Friday, June 24, 2011

Tips to Secure Email Accounts amidst all the Lulz

Of late, we’ve been seeing a lot of web services getting hacked and there’s no guarantee that you’ll always stay out of trouble.

When a website gets hacked, the first thing which hackers release is the list of user data like their email addresses, credentials and the like. Now someone can easily get into your email account using the credentials leaked. Here’s how you can make your email and other private data secure.

1. Use Two Email accounts:

It’s always a good idea to use 2 separate email accounts. One for signing-up on various websites when Facebook/Twitter connect isn’t available and the other for corresponding with others. Now, if your credentials are public the email account which you use for corresponding with people won’t be affected.

2. Use a Unique Password, every time:

This is a cliché, but true nevertheless. When one of your accounts get exposed, no one will be able to guess the password to any other account of yours.

It’s very difficult to manage all those unique passwords and this is where password managers come in. I’ve been using LastPass to manage all my accounts and it has been an amazing experience.

3. Use a Difficult Password:

Again a cliché. But, I can’t help it.

Don’t use a simple dictionary word as your password. This makes it extremely easy to guess your password. LastPass shows up an option to generate a fairly secure password when you are trying to sign up for a new account or at a screen where you are changing a password.

You can also use the ‘Strong Password Generator’ service to create a good password.

4. Check ‘Should I Change My Password?’ regularly:

Go to https://shouldichangemypassword.com/ every month or after a service gets hacked to find out the safety of your credentials. If you find out that your password is public, change it immediately.

Hopefully, these tips should help you fool-proof your accounts online. If you’ve got something to add to this blog post, share it with us in a comment!