How to secure your bank accounts and email
Have you ever wondered why bank accounts which are supposed to be safe are hacked and money is withdrawn or why emails are being jacked and hacked when the owners thought they were safe? Well don’t worry, today I am going to give you some simple but important steps to secure both your emails and bank accounts.
This is a two (2) segmented article.
How to secure your email(s).
- The first thing to do is to create a strong password.
A good password is one that is hard for people to remember even your closed ones should not be able to guess it and for you to remember easily. Make sure you log out when you are done with the account for the moment or day.
- Have a complicated email address.
I know it can be a hassle to create a complicated email that you can’t remember but it’s safer than you been hacked. It should consist of numbers to mask your name.
- Have a secure password.
Your password should be complicated that only you can remember. Do not use a pet name, your nickname, your name or a phrase that people know. You can use the characters. Here is an example of a good password. ‘‘[email protected]&Ohio’’ or ‘‘Fin09$%@land56’’.
- Download a trusted antivirus.
Use a trusted antivirus to protect your devices so as not to let snoopers to your email through the device. Frankly I only trust Bitdefender because others are a little bit sketchy, going through investigations of misuse of information.
- Keep your login detail secret. Do not tell anyone your password or any confidential information. No company will ask you for your email password or any confidential information online except you go to their office.
How to secure your bank accounts
- Keep your email secure.
Some emails contain your bank transactions if you connect the email to your bank account.
- Never give your bank account details through email.
No sensible bank will ask you for your details online, they will prefer you to do anything online related to bank details at their branch or central offices.
- Check your accounts daily.
If it is possible please check your bank accounts daily to see if they have been changes to your account. If you withdrew money and nothing seem to change on your balance then there is a problem, report it to your bank.
- Know your bank protections.
Different cards have their protection type so know them to be safe from credit card fraud, debit card fraud or other cards fraud types.
- Turn on paper statements.
Make sure you get paper statements from your bank at least once a month to see the account state even though you do that online.
- Choose a bank with good customer service.
A bank with a good customer service helps a lot in informing and getting reports about suspected attacks and they tell you steps to take when having problems.
- Use strong passwords & 2-factor authentication (2FA).
Make sure you use strong passwords when using online trading and transactions and just to be safe also use or turn on the Two(2) Factor Authentication for your online banking to hinder hackers from getting you easily.