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Following the proliferation of phishing attacks and hacks into users' accounts on social networks in recent times, the National Cyber Organization published this morning (Monday) a guide that includes a number of preventive measures to protect against widespread hacking of all services and accounts.
As we know, many people use the same password for several accounts and online uses to the extent that they often forget which site they have an account and username on, not to mention the password.
Many cases that have reached the National Cyber System indicate that hackers who manage to break into a user of a particular service, use the same details to break into other services and accounts used by that user, especially in the case of accounts that are linked to each other.
Linked accounts are applications and services such as social networks, music streaming services and online shopping sites that the user associates with other accounts such as Google, Facebook or Apple.
1. Different passwords for different accounts - this is the main thing!
It is also recommended to use long passwords of 12 or more characters consisting of words, phrases, numbers and characters that cannot be directly linked to the user.
2. Two-step verification - an additional step to verify and identify the user, which is an additional layer of protection for every application and service they use, such as a code in a message, or a unique code created in applications that verify accounts.
So even if a hacker has your password, he won't be able to connect to accounts with this layer of protection.
3. Login check - in some social networks you can see who has logged in to the account and on which devices.
It is recommended to perform this test often to detect hacking attempts.
This can be done by going to Settings >> Security >> Login actions.
4. Encrypting the email address when registering for certain websites - on Apple devices there is an option to encrypt the email address when registering for websites and applications to which there is no need to transfer the information.
The option is given automatically when registering on the website using one of the Apple devices.
5. Verification of the transfer of information between the accounts - when connecting accounts on different websites, the websites transfer information about the user and his activity on the website to one another.
Before connecting the accounts, it is recommended to check what information passes between them.
6. Checking the linked accounts - it is recommended to occasionally check which accounts are linked to the various accounts, change settings and remove inactive accounts.
The test can be performed as follows:
It is recommended to use long passwords with 12 or more characters consisting of words, phrases, numbers and characters that cannot be linked directly to the user (Photo: ShutterStock)
Gmail: Login >> My Account >> Security >> Third-party apps with account access >> Remove inactive or unnecessary accounts.
For an extended check, you can perform the Google security check.
Apple: Settings >> Username >> Passwords & Security >> Apps that use Apple ID.
Facebook: Settings >> Security and login >> Apps and websites.
Instagram: Settings >> Security >> Information & History >> Apps & Sites.
Linkedin: Settings >> Information and Privacy >> Authorized Services.
Twitter: Settings & Privacy >> Security & Account Access >> Connected Accounts.
Getting lost in the sea of accounts and passwords?
Don't remember all the accounts registered under your username?
You can use the website namecheck.com to check.
Checking the autofill option in Google Chrome - Settings > autofill where you can see which sites you have saved passwords on and update or cancel the automatic save when necessary.
Using the "password manager" - if you have trouble keeping track of all your passwords and accounts, consider switching to a secure password manager.
In case of hacking into one of the accounts:
Leak test - you can check whether the email address or phone number has been leaked to the Internet easily at the attached link - haveibeenpwned.com
Changing passwords - in the event that the account has been hacked or there is a suspicion that the username and password have been leaked, it is recommended to change the passwords on all accounts linked to the user.
You can see in the device settings the services you signed up for, in which services the email address was used, and the passwords saved in the Google account or on the iPhone:
Google: Login >> My Account >> Security >> Password Manager
iPhone: Settings >> Passwords
Google Security Check - The security check updates how you can improve account protection through a few simple actions.
For inspection (click here)
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