Keep Yourself Safe Online

by Achieva Financial
May May 30

In the last few weeks, there have been many stories in the media about hackers compromising online accounts, putting people’s personal information at risk. In an era where so much can be done online, such as your banking, shopping and taxes, it is essential to take steps to safeguard your personal information from fraudsters. Here are some tips to keep your online accounts safe:

Use Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication, or two-factor identification, is an optional but highly recommended security feature offered by Achieva. Two-factor authentication helps protect your online accounts from hackers by adding an extra layer of security when logging on from an unrecognized device. Instead of only entering a password to log in, you’ll also enter a code which is sent via text message to your mobile phone or sent to an email address. This verification helps make sure that you, and only you, can access your account.

Many other websites besides Achieva offer two-factor authentication, so be sure to enable it if the website you’re logging in to offers it.

Make Sure Your Devices are Up-to-Date

Many hackers access personal information by taking advantage of vulnerabilities in your operating system or programs you have installed. Keeping your programs and operating system updated at all times will help keep your devices safe from hackers.

Password Protect Everything

It can be tempting to skip the passcode on your phone for the sake of convenience, but doing so is putting your personal information at risk! Ensure that every device you use, from your tablet to your computer is protected by a password. This can help protect your personal information if your device is lost or stolen.

Don’t Use the Same Password Everywhere

Passwords can be difficult to remember, so it’s tempting to use the same password everywhere you log in. But this is dangerous, because if one of your accounts is compromised, all of your other accounts online are at risk of being compromised too! To protect yourself, use a different password everywhere, and consider registering for a password manager to help keep track of all of your login credentials. Also consider changing your passwords on a regular basis, like every 90 days.

Be Careful when Clicking Links in Emails

If you do not know or trust the email sender, be very cautious when clicking any links in their email. It could be a fraudulent email with links that will direct you to a phishing website or install malware on your device. For more information on scam emails, click here.