Web account security

To maintain close contact with friends or business partners, many individuals own various kinds of web accounts such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, LinkedIn and Hotmail account. Regardless of massive convenience brought by using those tools, troublesome issues still come along. In the era where hacking and hijacking are on the rise, numerous people may have the same experience that spam emails sent from a hijacked email account appear in their inbox. For this reason, users are supposed to take effective measures to protect web account security.

Among the mentioned accounts, Facebook and Twitter accounts are most likely to become victims because of the Firesheep extension for Firefox. Moreover, if users are using public Wi-Fi, they ought to be much careful, since web account security may not be secure. Well then, how to maintain web account security? Actually, users can protect themselves against web account hacking and hijacking by enabling HTTPS on certain sites that they visit regularly. Here, the ways to enable HTTPS on some mentioned sites are introduced:

1.  Facebook
To ensure Facebook account security, users need to log in to Facebook, and click the arrow next to the gear icon in the upper-right corner to open Account Settings tab. After that, choose the Security link on the left panel. Then, select the Edit link next to Secure Browsing. Here, check the Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) when possible item. Then click Save Changes.

2. Gmail
If Gmail users want to protect certain web account security, they need to take the following steps: Firstly, log in Gmail and then click the arrow adjacent to the gear icon in the upper-right corner. After that, choose Settings. Secondly, choose General tab and then select Always use https in the Browser connection section. Finally, Gmail users need to scroll down and click Save Changes at the bottom of the screen.

3. Twitter
After Twitter users log in, they need to select the dropdown list in the upper-right corner and then click Settings. Then, scroll down and check the Always use HTTPS box on the Account tab. When previous operations are performed, click Save at the bottom of the screen.

4. Yahoo!
Yahoo! automatically sends users username and password via a protected HTTPS connection by default, but the passed data will be insecure once users log in. Since few improvements have been made, users are suggested to use Yahoo! service only when they are on a secure network connection for the sake of certain web account security.

5. Hotmail
Users who want to protect Hotmail account security can follow these steps:
Firstly, operate under Options > More options…toward the upper-right corner of the screen.
Secondly, choose Account details (password, aliases, time zone) in the Managing your account area.
Thirdly, choose the Connect with HTTPS link at the bottom of the screen.
Fourthly, select the option Use HTTPS automatically (please see the note above).
Finally, click Save to execute all previous operations.