The annual holiday shopping weekend known as Black Friday weekend continues to inch closer and closer with each passing day.
As has become the case of late, many consumers will do their shopping on the web. This will require them to log into web-based accounts. These are accounts that are linked to their sensitive personal information like phone numbers and credit card numbers.
Many shoppers do not realize that the accounts make them prime targets for hackers. Additionally, they are also exposed to fake marketing emails and scam websites when in a rush to bag a good deal.
Legitimate websites are not spared either. Poor technology practices can easily get clients into trouble. The following are tips to ensure you remain safe over the coming holidays:
· Do Not Use a Single Password with Multiple Accounts
Many consumers are guilty of maintaining the same password year in, year out, despite the known risks of having one password.
Ensuring you do not use a single password with many accounts is the only way to safeguard your social media accounts and online banking accounts.
- Never re-use a password. Using a secure password on multiple accounts does not make it any safer. You will not be safe if a malicious person finds it.
- The best password practices involve making long passphrases. You can try and string a few words together to get your new password. Passphrases are harder to crack, even when using multiple computers.
- Password managers can come in handy if you have trouble remembering all your passwords. The password manager will generate passwords for you, and then store them for later use.
- Two-factor authentication is also recommended. Here, a code can be sent to you for verification. Alternatively, you could use an app to sign in to your online banking account.
Each web-based account should always have its own unique password. Avoid sharing passwords with loved ones, or writing them down—they can easily become compromised.
· Establish Whether You Are Already a Hacking Victim
Any person who suspects that they have been compromised or had their accounts hacked should proceed to change the usernames and passwords immediately.
There are web services that can run a check on your accounts to determine whether someone else has already tried accessing the said account. The checks should be performed before you alter the usernames and corresponding passwords.
Such services assist internet users in determining whether their data has been breached by running usernames or emails against known breaches.
— Black Friday Deals (@Thefirdaydeals) 1 de octubre de 2017