- Change your passwords regularly, at least twice in a year.
- Never share your password with anyone. If you have shared your password with anyone, then change your password at the earliest.
- Make sure that your password is a combination of numbers, characters (both capital letter/uppercase and lowercase/small letters) and special characters increase the strength of your password.
I want to be more secure
- It is always better to use a different password for each of your online accounts. Use different password management utilities like the PasswordSafe to store your password( Refer to our previous article on password managers ).
- Remember to uncheck/deselect the ‘remember me’ option when you are using a public or shared computer to access your online account
- Use private browsing while dealing with sensitive accounts (Refer to our article on private browsing.)
- Try using addon’s like WOT to get alerts in case your are reaching a bad site. This addon shows you which websites you can trust for safe surfing, shopping and searching on the web.
Watch out for hidden threats
- Never click on suspicious links
There are a huge number of spam messages floating around in the internet. These messages would have attractive text which is purposely put to attract you to click on the links/pictures. It is possible that these messages could be from your friends email/online account in case their online accounts are hacked.
- Beware of Phishing Sites
Phishing is an online attempt to trick the user for getting his/her account credentials by presenting a webpage to the user and making him believe that it is the original website. Visibly the fraud website would look exactly like the original site. The URL from a fraudster could look similar to the original one (e.g. https://mail.google.com.abcd.com/, here the actual domain is abcd.com, which is used by the fraudster).
So next time don’t think that https:// before a url alone would protect you. Always make sure of the website address in the address bar of your browser before entering your user name and password. The domain name of the website (e.g. google.com) you are trying to view should always be before the last “.com” (or “.net” or “.co.in”, or whatever top level domain they use).
Follow these tips and keep your online identity secure. Read more about taking back your lost online account in our upcoming post.