The next step in adding the next layer of protection on your login accounts is to make sure you put together a complete list of all your login accounts. This is something that you may not get done on the first pass. The first pass would be to write down all of the accounts you can think of. The information you should put together will be the website/service name, URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or website address, your login account name, password. Once you have written all of this down, then take a look at your browser history to see what sites you have visited lately. This will help identify additional sites that you have missed when you were working from memory. If you have used the browser’s ability to remember login names and passwords of sites you visit, this is another way to make sure your list of sites is as comprehensive as possible.
As you build your list of login accounts, this would be a good to take stock of what additional protection mechanisms that the websites you use offer. This could be implementing security questions on your account. Some websites use this as a safeguard where you are prompted with a question when you are going through a password reset process when you can’t login to an account with the password you think is the right one for this account. Another option to look at is using some type of token or other access system where you are texted a series of number that change every 30 seconds or you provide those numbers from an application that is supported by the website you are trying to login to. While you wont be implementing additional protection at this point, knowing what options each website supports will help you decide what options that you will want to think about implementing. Since not all sites will support the same options, knowing what your options are will help minimize the number of different options that you will need to use.
There is no one way that you have to get all of this information written down. You can start with nothing more than a notepad and pen. I have created a workbook that is a companion to my book “The Hackers Are Coming…”. I have a series of forms that walk you through this process and helps with adding additional levels of protection depending on what each site supports. Documenting all of your accounts has another benefit. Having this information in one place will help make sure someone of your choosing can close all of your accounts when that time comes. There isn’t any easy way to say this but this is the first generation where this type of record keeping will be important.
To learn how to protect your other social media and login accounts, purchase a copy of my book “The Hackers Are Coming… How-To Safely Surf The Internet“. This book covers how to protect your other online accounts to make it as difficult as possible for someone to hack into your account.