According to experts, one of the most common security mistakes one can make online is related to the usage of the same password for multiple online accounts. To stay safe while browsing it is highly recommended never to use the same password for different apps and online accounts. This way, if one account gets hacked, all the other will remain safe.
The most exposed category to such attacks consists of celebrities (whether we talk about politicians or pop singers, they are all equally eligible to become victims). The most recent examples include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and singer Drake. The hacker(s), going by the name of OurMine Team, managed to gain access to Zuckerberg`s Twitter and Instagram accounts. Care to know what was the password Facebook CEO used to log in? “dadada”.
Also, in order to avoid one of the common security mistakes that can expose your online data to hackers making your accounts vulnerable to unauthorized breaches, specialists advise using a two-factor authentication. Also abbreviated as 2FA, this extra safety measure adds a second layer of security when logging in. Usually, the authentication process requires only a username and password. This second level introduces a new identification pattern, such as a physical factor (an ATM card for example, or a phone) or a biometric factor (a fingerprint recognition mechanism. In some situations, this can be replaced by a voice recognition facility).
Although this is not a new feature in the online security business, its popularity increased during recent years. And since the two-factor authentication has become a commonplace, hackers developed new ways to go around it or break it. One of the vulnerable points of this system is the password recovery process that can temporarily reset your login details to a new username and password.
To take Facebook as an example, one can reset all details by sending a new password via SMS. In case you lose your phone, make sure you immediately deactivate your phone number or simply remove it from the security steps Facebook advises you to take in order to secure your account.
Despite this obvious vulnerability to unauthorized breaches, experts are optimistic about the future of two-factor authentication and they assure online users of the efficiency such a prevention technique has in discouraging hackers.
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