Steps to Improve your Google Account Security : Keeping yourself and your family safe whilst using your Google apps is just as important as it is when you are sharing your details and your files online. That said it doesn’t need to be difficult. While using the Internet and social networks can have its problems, you can reduce them to a minimal level by following a few simple pieces of advice.
In this guide we are showing some easy steps to improve your Google Account Security by 70%.
Safety : Easy steps to improve your Google Account Security by 70%
If you are anything like us, the number of passwords that you need to remember grows on an almost daily basis and because of this, it can be tempting to use the same or similar passwords for several different websites. This is a bad idea, particularly if your chosen password is something easy to guess such as your name or date of birth. Here are a few tips to consider when creating passwords.
Keep Them Unique
Having a unique password for each website you are required to log in to is a very good idea, particularly for things like email and on line banking. Although security on a banking website is likely to be very good, if you use the same password on a website with less stringent security, you risk it being compromised on one and used to gain access to the other.
It is not unusual for criminals to harvest passwords from a weak website and then randomly try them on more secure sites.
Keep Them Random
Try to avoid using anything that is easy to guess, including personal information like your name, date of birth or address. These things are all very easy to discover and often the first things someone will try to get into your accounts. Also avoid, if possible, using real words or sequential strings of numbers, e.g. 123456789.
Passwordsgenerator.net is a password generator that can help you generate a complex, difficult to crack password.
Your Password : The Longer, the Better
Short passwords are much easier to crack than long ones, so be sure to avoid anything less than eight characters and, if possible, go for something ten characters long at least. There are 4000 times more possible combinations of ten letters and numbers, than there are for eight letters and numbers. Most good websites require at least eight character passwords nowadays.
Mix it Up
Once you start adding in symbols and mixed case letters, along with numbers, into your passwords, the possible variations rise to over six quadrillion (for an eight character password).
The password A 1 z7yDbP is many thousands of times more secure than a 1 z7ydbp.
PRO TIP : Use a Password Manager
For most people, keeping a written list of their passwords is perfectly okay as long as you make sure that it is not left in plain sight on your desk, etc. Even keeping a text document on your computer with your passwords listed is not usually a risk. Just don’t call the file’Passwords’ and leave in on the desktop.
A much safer way, however, is to use a good Password Manager. These simple bits of software let you store your passwords in a locked file on your computer or online. Just as long as you have a very good password to get into the manager, your other passwords will be safe. You then only need to remember one password, instead of 10 or 20.
LastPass and Myki Password Manager & Authenticator are our Editors’ Choice picks for free password management. LastPass has a feature set that goes way beyond most of its free competitors. Myki also boasts a wealth of features, and the fact that it stores your passwords locally rather than using the cloud is a huge plus for those worried about password security.
Enable/Disable Cookies in Chrome
Almost all modern browsers, including Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari, allow you to block cookies from being downloaded. However, it is worth remembring that many websites now need cookies to work properly, and so blocking them could mean your browsing experience is a frustrating one. Cookies are nothing to be afraid of, they are simply used to make the internet work better.
However, and for security reasons, many users try to block cookies. in the next section, we show you how to enable and disable cookies under Google Chrome Browser :
To enable cookies in Chrome, click the Wrench icon or Menu button in the top right corner of the browser window. Select Settings, scroll to the bottom and click Show advanced settings. Now click Content settings in the Privacy section.
Select Allow local data to be set to allow both first-party and third-party cookies. If you only want to accept first-party cookies, check the box next to “Block all third-party cookies without exception“
Using Social Networks : Advice for Parents
Being parents ourselves, we understand the pressure that many people feel to let their children use the Internet and social networks in particular. Many social networking sites, including Facebook, don’t allow children under 13 years of age to have accounts.
Unfortunately there is little they can do to stop a child below that age entering false details. Rather than a blanket ban on using the Internet and social networks, and potentially have your child visit them behind your back, perhaps a better way to keep your child safe online is to understand the dangers yourself and make sure your children understand them as well.
Do Some Research
Hopefully, if you are reading this, you already want to learn more about social networking and networks. This guide is a great place to start increasing your understanding of what you can do (and therefore what your child can do) on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Read as much as you can about the networks your children use and remember that one of the best sources of information is often the children themselves.
Take the next step and create an account for yourself on the social networks your child uses. This not only helps you to understand how things work and what features could be a potential problem but it also allows you to more easily see what your child is doing on there. You will be far better informed when asking questions about the site, than if you simply read about it.
Nearly all the well known social networking sites offer several levels of privacy settings. Ensure your child selects the strongest privacy setting available when they create their account. This will help to make sure that their personal information is only seen by people they want to share it with. Be aware, however, that some sites are totally open to the public.
Internet Safety Tips
- Make sure that your child doesn’t publish personal information like their location, email address, phone number or date of birth.
- Make sure they are very careful about what images and messages they post, even among trusted friends: once they are online they can be shared widely and are extremely difficult to get removed.
- Encourage your child to talk to you if they come across anything they find offensive or upsetting. Keep a record of anything abusive or offensive they’ve received and report any trouble to the site management: most sites have a simple reporting procedure, normally activated by clicking on a link on the page.
- If your child makes an on line friend and wants to meet up with them in real life, you should go along with them to check the person is who they say they are.
- Tell them to be aware of online scams. Offers which seem too good to be true usually are. Make them aware also that clicking links they are unsure about can be unwise.
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