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Account Security

Connecting your computer or mobile device to a network includes a degree of risk. No matter the size of your business, criminals might target you and your information.

There are certain steps you can take to preemptively secure your data and information online.

Generating Unique Passwords 

Many people use the same password for more than one account. Often they pair it with the same username or email address. Without unique passwords, if your email address or password is exposed, an attacker might have easier access to another account that uses those same credentials. Using password vault software is a great way to generate and manage your passwords. When you use a password vault, you need to remember only the master key to the vault, and your other passwords can be autogenerated jumbles of letters, numbers, and symbols. Some password vaults we recommend are 1passwordLastPass, and Dashlane.

Turn on two-step authentication

You can enable two-step authentication for your Maker account to reduce the likelihood that someone who has acquired your password will be able to cause any damage. Any staff members can set up two-step authentication for their accounts as well.

Secure a compromised account

If your account has been compromised, then take steps to protect your data right away:

  • Log in to your Maker account and change your password.
  • If you can't log in, then reset your password. If you don't receive a password reset email, then contact Maker Support.
  • Enable two-step authentication for extra security at login. If two-step authentication is already configured and an attacker was able to defeat it — for example, they stole your device — then change your device and set up two-step authentication again.
  • Check your banking details and update if necessary.
  • Review your general account settings to make sure all other information is correct.