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Securing Your Online Accounts

Tip #1

Privacy vs. Security

In a nutshell: online security is protecting devices and software from intruders, while digital privacy is controlling who can see your information.

Strong passwords, multi-factor authentication, and anti-virus software are key security tools.

Removing trackers, using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and private browsers are key privacy tools.

Tip #2

Creating Strong Passwords

Using strong passwords are crucial to your online safety. As the primary defence between your personal information and the rest of the world, a strong password makes a big difference. Read through these images for approved password strategies!

Tip #3

App Spotlight: LastPass

Creating strong passwords is essential to your online safety, but those passwords are only useful if you can remember them. If every password you make is strong, long, and unique, they can be difficult to keep track of in a secure manner, and hard to remember. For help creating, managing, and securely storing passwords, we recommend a trustworthy #InternetIntelligence approved app like LastPass.

This app recommendation is not sponsored content. We are not receiving any compensation for this post.

Tip #4

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Your online safety doesn’t stop at a strong password. MFA adds an extra layer of protection to help keep your data locked away from prying eyes. That sounds like some #InternetIntelligence to us!

Using MFA on your accounts means that even if someone were to get a hold of your username and password, they would still need more information before they could access your account. MFA is worth considering to improve your online safety: check the account or security settings of the service to see if MFA is available.

Tip #5

NCF Team Tip: Choosing Strong Security Questions

Luke, our HelpDesk Analyst reminds us that even though strong passwords are our first line of defence, we can’t forget about the option to choose strong security questions and answers as well.