Many YouTube users are probably unaware of the dangers when surfing the platform looking for the next viral hit. However, this Google service is in the eye-line of many cybercriminals.

Through phishing attacks, they try to obtain passwords to access information such as bank data associated with your YouTube channel.

So, in the event that you have a YouTube channel which you use frequently, take note. Carelessness can end up being very expensive taking some precautions will serve you in the long run. Securing your YouTube account helps prevent your account from being hacked, hijacked, or compromised. So, here are few tips that will help to secure your account from intruders.

Never Click Short URLs

To begin with, be wary of any shortened link that reaches you, no matter where it comes from. While most are safe, some hide nasty surprises, like a malware that is automatically downloaded to your computer to steal information. Before clicking, make sure you know where the link will lead you to.

Always Use Strong Password

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A strong password helps you keep your personal information safe and prevents someone else from getting into your account. 

Create a strong and complex password: Use 8 characters or more. It can be any combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.

Make your password unique: Do not use your YouTube account password on other sites. If another site gets hacked, the password could be used to enter your YouTube account.

Avoid personal information and common words: Do not use personal information like your birthdays, common words like “password,” or common patterns like “1234.”

Turn On 2-Step Verification

Two-factor authentication (2FA) — also known as two-step verification or multifactor authentication — is widely used to add a layer of security to your accounts. The most common form of two-factor authentication when logging into an account is the process of entering your password and then receiving a code via text on your phone that you then need to enter. The second layer in two-factor authentication means a hacker or other nefarious individual would need to steal your password along with your phone in order to access your account.

Protect Against Suspicious Messages & Content

Phishing is when a hacker disguises themself as someone trustworthy to take personal information, like financial data, a national ID/social security number, or credit card numbers. Hackers may pretend to be institutions, family members, or colleagues by using emails, text messages, web pages, and more.

YouTube will never ask you for your password, email address, or other account information. Don’t be fooled if someone contacts you pretending to be from YouTube..

Set & Check Permissions On Your Channel

If you’re a creator, you can invite someone else to manage your YouTube channel without giving access to your Google Account. Invite someone to access their channel as a:

  • Manager: Can add or remove others and edit channel details.
  • Editor: Can edit all channel details. 
  • Viewer: Can view (but not edit) all channel details. 
  • Viewer (limited): Can view (but not edit) all channel details except revenue information.