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HOW TO KEEP YOUR ACCOUNTS SECURE

Fun fact: The average American has 27 online accounts that require passwords. With so many usernames and passwords floating around, it can be tempting to commit a major internet safety faux paux. For example, using the exact same password for every account (which we’ve all been guilty of) or writing all your personal information onto a sticky note and slapping it on your laptop (big no no). So to avoid being hacked or hijacked, here are the best practices to help keep your online accounts secure.


Use a Password Manager

Each of your online accounts ought to have its own strong, unique password. You’ve probably heard this before, but the best passwords have an unpredictable combination of letters, numbers, and symbols--making them remarkably difficult to guess. However, it’s pretty much impossible to remember 27 different strings of random characters! That’s why we’d recommend using a password manager. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, it’s sort of like a digital locked diary. You only need one password to gain access to all of your others. Here are the free password managers that we’d recommend, with a range of offerings to suit your needs and wants. The best password managers use the strongest anti-malware tech to keep your personal information as safe as it can be. 


Download Antivirus Software

Any computer or laptop you buy these days will already have some kind of antivirus software installed. However, even the free third-party software outperforms the built-in software, so it’s best to do your research and download a software that’s compatible with your computer and highly effective. 

 

What do we mean by highly effective? The best antivirus software will protect against malicious websites, vulnerable Wi-Fi networks, Trojan horse programs, and ransomware. For both Windows and Mac users, we’d recommend trying Avast Security. They have two tiers of offerings, a free standard package and a paid premium package, and both will help keep you safe as you surf the web. And of course, for the best security possible, you’ll want to update the software regularly. 

 

Be Wary of Public Wi-Fi

When you’re walking around the mall, waiting in your car, or studying at Starbucks, free public Wi-Fi might seem like a nice, pleasant surprise. And it is! However, it’s best to access it through a virtual private network, aka a VPN. 

VPN’s allow you to enjoy the free Wi-Fi while encrypting your data, so that other internet users on the same public Wi-Fi network cannot access your personal information or hack your accounts. For a more in depth explanation of VPNs and recommendations on which to download, read this article


AngeLink Values Security 

As a mobile-first, FinTech crowdfunding platform, we value online security very highly. Our proprietary algorithms ensure donor protection and we actively root out any and all scamming attempts [Hyperlink to Common Online Scams Article] on our platform. We’re creating a generous, female-centric online community built on trust, and we do everything in our power to keep our #ArmyofAngels and their personal information secure.