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Safety practices to avoid hacks

  • Tighten up your email security.
  • Install a legitimate antivirus program.
  • Use two-factor authentication wherever possible.
  • Be wary of public wifi when accessing the internet away from home, and use a secure VPN.
  • Do not store the key using any email, note-taking app, cloud storage or in a file on your computer.
  • Always check the website you are visiting is legitimate. We provide more advice on this in our dedicated article.
  • Use a stronger form of 2-step verification, such as Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) with a security key or Time-based One Time Password (TOTP) with a mobile authenticator app like Duo or Google Authenticator.
  • Protect your emails against spam using spam detection systems.
  • Check addresses and domains on Chainabuse before signing transactions or connecting your wallet.
  • Check the smart audit results and the reputation of the auditing firm, even if it does not guarantee the security, of protocols and smart contracts before depositing your funds.
  • Always ensure you understand a protocol's governance and the risks you are taking before depositing any funds.
  • Be very careful when visiting links or downloading apps or attachments.
  • Be aware that sometimes even clicking Google results can lead to getting your funds stolen - sometimes “Ad” results can be fake versions of a website and can end up capturing your login information
  • Always make sure you’re downloading the correct, legitimate version of an application.
  • Never give anyone your login information, seed phrase, or private keys.

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