When signing up for any online service we recommend the following security best practices:
1. Use a strong password, change it often and download a password manager
A strong password:
- Is at least eight characters long
- Contains a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols
- Doesn't contain your user name, real name, or company name
- Doesn't contain a complete word (especially one from the dictionary)
- Is significantly different from previous passwords
- Isn't the same password you use on other web sites, such as for online banking or other email accounts
We recommend you to change your password every month as it limits how long a stolen password is useful to a stealthy attacker and thus how long they have access to your account.
If you have trouble managing your passwords, you can download a password manager, such as Dashlane.
To change your Gatecoin account password, login on your account and go to the Security Notifications page.
2. Keep your user information up to date
Current user information, like your present address, helps us to verify your identity if you forget your password or if someone else tries to take over your account.
To update your user information, login to your account and go to the User Information section.
3. Watch for suspicious connections
The Connections History page in the Security section helps you track unusual or suspicious connections. You can see the IP, the country and the date/time of your latest sign-ins. If you see something wrong or unfamiliar, you can report it to local cybercrime agencies so that they can investigate.
4. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA).
We strongly recommend you to implement two-factor authentication on your account.
Once 2FA is activated, in addition to the 'usual' password, you have to enter a one-time password shown on your additional device for a successful login on Gatecoin.com.
In order to generate the one-time password you need an app such as Google Authenticator. Before activating the 2FA, ensure that the time on your additional device is not manually set.
Also, you should back up your user code with Google's 2FA services, in case your device gets lost/stolen. Your security options can be changed in the Security Notifications page.
For more information, you can check the Google Support webpage about 2-step verification.
5. Install an antivirus program on your PC/Mac
Update your operating system, browser, and other software
Be careful of suspicious emails and websites
Use a pop-up blocker with your internet browser