They emptied my BTC wallet, and stolen all funds from my programs…
This is the third time within the last 3 months, so I thought it’s worth to write an article on how to secure your account, so nobody can get to it…
What has happened: 3 of my friends from marketing and cryptocurrency business sector had their accounts emptied by hackers.
In this article I am going to write about specific situations that did actually happen, and I hope that after reading it, you’re not going to just forget it, but you’ll stop for a second and think about the importance of protecting your funds from thieves’ attack. Trust me: there is ‘plenty’ hackers out there these days…
David has been working both in revenue share and cryptocurrency. He had one gmail account for everything, one simple password for it all too. He never did second factor authentication. All that a hacker needed to do is get to his gmail… That’s where he found e-mails from variety of programs, that David kept saved out there. One of the e-mails contained a password to a program, which was sent to David after registration. He searched through everything, checking where else David used this password. And he used it everywhere…
And that’s how, magically, a hacker stole: all Bitcoin from David’s wallet and all funds from available balances in affiliate programs. All he needed to do is click on confirmation link on David’s e-mail, which he already had access to. David’s losses were… substantial.
– If you can, do not open all accounts to earning programs using one email address. Use various emails. The best thing to do would be to have a separate email to every program.
– Always secure your email well: long, difficult password + second factor authentication (google or SMS). Yes, it would take a bit longer to log in, but it may save you from big losses.
– NEVER keep emails with passwords to any programs.
– Use different passwords to everything and ALWAYS write them down on a piece of paper or in a notebook. Never keep them on your computer!
– In programs and on exchanges always use 2FA. It is not ideal thing that would protect you 100%, but it would definitely make it more difficult for hackers to get to your funds. They’d just look for someone else to steal from.
Anna only worked with cryptocurrency: and she kept all her crypto on exchanges (just in case she needed to sell it quick) and on online wallets. She never used 2FA , but she had different passwords to exchanges and two wallets. On one of the social platforms she posted the screenshot from an exchange and from her wallet. It just so happened that she was robbed two days after. Have a guess where she kept her passwords to exchanges and wallets… On her computer, in the folder called: ‘important’, and then on Word document called: ‘pass’ (she could not be bothered to type in her passwords manually every day, so what she used to do is just: ‘copy’, ‘paste’). Hacker was most probably watching her on the social platform (or the screenshot could have been just a coincidence…), and all he needed to do is to hack her computer. All the rest was easy, as she never set up 2FA. Losses: painful.
All she could find looking through blockchain is that all funds were sent to newly created BTC address with no past history.
– Always use second factor authentication as it may honestly save your funds.
– NEVER keep passwords in a folder on your computer. Say your sorry to a pen and paper and start writing everything by hand and type it in by hand too! Trying to make everything easy might not end up good for you.
– Various passwords! Always small and capital letters, numbers, special characters. And of course no idiotic combinations like: admin1234.
I recommend to look at the website below with the list of most common passwords (have a look if yours isn’t one of them)
http://www.whatsmypass.com/the-top-500-worst-passwords-of-all-time (500 worst passwords ever)
Chris kept all his cryptocurrencies on one wallet online. A lot of BTC, plenty of LTC, ETH and some others. He said himself that he did not want to spend 70 Euro for Ledger, because he would have to learn how to use it, send his crypto there… he just didn’t want the hassle. His password was easy, and in addition he asked his friends few times to log in to his email (he gave them his password…) and download some files from there… Password to his wallet was exactly the same as to his email. It’s difficult to say if he was robbed by a hacker of by his friends, and it doesn’t really matter, because he has nothing now and he can’t really blame anybody.
– If it comes to passwords and 2FA, all same as with David and Anna.
– NEVER give the password to you email or other accounts to anyone (same as you wouldn’t give out the password to your bank account, do not give out the password to your crypto wallet…)
And remember – taking things easy and lightly on the Internet might end up being very costly:)
I am being serious: it takes only few extra minutes for setting up good passwords and other security measures.
There are countless possibilities for earning online, and countless moments when you can lose everything you’ve earned. Don’t give it up so easily 🙂
*All names were changed
*All of those 3 people changed their passwords to super strong ones, added 5 different security measures, various emails and they do not save any important things on their computers.