, movie dialogue, or even a phrase and make a word from the first letter of each word in the sentence. Use the numbers in case the password looks a bit easy. For example, “All my friends are heathens, take it slow” can become “AmFAhtiS.” Look how complex it seems and doesn’t even make sense unless you know the source (song in this case).
e) Don’t write them down-
People have a terrible habit of writing stuff down which they can’t remember. Don’t do that because if anybody gets hold of it, then it can turn out badly. If you need that, use the password managers which protect your passwords and can also be set for autofill.
f) Change passwords regularly-
Few people on this planet haven’t changed the passwords of their accounts from a decade or something, and that’s not recommended. You should always replace the passwords of your account every six months. Trying different combinations will also work but make sure your password is not the same for a more extended period of time.
g) Do not type passwords on unknown devices or networks-
Many of the hotspots you use may be compromised, and sometimes not even the admins knew it. These hotspots give you a good internet connection so you would use it more and hackers can do their job while you like some pics and laughing at relate-able memes. So never type in the passwords on unknown networks or devices.
h) Use at least three different passwords (More the better)
One password for social media accounts- secure and difficult to guess and crack
One password for bank and other financial accounts- Very very reliable and large password combo should be impossible to break
One password for everything else- this one can be moderate to weak. Use only for sign-ups and fake or temp accounts.
i)Always check the URL..!!
It should always be “https://” and not “Http://.” Never sign in to websites without https protection, that`s the golden rule, Never break it. Check the URL of the website..!!
A website without https is completely insecure and should not be used. Never give any sensitive information on a website that does not have HTTPS. HTTPS is the only way to keep your account secured from hackers. Make sure all the websites you use especially for shopping and using sensitive information are secured with HTTPS protocol.
Original: With Https://
Fake /Phishing Facebook URL: (Notice no https:// only HTTP://)
2) Use 2-step verification feature-
This will help you a lot and protect your account from getting hacked. This is called 2 step verification because for logging into the account; you need a password as well as OTP on phone or email. This will make your account more secure as an intruder or hacker needs more than just a password to hack your account.
Nowadays, every major service provides two-step authentication. Make sure you activate it, especially for your Gmail account since many of your other accounts are linked with Gmail accounts. A hack on your Gmail account can comprise all other accounts. This is the number one way to secure your account from hackers.
Enable 2-step and notifications for sign-ins in every critical account.
e.g., Gmail, bank accounts, Facebook accounts, etc
Also, Read- How to Recover and Secure your Facebook Account From Hackers
3)Never share account details with anyone-
I can`t stress this enough never share your account details with anyone. Always keep your accounts private. Never send your passwords to others on whats-app or Facebook or anywhere else for the matter. Don’t fall victim to pranks and hacker calls asking for account info and other information. Companies don`t do that, and banks will never call and ask for such details to stay safe guys…!!
A bank or company will never ask for your passwords, pins, and credentials. Only hackers will. They will employ numerous Phishing and social engineering techniques to trick you into revealing sensitive information about your accounts. This is then used to hack your account.
4)Always keep all your apps and OS updated:
You should always keep all your apps and browsers updated. Not only that you should also keep your OS(Operating System) updated. These updates have critical bug fixes that are necessary to stop hackers. So always update all your devices.
Sometimes there are zero-day vulnerabilities in the software where they can be hacked regardless of how secure you keep the passwords and your info. The only way to stop this is by updating to the latest versions whenever you can. The sooner, the better. Keep your account secured from hackers by updating to the latest versions of the software you are using.
Also, Read- How to Recover and Secure your Password Account from Hackers
5)Do not share your mobile number and email address anywhere:
Mobile numbers and email addresses are some things that must be hidden. If at all possible, keep a different safe mobile number as well as a separate email for your financial accounts. The different and secure sim cards can help you stay a lot safe from the hackers trying to trick you.
Mobile numbers and email information is used to hack your accounts. By hiding that information, you can stay safe from hackers in the long run.
Check if your email was hacked or was a victim of some breach on the pawned website
If you find that your email was hacked kindly change the password. Important information about which service was hacked can be found on the website kindly take a look.
6)Don’t use public WiFi:
Never use public WiFi for any necessary logins and transactions. Public WiFi does not have any security, and because they are open, and it is straightforward for hackers to hack them. So avoid using them.
There are many tools such as zanti which can work as sniffers and compromise your accounts. So never do any financial transaction on websites and apps by using public wifi. If you really want to use public wifi, then use a secure VPN to do it. Only then can you have some degree of protection from hackers.
7)Download apps only from official websites:
Always download all apps and games from official websites only. Do not download any apps or games from untrusted sources. They main contain viruses, malware, and key-loggers. So always download the application from official sources only. Play store and apple app store are safer places to download apps and games.
Use fake emails for things that are not necessary, don’t give your personal and business email ids anywhere…!!!
Some essential last-minute tips-
- Never respond to email requests for your password, even if the email appears to come from trusted sources. These are phishing attempts to steal your information.
- Never share your password with others.
- When creating your password, use a minimum of eight characters in length and include upper case, lower case, numbers, and special characters.
- Use different passwords for your accounts. For example, do not use your Facebook password for your bank accounts.
- Change your password at least every 4 to 6 months.
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