Many consumers are under the impression that a hacker needs access to your social security number to do any real damage. As it turns out, that is not entirely true, as if they have access to your email address, they pretty much have access to all of your pertinent information, creating a whole other issue of problems.
Hopefully, you will never run into this type of situation. However, if you do, there are some preventative steps you may take to head any problems off at the pass.
One is to never use your email as a password on any of your sites. Also, make sure that your password is a strong one as well as tough to guess. Change up your passwords on your websites, making sure not to use the same one every time. This only serves to help a hacker, once they have deduced your password, to have access to every site you are on.
It is a good idea to make it a habit to change your passwords at least every couple of months. This makes sure that you can stay one step ahead of the hackers, in order to maintain the maximum security that you can. Along with periodically changing your password, one of the most proactive steps you may take is that of enabling two-factor authentication on any sites you visit that may offer it.
This method requires a predetermined one-time code that must be entered, alongside the password, to gain access to an account. The code is, once initiated by the email entry, sent to the person’s cell phone, which they then enter on the site.
The most valuable tool you have against hackers is your common sense. Don’t share your information with anyone, and don’t type any of your information into a site using a public WiFi network. If you are diligent and attentive, you will make it that much harder for any hacker trying to gain your information.