GoDaddy – 3 steps to keep your account from getting hacked

GoDaddy is one of the more popular web hosting companies who offer a variety of services. This is another area where you should consider implementing a strong password and two factor authentication to keep you from loosing access to the services you are getting from GoDaddy. Follow the steps outlined here to help prevent that from happening.

1. Use a Strong Password

For those that aren’t familiar with this term, a Strong Password is one that contains (where permitted by the website or service) a combination lower case letters, uppercase letters, numbers, punctuation or other special characters to make up a password. The longer the password is, the long it will take for someone to guess or hack your password. This is an area where I am probably as guilty as everyone else is on this. I have a “favorite” password or two that I liked to use in the past. This kept me from having to have a way to keep track of all the passwords that I used on different websites. With more websites adding additional layers of security such as challenge questions, etc., I have had to start using a password manager app to help keep track of the different passwords, the challenge questions and answers used on a particular website, the recovery procedure if I am locked out of a website, what additional login procedures I have used for that site, etc.

I use a password manager app called mSecure. It is a multi platform (i.e. Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, etc) app so that you have close to the same interface regardless of how you are using it. It also has several different ways to synchronize the password database so that you should also have the same version of the login information on each of your devices that you use it on. There are a variety of apps to choose from in this area, so look for the one that best works for you.

2. Use a Unique Password

This one will be a bit of a pain but the time taken to do this will pay off in the long run. Look at it this way, if one of your logins on a particular site is compromised or hacked, you have taken a step to minimize the potential for additional website logins to be breached as well. Most password manager apps have the functionality of helping you generate a unique password. There are other apps that do this as well. A search of the app store for your phone or the internet for you laptop/desktop should show you some options to look at.

Different websites have different rules for how you can make your password strong. Some will let you use “special” characters such as * or +, others wont let you use those characters but will make sure that you dont use a password that can be looked up as a dictionary word. Some will not allow the same character or number to be used repeatedly. Remember, the more uniqueness you can have in a password makes it that much more difficult for someone to hack your account.

3. Enabling Two Factor Authentication

  1. Login your GoDaddy Console (https://mya.godaddy.com/default.aspx)
  2. Go to the Settings tab.
  3. Click Account Security Settings on the left.
  4. In the Two-Step Authentication section, click Manage.
  5. Click Add Authentication.
  6. Enter the smart phone number you want use for the two factor authentication process, and then click Continue.
  7. Enter the code that you will be sent, and then click Continue.

There is a little quirk at the end of the process. Once you finish enrolling your phone as the two factor token, you don’t get returned to the settings screen where you started from. You will need to click on your login name that should be in the upper right hand corner of the screen and click on the My Account option that will be displayed.

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