Securing yourself online becomes increasingly hard


  Over the last few decades, technology has been becoming very prevalent in our everyday lives, including in the workplace. This has brought some amazing things, but has also brought a lot of problems, hacking being the largest.

  Hacking has been a problem in the digital world since the dawn of the computer and simple networking, but it is even more prevalent today with wireless internet.

  Today, we have to worry about our safety at all times as no one is safe. Whether you’re far from a techy person or the President of the United States, you’re never immune.

  Hacking has gained a lot of attention after the recent presidential election with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal and the alleged hacking during the election.

  Those were very large scale breaches, but breaches happen everyday at the level of normal life. Most people, including myself, become increasingly worried about their password strength when we hear of a breach, and we should. You don’t want people to have the ability to go and edit all of your personal stuff.

  According to an article by, the most popular password used in 2016 was 123456 and was being used by 17% of the 10 million people surveyed. 111111, 1234, 987654321 and 123123 were among the other front runners.

  One of the ways I keep my accounts secure is through two-step verification. This isn’t a feature on all websites but most major companies like Google, Microsoft and Amazon do.

  Two-step verification goes through a process where once you successfully sign-in via password, you must enter a verification code sent to your phone in order to verify it is actually you.

  This means no matter how weak your password is, you can still keep your account locked as long as the hacker doesn’t have access to your mobile device.

  Google has even started testing the ability to log-in to your account without even having to enter your password, but instead using a prompt in the Google app on your mobile device. Your phone must have a fingerprint scanner in order to use this, which means your fingerprint becomes your password for everything.

  Two-step is just one of the many ways you can secure yourself online, but it is one of the simplest compared to virtual private network solutions like Tunnelbear and Hotspot Shield or custom security solutions.