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For some, Youtube is a big part of daily life. We spend time watching countless videos – whether it’s educational or for entertainment.
There are almost 4 billion active users on YouTube every month and with that many people, the possibility of cyber attacks is high.
As such, if you’re a YouTuber, you need to keep your channel as secure as possible. Here are 3 ways you can do that.
Youtube security concerns
The majority of security breaches relating to youtube channels mostly involves hacking into a person’s Gmail since you need a Google account to create your youtube channel.
If someone has access to your Gmail account, they can easily have access to your channel.
Use a strong password
A strong password is your first barrier against attackers. You should look at your password as the key to all your treasures. If someone else has this key, they have access to valuable data.
A strong password should be random and not associated with any of your public details (such as your name, date of birth, age, and so on). Mix it up with special characters, numbers and uppercase letters.
Although a strong password cannot save you entirely from attacks, having one will make hacking into your channel a lot tougher.
Identify and Avoid Phishing Emails
A phishing link or email is a deceptive technique used by scammers to trick innocent victims into handing over valuable information over the internet.
A phishing email may appear to be from YouTube and may even lead you to a website that may look like the original youtube login page – your password and email are captures once you sign in to the fake youtube page.
Examples of Phishing Scams
- Promotions and Prizes – such emails promise outrageous prizes (iPhones, Cash prizes etc) for little or no work done. Don’t fall prey to this.
- Panic – such emails may include copyright strikes or threats to ban your account if a certain action is not taken.
- Incentivization (Fake Likes and Subsribers) – if an email is promising free subscribers or likes, you probably shouldn’t believe them.
How to avoid Phishing scams
- Verify the address of every email you receive
- Avoid offers and promotions that appear too good to be true
- Don’t click on any link you are not sure about
Enable 2-Factor Authentication (2FA)
You can enhance your account’s security by enabling 2-Step Verification. This helps protect your data from unauthorized access even if someone knows your password.
If you’ve enabled 2-Step Verification for your Google Account, you’ll need to enter a security code every time you sign in or make changes to your account. Learn how to get a security code to protect your account.
Head over to Google’s 2FA site and click “Get Started”
So there you have it. These are three simple steps you can take to help keep your YouTube channel and its content secure.
I hope this post can help you stay proactive about your security. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write a comment.