Protect yourself online: Add layers of security

Manila Bulletin Technology Editor Art Samaniego believes that cybercrime is the “Second Epidemic.” COVID-19 quarantine measures forced us to do everything online, and many of us weren’t prepared for the dangers. Individuals with evil intentions took advantage of this situation.

To keep online hackers and scammers at bay, most websites will let you use two-step verification, where you’re prompted for both a password and another piece of information like a code. It’s like using a double-lock on your door.

Samaniego says, “Ninety percent of hacked accounts did not have two-step verification.”

Here’s what you can do right now to protect your social media accounts: use Google’s 2-Step Verification or download the Google Authenticator App. When you log into your social media, they send a 6-digit code to your phone.

Most websites have that option. Just go to their menu or your profile and look for “Advanced Security Settings.”

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