If you are using social media for general purposes or commercial purposes, you might have thought at some point in your life about being hacked. Especially from the ones that you earn a living of it. It is not pretty common to get hacked after Google search engine, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube regularly update their security patches. Despite all these, you need to learn to make your social accounts more secure after a series of hacks on twitter accounts Jeff Bezos (CEO Amazon), Elon Musk (CEO SpaceX), Bill Gates (ex-CEO Microsoft). If they are not safe, you should take it seriously.
Most attackers choose famous YouTubers who have millions of subscribers and have a lot of influence on people. Even if you don’t have millions of subscribers and not so famous, you still need to make your YouTube account safe and secure.
To prevent your YouTube account from being hacked and to keep it safe and secure, here are a few tips that can help you secure your YouTube account. These tips can be applied to other social sites, too.
1. a strong Password
Use a password that has at least 12 characters. If you still need to be sure, use 16 characters. Use at least one number, one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter and one special symbol and do not use any dictionary word in your passwords.
Weak and vulnerable passwords are the main reasons that your YouTube account is not safe and secure and can easily be hijacked. The best way is to change your password every 45 days.
2. Don't store your passwords online
There is an option on almost every search engine like Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, IE that let you store or safe password since all passwords saved in Web browsers can be revealed easily. Yeah, it is easy to click “Save Password” and be tension free. Well, it has a setback. Use Password Managers that manage your passwords for you so that you don’t have to remember a 12-character password and never store your critical passwords in the cloud.
3. Avoid public Wi-Fi
Do not log in to important accounts on computers of others or when connected to a public Wi-Fi like airports, cafes or even hotspots. Use Tor web browser, a VPN, web proxy and even Incognito mode can be useful. But if you are in need, must use a VPN.
4. HTTP vs HTTPS
Never visit websites that have HTTP, not HTTPS as the start of their URL and also do not send sensitive information online like giving your email and password to log in via unencrypted (HTTP or FTP) connections because messages in these connections can be sniffed with very little effort. You should use encrypted connections such as HTTPS, SFTP, FTPS, SMTPS, IPSec whenever possible.
5. 2-Step authentication
This is probably the easiest way to keep your YouTube account safe and secure from hackers. Turn on 2-step authentication whenever possible. These days most of the social sites have 2-step authentication or 2-step verification, so always turn on.
6. update security patches
Another way to keep your YouTube account safe and secure, keep your OS Windows 7, Windows 10, Mac OS X, iOS, Linux and Web browsers Firefox, Chrome, IE, Microsoft Edge of your devices, Windows PC, Mac PC, iPhone, iPad, Android tablet up-to-date by installing the latest security updates. Go to mobile settings, select Update section and update.
7. Always lock
Lock your computer and mobile phone when you leave them. Yes. There are a lot of people who do not lock or close their devices when they go somewhere or get busy for a few minutes.
8. Use different emails
If you have millions of subscribers on YouTube and deal with different kinds of sponsors, you must have a different email address. Not all proposed sponsors are real sponsors. Some are just claiming to be but in fact only phishers.
Use at least 3 different email addresses. Use the first one to receive emails from important sites and Apps. Use the second one to log in in your YouTube account or any other social accounts and use the third one from a different email provider such as Outlook and Gmail to receive your password-reset email.
9. Spam links
If not the easiest way but one of the easiest ways to keep your YouTube account safe and secure. Do not click link in an email or SMS message, unknown websites, WhatsApp text messages or any link sent in chat boxes. Do not reset your passwords by clicking them except that you know these messages are genuine.
10. Last but not the least
The last one which most of us have done it once in our life time by telling our passwords to our family members or someone else in a relationship in text messages or emails.