Did you know it only costs 5-10 dollars for someone to buy your identity on the Dark Web?

It’s not that they are looking for you, or that you have something to hide, but they will find you through automated methods for scraping personal data.

Did you also know that an average person has 118 accounts online? All these accounts require login information where eight out of ten people use the same password on several sites!

Even more horrifying is the fact that fifty-five percent of these people use the same password repeatedly!

The Three Most Common Mistakes

🚫 Mistake Number One: Using the same password

The most significant common mistake people make is using the same password for their accounts. If someone becomes successful accessing your password for one account, they will certainly try the same password on your other accounts.

🚫 Mistake Number Two: Using public wi-fi

Anyone with access to the internet can learn how to access another computer through open networks like public wi-fi. It’s easy to do. Another common mistake is forgetting to log out from a public computer, such as at a hotel. 

One day, while staying at a hotel, I went to log in on the business computer, and Bam!, right there in front of me was someone else’s open Gmail account! They were lucky an ethical person was the next in line to use the computer and quickly logged out for them.

🚫 Mistake Number Three: Installing plugins

Have you ever installed a plugin in your browser with no further thought? These seemingly innocent tools often request access to everything you do online allowing them to capture your passwords, track your activity, and place ads on the web pages you visit. Even if you trust the publisher, they can resell the plugin to others, turning them into malicious software. 

😊 Simple Solution Number One: Use the 2-step verification

The simple solution to prevent your information from being stolen is using the 2-step verification. The 2-step verification process means your password is not enough to log into your account. A separate, temporary code that is sent via text message or email must be provided for you to verify before you can move forward. 

Having this extra security measure is one of the most important things you can do to increase the security of your online accounts. Using the 2-step verification prevents someone to access your account, even is they have your password. 

😊 Simple Solution Number Two: Manage your passwords

The most common reason people reuse the same password repeatedly is that they cannot remember multiple passwords. Instead, why not use a password manager? 

A good password manager will:

  • Generate unique secure passwords for each of your accounts
  • Automatically provide the password for websites your frequent
  • Provide credit card numbers and other secure information
  • Warn you when using the same password twice

You can see be hacked, despite these measures, especially on social media. If this happens and you’re able to access your account, change your password immediately. Then enable the 2-step verification.

The other issue is because technology develops so quickly, it is difficult to predict which information can leak and how. 

Take a moment and think about how:

  • Someone can guess your ATM pin code just by the movement of your hands. 
  • Fitness apps keeping track of your workouts can also expose your information publicly.
  • Twins can log into each other’s iPhone with FaceID.

These are crazy ways to hack into someone’s account, but it happens. You probably don’t need to take the extreme of hiding your iPhone from your twin, but it makes sense to be smart about your online accounts.

Being a good steward of your accounts by taking your time and giving each one its own password coupled with the 2-step verification process will keep you safe, secure, and happy!