So far, 2017 has proven to be a bullish year for bitcoin indeed. And as it shoots for the moon, it’s unfortunately common to see an uptrend in malware and phishing attempts that leave you with an empty wallet. In this post, we share best practices that will help fortify your online security arsenal. Read on to find out how you can increase your safe browsing IQ.
1. Always, always check your sources
Only download files (including web and mobile apps) from their officially authorized sources. Otherwise, it’s more likely they may contain embedded malware.
A common tactic to watch out for is when unsuspecting users are tricked into installing malicious browser add-ons, extensions, or fake mobile apps. Fake mobile apps can often be found in non-standard mobile app stores; our official mobile apps should always be downloaded directly from our official Play Store and App Store landing pages.
And when you’re installing browser extensions and add-ons, carefully review the permissions that these extensions require before installing them. It’s a good idea to only install extensions from the official browser extension stores, and don’t forget to check the reviews to make sure there are many positive reviews, and no complaints about malware or theft.
**2. Guard your personal information **
Some websites or emails may solicit you for sensitive or personal information, and it’s extremely important that you make sure you’re providing the right information to the right source. A prime example of sensitive information would be your Blockchain Wallet ID and password (never provide this information to anyone, and only use it when logging into your Blockchain Wallet).
Personal information may also include your name, physical location, answers to “security questions” used for account recovery, your government-assigned identification numbers, credit card numbers, banking information, etc.
Using a password manager can be a helpful way to manage and keep this information safe.
3. Protect your email accounts
In some cases, hackers will attempt to access your online accounts by obtaining entry to your email account. Next, they’ll use the “account recovery” functionality to access the various accounts associated with your email address (like your Facebook profile, for example). Here are some easy ways to help keep your email accounts resilient to attack:
- Enable a two-factor authentication method for your email account, such as Google Authenticator or Yubikey. If your current email provider doesn’t offer a two-factor authentication method, we recommend finding a new provider you like that does.
- Choose a “recovery” email address for your primary email address which is also well-secured.
- Use a strong password for your email account. Password manager software can help you set unique and strong passwords for different websites.
- Be cautious about granting access to your email account to third-party websites and applications.
- Review your account security settings every 2-3 months.
**4. Reach out to us! **
If you have a particular question about staying safe online or need help with the security configuration in your Blockchain Wallet, you’re always welcome to reach out to our support staff, or say hello on Facebook or Twitter.