Have you been subject to password theft? We’ve all heard of someone who’s had their Facebook or Instagram account hacked… Maybe it was even you! Do you know what you say on social media can be used against you? So, we need to protect our online info.
We don’t want our accounts to be compromised and that’s why Meletso is asking how #cybersmart you are.
Here are a few tips for creating a secure password for your social media accounts:
Choose a password that no one will easily guess or hack. Don’t use a word or phrase that’s of special importance to you, like your birthday or your spouse’s name.
Never give your password to anyone! Even someone you trust! This is the easiest way for online identity theft to take place.
Ensure that your passwords are long enough. It’s advised that your passwords contain between 8-10 characters, and include numbers and symbols.
Don’t use the same password on all platforms.
Use passwords AND fingerprint login for your cellphone, laptop and apps, especially banking apps.
Go even further and check out these advanced tips:
Use 2-factor authentication. Every time you log into a platform you’re required to enter an OTP that’s sent to your phone or email. (In my opinion, use the SMS option as email accounts are hacked daily!) Yes, it may slow down your login time but it’s an extra layer of safety.
Check whether your email has been compromised. Institutions, businesses and organisations are hacked on a daily basis providing cyber criminals with all kinds of data that can include your passwords and private info. So, check out free websites like https://haveibeenpwned.com which is a secure database that scrolls through the net looking for compromised email addresses. Should yours appear as pwned, you should update your password IMMEDIATELY!
Use password generators for your accounts. With so many platforms to log into it can become a schlep to remember all the different passwords, so why not use a password generator to create your login credentials? Hackers are usually watching you, and they know that common passwords include the names of sentimental things or people. A generator works differently as it creates passwords on your behalf and stores them securely in an encrypted app. It can be a tedious exercise, but generated passwords contain a combination of symbols, caps and numbers, and are difficult to crack.
Try using Private web sessions. Are you aware of how many websites track your online presence by using cookies – have you ever shopped for an iPhone online and then noticed all kinds of iPhone or Apple related ads on other websites you list? Using a private tab as opposed to using the normal tab (which saves your cookies and web history) can provide an extra layer to your security. Yes, please note that you won’t have any web history so don’t expect to reopen a page you closed by mistake – it does affect you too.
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Play the cybersure game (space invaders’ style) and answer cyber-savvy questions as you proceed to the next levels!
Have fun, test your knowledge, and maybe learn a thing or 2 about being #cybersure.
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The final round will be a LIVE knockout game. How cool is that?
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