By Mansoor Pirzada

Protecting your financial accounts from the hackers has been a challenge in this new cyber world. We randomly use open internet connections that are provided free of charge in public places, but have you ever thought how dangerous those connections can be? You could lose a lifetime of savings, that’s why I decided to share a few tips on how to protect yourself and your information.

Say no to public Wi-Fi
You should never access your financial information or personal files when connected to public Wi-Fi. When you check your financial accounts make sure that you are using your own secure Wi-Fi connection.

Use complex passwords
When you create a new account or also for existing accounts, make sure your password is at least eight characters with a mix of upper and lower case letters and add in some numbers and a symbol.

Use security for your passwords
Turn on Two Factor Authentication (2FA) using any Authenticator app or route to your phone. When you log in to an app with your username and password, you are asked to enter a validation code. This code is sent by text to your phone, email or any Authenticator app. Hackers will not be able to access your information without your phone and the code.

Be careful about links and attachments
The easiest way for hackers to gain access to your accounts is by sending emails that trick you into “logging in” again to review something. You may also receive an urgent message asking you to check the security of your account. NEVER EVER click on suspicious links or open these attachments when you don’t know what they are.

I hope this helps.

Stay safe, stay blessed.

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