Recently, high-profile websites have experienced security incidents and it has been creating a buzz on the Etsy community.
Etsy know that some Etsy users use similar usernames and passwords across multiple sites, and that they may be victims of the recent attacks aimed at other websites. The increased volume of spam in convos could be a direct result of usernames and passwords stolen in other attacks being used to login to some Etsy members accounts, but the good news… your financial and credit card information has not been compromised.
You can always trust Etsy as it is as a safe and secure site to use. But, there’s always ways to make it safer. If you’re wondering how to make your account more secure, Etsy offers a few optional features to make your account more secure:
There are 3 features in Etsy that you need to know that greatly affects the security of your account:
1. Full-Site SSL
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) adds communication security over the internet. Etsy pages with sensitive information,such as your credit card number, are already SSL enabled, but with this option you can secure all communication that pass between you and Etsy. (The prefix for SSL encrypted pages is https as opposed to http.)
2. Two-Factor Authentication
This security feature adds communication protection on your password. You will just need to enter your phone number where you can receive phone calls or text messages. (You can use the same phone number on multiple accounts.) After that, when you sign in using a different browser, or every time 30 days have passed you will receive a code, which you must enter in addition to your password to log on to Etsy.
3. Login History
This feature will help you to track when and where you sign in to your Etsyaccount which validates your speculations if there is someone else logging on to your account. It also allows you to sign out of any open sessions whenever you signed on to Etsy using a public computer and you forgot to log off when you were finished.
To access these features, follow these steps:
- Go to Your Account link found at the top of yourEtsy page.
- Go to Settingsfound on the left corner of Your Account page.
- Click the Security tab found at the top of the page.
- The Security Settings page opens.
- To enable Full-Site SSL, click the top Enable button.
- To enable Two-Factor Authentication, click the middle Enable button. You will be redicrected to a pop-up screen that requires you to enter a mobile phone number and to indicate whether you want to receive your two-factor code via text or phone call.
- To enable Login History, click the bottom Enable button.
If you would like more information on these features please check out Etsy’s official help page here :
If you know other ways to keep an Etsy account secure, please let us know through the comment box below.
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