Securing your Internet Accounts — part 2

  • SMS is dangerous if you lost your phone, or if your SIM card got cracked/ duplicated.
  • E-mail is dangerous if you lose access to your email.
  • Authenticator, you can add additional password layer so that if somebody gets a hold of your smartphone, they still cannot open the Authenticator app. Other benefit is that you can even open in your PC/ laptop.
  • Always use strong password with combination of upper case, normal case, letter, and special character, and ensure at least it has 8 characters or more. If you are thinking a word “gold fish” — you can transform it into password “G0ld f!sh”. The longer the password, the safer, but also more difficult to remember. Just pick between 8–12 characters.
  • Do not pick easy to guess password, like your name, your child name/ birth date, your girlfriend name, your ex girlfriend name (oops), etc. Pick something that is totally not relevant with you.
  • Be careful when you are asked to re-login. Always check the address bar if you are using web browser, whether it is correct site address, and whether you see GREEN Lock Sign (well sometimes they are not green — just ensure the lock is not strike-through). If you are using app — always be cautious, the app like Facebook WONT EVER ASK YOUR PASSWORD AGAIN only to see ̶s̶e̶x̶y̶ content. Unless you want to change some serious security settings, then it will ask.
  • Do not open website contains sensitive information in public. If you really really really have to, ensure there is no CCTV or person behind your back.
  • Never use public wifi to open sensitive sites. (Although the possibility is small to crack using this).
  • Lastly, almost all applications require your email. Therefore your email becomes your main identity and at any cost you must not lose it. Ensure you have 2FA for your email, and ensure nobody can see the mailbox but you.

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