Guide to Securing Your Online Accounts

Have you been pwned?

Passwords

2 Factor Authentication

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Protecting Your Email

Financial Information

General Device Security

Summary

  1. Check if you have been pwned and setup notifications with HaveIBeenPwned.
  2. Get a pair of hardware security keys (the extra will be a backup).
  3. Create a private email address for financial/sensitive purposes. Setup the advanced protection program if you are using gmail.
  4. Setup a password manager such as Bitwarden. Setup your hardware security keys as 2FA if you can get Bitwarden premium or if your password manager allows it.
  5. Use the password manager to generate and store new passwords for all of your accounts except your emails, computer password, and password manager itself.
  6. Setup your private email address with any financial/sensitive accounts (banks, brokerages, credit bureaus, password managers, etc).
  7. Turn on 2FA wherever possible, preferably using hardware security keys. Consider adding login alerts as well.
  8. Turn on notification alerts for any credit card or bank transactions, as well as credit changes.
  9. Ensure your mobile device and financial apps have some form of authentication for increased security.
  10. Consider freezing your credit to help protect yourself from identity theft.
  11. Use anti-virus and keep your software up to date.
  12. Learn to avoid phishing.

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Software Engineer / Tech Entrepreneur with interests in full stack development, web3 technology, software scalability, fitness, and finance — abeyep.com

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