If you are on Reddit, have you ever thought about how safe you are? Leave alone Reddit – have you ever thought about your online security? The Internet is the greatest and most popular resource in this century but it also the most insecure.
Whatever you post on your Reddit account reflects your beliefs and practices but importantly, your likes. So, your vote (up or down) on a post that is shared on a Reddit community says whether you like it or not. If a post, says a fashion one is shared and you upvote it, that means that you like it.
Knowing that your account can be hacked and several ‘bad’ things done should trigger you into securing it. Someone may be wanting to earn karma points on Reddit from a post they shared. This may make them decide to hack into people’s accounts (and maybe yours too) and upvote their posts. This would be misleading to Reddit itself and a misrepresentation of the truth. This article will guide you on how to stay safe on Reddit.
See also: How to make a crosspost on Reddit
Safety on Reddit
Reddit has some ways it secures you but it also asks that you take your security in your hands.
The following ways can help you to stay safe on Reddit. They are largely focused on making sure that whoever accesses the account is its true owner.
- Verifying your email
- Checking your account’s activity
- Using a strong password
- Two-factor authentication
One: Verifying your Email
Even without verifying your email, you can use your Reddit account to post and vote on content. Other platforms always need you to verify your email first before you start to engage.
Go to your mailbox and retrieve the email verification message that Reddit sent. Open and click the verification link. By that, your one and true email will be set.
Two: Checking your account’s activity
Every device you use to visit your Reddit account is always captured. Reddit displays the IP address, User-Agent, Location, Last Visit, and Organization (ISP). If you are logged in to your Reddit account, click here to check your account’s activity. If you notice a stranger login, raise a red flag.
Three: Using a strong password
This is like a classic when it comes to the discussion of improving safety and security. Big firms with bigger systems usually change their passwords from time to time. That is not what is being recommended here, though.
Use a password manager like Google Chrome to suggests a strong password. It will then save it for you. This will offer you a password that cannot be easily guessed and save you the hassle of thinking of what letters to mix.
Four: Two-factor authentication
This is the most popularized way of securing account access for most platforms on the Internet. You can set it up on Reddit using the following ways (for PC).
- Once are you are logged in to your account, click on the button with your username. On the displayed menu, click on ‘User Settings’.
- On the page that displays, click on the ‘Privacy & Security’ tab.
- Scroll down to the ‘Advanced Security’ section and toggle the button next to ‘Use two-factor authentication’ to display a pop-up. You will be asked to enter your password.
- Two-factor authentication on Reddit will require you to download an app such as Google Authenticator.
- Once the app is downloaded and set, use it to scan the QR code displayed on the pop-up (step 3).
With the given safety ways, you are sure that the only person using your account is you. That should give you safety confidence.