My Facebook account was hacked this week. Again. That’s the third time now. This time someone posted some rather rude comments about the size of certain female body parts. Which isn’t like me. Though I do appreciate the female body, and all its parts, I specifically like them on MY WIFE, and find it very rude when people talk about them in public. So my password was definitely hacked. And trust me, I use very secure passwords.
So I decided that, in all probability, this post is justified. Here are a few ways to make (and keep) all of your online accounts secure.
- Always log out. This is just an extension of the first tip. If you are no longer logged in, people can’t gain access to your account to manually reset your password or change anything.
- Don’t use the “Log in using Facebook / Twitter / Google / Whatever” feature. Many websites allow you to log into their own sites using your social networks’ login details, saving you the trouble of creating yet another account (9gag.com, for example, does this). But this is a big security risk. Do you really know who the people at the other end are? Or how secure their server is? You can never be too safe.
- Create a secure password. Make your password as long as you can, with a combination of letters, numbers, and other characters. This doesn’t have to be as complicated as it sounds. You can take a word or phrase and make some subtle changes to it. For example, let’s say you use the phrase “Lourens is an awesome guy” (yes, I know, I’m incredibly humble). Change that slightly and make it “l0ur3n5!5@n@w3s0m3guy”. There’s a 21-character password that won’t be too difficult to remember, but a nightmare to hack!
- Remember that no password is ever 100% secure, so change it regularly. How regularly? That depends. My previous Facebook password was 16 characters long and very strong, a combination of letters, numbers and characters. It was hacked after about 12 months. So don’t EVER think that you’re safe! The hackers are always working, so to quote Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody: “Constant Vigilance!!”
There you go. Five very simple steps to keep your online accounts and profiles safe and private. A secure password is the first step to a secure online presence. Make sure that you’re safe!
Until next time, BE the miracle.