Online Security in the 21st Century looks a little like this………………………. right, nothing there! Everyday, someone is getting hacked, phishing emails are sent, photos are leaked, and credit card numbers are stolen. And, one of the most common questions I get in regards to social media is, “what if I don’t want everyone to see my information?”
The absolute, most fail safe, piece of advice I could give you in regards to social media security and privacy is, if you don’t want the world to see if, don’t put it on the internet! The second most common piece of advice I would give you regarding Internet security is, create a better password by using a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. But, what if that is not enough? If you’re anything like me, you want to make sure your data is as safe as possible while still enjoying the luxuries of shopping online, hosting photos in the cloud, and every other piece of efficiency that the internet provides.
More recently, there has been a bigger push for this thing called Two-Step Verification.
Two-step verification is an additional layer of security, beyond a solid password, that sends a code via text message or e-mail whenever you or someone else tries to log into your account from a new device. You’ll be able to gain access to your account only after entering the code, even if the password was correct. Cool, huh?
If you don’t mind the little inconvenience, here’s how you can keep hackers out of your accounts… and tt’s simpler than you may think!
Click on your name or picture on the top right of your Gmail page, and then click Account. Under the Security tab, click Setup next to “2-Step Verification.”
For added convenience…Google also offers an app called Google Authenticator that generates two-step verification codes directly on your phone. It automatically cycles through randomly generated codes, so waiting for text messages or e-mails is no longer required! You can download it from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).
Go to MyApple ID, and then select Manage Your Apple ID. Click Password and Security, and then Get Started under Two-Step Verification. You can also see what data is being shared over iCloud. On your iPhone, tap on Settings and then scroll down to iCloud. From here, you can enable or disable what data you want to share and backup digitally.
Under the drop down menu on the top right, click on Settings. Under Security settings, click on Edit in the “Login Approvals” section. Check the box that says, “Require a security code to access my account from unknown browsers,” and then hit “Save Changes.”
Go to Settings, and then select “Require a verification code when I sign in.” After that, just add your phone number and you’re good to go.
Go to Settings. Under the Security tab, select Enable under “Two-step verification.”
Sign into your Microsoft account here. Under Security & Password, scroll down and click Set Up Two-Step Verification.
Click on My Settings under Profile. Under Security Key, hit Get Started to either order a physical security key you can carry around for about $30.00 or a digital security key for free.
You might have the best password in the world, but it’s always nice to have that extra layer of security. Try it out!