Top 3 Tips for Bolstering Your Online Security

Published: November 27, 2013

Internet security is an increasingly common and relevant issue in present times. People are trusting online websites to store sensitive information like their credit card numbers and address. In this list, I'll cover three of the most important tips for bolstering your online security and keeping your information as safe as possible.

  1. It's all about the password

    One of the best tools that prevent hackers from accessing information is a strong password. If you read articles on some of the most common passwords, you'd be really surprised to see how many people have very poor passwords. Make sure that if you have lots of different online accounts, that you have a different password for each account. This might seem like a chore, but it's one of the best ways to prevent further damage in case one of your accounts is compromised. I also highly recommend using symbols in your passwords if the website allows you to.

  2. Keep your e-mail especially safe

    Your e-mail is something that you should especially safeguard. Your e-mail is usually where password reset requests will be sent for your online accounts. As such, it would be a really good idea for you to sign up for an e-mail service like Gmail. Gmail has a feature known as two-step verification, where any new computer signing on to your email account will have to enter a six digit code that is sent to a registered cellphone number via SMS text. It's not foolproof, but it will at least alert you to when someone is trying to access your account.

  3. Lie on those security questions

    When you are required to store an answer to a very rudimentary question, like "What was your first car?" or "What was your high school mascot?" learn to develop a secondary key word or password that you will remember, but that doesn't actually answer the question that you are given truthfully. If you answer those types of questions honestly, you give any hacker with access to your Facebook easy tools to reset your password and compromise your account. My favorite story is one where my friend would answer the question "Who is your favorite relative?" with the answer "Aunt Jemima." These types of security questions should just be another opportunity for you to flaunt your password making skills.

Maintaining your online security is very important. If you take a good approach to keeping your information safe, it'll definitely help you feel secure while making purchases and storing information on the internet. I believe the best tip on this list is maintaining strong passwords for your online accounts. Always keep an eye on your online activity for your important accounts, and report any discrepancies immediately.