The 6 Best Facebook Messenger Alternatives for Private Chats

If you’re trying to cut Facebook out of your life, Messenger is one of the apps you need to replace.

Its chats are not end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning that Facebook could access your chats if it wanted to. And because Facebook thrives on collecting as much data as possible, you’re probably not comfortable with the company spying on what you say to your friends.

So, with that in mind, we have compiled a list of Facebook Messenger alternatives which allow you to chat privately with family and friends. Once you’ve chosen one you’ll just have to convince your friends to sign up to it too.

1. Signal

If you’re looking for a super secure messaging client that’s also easy to use, Signal could be the one for you. Signal is an open source messaging service available on Android, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Signal is developed by Signal Foundation, a successor to Open Whisper Systems. The best part about Signal’s privacy is that the backend code is also open source and verifiable. A lot of secure messaging services only open source the frontend application code (“client-side”) while keeping the backend platform proprietary (“server-side”).

That’s not the case with Signal. This might seem like a small thing, but this layer of transparency adds more confidence and trust to the system. It’s one of the reasons why Edward Snowden has endorsed Signal. Regardless of how you feel about him, he certainly knows about privacy.

With the application itself, you’ll find all the features you’d look for in a messaging service. You can text, make voice calls, send pictures and videos, share documents, create group chats, and similar.

Signal is extremely simple to use. You sign up using your phone number and a one-time password that’s sent to you via SMS. Then, just give your name and you’re all set. There’s no email address or password to worry about.

Signal will ask your permission to look up your contacts, but it only uses this temporarily to see who you also know on Signal. Those details aren’t kept on Signal’s servers.

Download: Signal for Android | iOS (Free)

2. Telegram

Telegram has arisen as a hugely popular alternative to the more mainstream messaging apps. With over 400 million monthly active users at the time of writing, there’s clearly lots to love about Telegram.

You’ll find its interface familiar to Facebook Messenger, with a lot of the same features and characteristics—minus the bad parts. Telegram is available on every major platform including iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, and the web. The app’s UI is clean and simple to use.

When you’re looking for secure and private alternatives to popular messaging clients, Telegram is usually one of the first options to pop up. But while Telegram is open source, only the client-side code is available to the public. The server-side code is all proprietary, so you have to trust the company’s word on its security.

Some security experts criticize Telegram because it doesn’t use end-to-end encryption by default. For this, you need to open a Secret Chat with every person you’re talking to. Without it, Telegram works just like every other messaging service: keeping your messages protected on its servers, where it has access to all of your data. This conveniently allows you to use it on all your devices, though.

So why is Telegram on this list? Because it’s way better than Facebook Messenger. There are no annoying ads or stories. And Telegram boasts some really useful bots. Because the service is so popular, you’ll probably find that your friends are already using Telegram. If not, you can hopefully convince them to jump ship.

Download: Telegram for Android | iOS (Free)

3. Threema

Threema is a paid messaging app with a focus on privacy and gimmick-free features. It includes all of the essentials you’d expect, like group chats, voice calls, media sharing, and more. In addition to these standard tools, Threema lets you protect sensitive chats with a PIN, agree or disagree with messages using reactions, and choose whether to sync your contacts.

Everything is end-to-end encrypted to protect your privacy. However, Threema goes one step further, as it doesn’t require you to use your phone number or email address to sign up. The app provides you with a random ID instead, which can’t be connected to you. See Threema’s Security page for more information.

The app costs a one-time fee of $3, and doesn’t include any ads or other nonsense once you’re in. You can also use the app on the web after installing it on your phone.

Download: Threema for Android | iOS ($2.99)

4. Wire

Wire is intended for business-level collaboration, but features a basic free tier for personal use. It’s completely open source and features end-to-end encryption across all communication. The service has received independent audits from many security firms, so you can trust that it’s secure.

For chatting one-on-one or with a few friends, Wire is probably overkill since it’s intended as something more akin to Slack. But if you have a bigger group and want to set up secure communication with them, Wire could work.

Download: Wire for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

5. WhatsApp

With over two billion monthly users, WhatsApp is certainly the biggest messaging platform in the world. It’s owned by Facebook which may rightfully give you pause for thought. But for now, the app has managed to stay mostly independent from Facebook.

WhatsApp’s Status feature isn’t in your face all the time. There are no ads in the app. And even its business features are tastefully implemented.

There are two big reasons WhatsApp makes for a solid alternative to Facebook Messenger. First, WhatsApp uses end-to-end AES 256-bit encryption by default on all chats. As long as you (and the person you’re talking to) are running the latest version of WhatsApp, your chats are encrypted.

WhatsApp states its position on encryption clearly in the WhatsApp FAQs:

“WhatsApp has no ability to see the content of messages or listen to calls on WhatsApp. That’s because the encryption and decryption of messages sent on WhatsApp occurs entirely on your device. Before a message ever leaves your device, it is secured with a cryptographic lock, and only the recipient has the keys.

In addition, the keys change with every single message that is sent. While all of this happens behind the scenes, you can confirm your conversations are protected by checking the security verification code on your device.”

Also, WhatsApp uses the Signal Protocol end-to-end encryption system, which is the same open source setup used by Signal. Furthermore, you can use two-step authentication to secure the WhatsApp data on your phone.

So the world’s most popular messaging app, which is owned by Facebook, is also one of the most secure and privacy-focused messaging apps. This is ironic, but means that WhatsApp is better for privacy than you might at first think.

Download: WhatsApp for Android | iOS (Free)

6. Messenger Lite (Android) or Friendly (iOS)

If you can’t pull yourself away from Facebook Messenger because all your friends and family use it, you could try Messenger Lite instead.

The lightweight version of Messenger gives you all the essential messaging features (including media sharing) but does away with everything unnecessary. There are no ads, Messenger Day stories section, third-party apps, sticker store, or other such nonsense.

After switching to Messenger Lite, make sure you’re not continuously uploading your contact book to Facebook by going to Profile > People > Sync Contacts.

Messenger Lite is optimized to take up less space on your phone and use mobile data more efficiently, so it’s also great for older devices. While you’re still using Facebook’s service, it’s a better way to use Facebook Messenger if and when you have to.

Unfortunately, it’s not available for iOS outside of Turkey. We recommend trying Friendly instead, which is a lightweight wrapper on the mobile Facebook website. It lets you access Messenger without all the usual bloat. It’s free, with a small purchase available to remove ads.

Download: Messenger Lite for Android (Free)
Download: Friendly for iOS (Free, in-app purchase available)

More Facebook Messenger Alternatives to Try

In this article, we’ve looked at several apps like Messenger which focus on privacy. Hopefully, you can abandon Facebook Messenger and convince everyone you chat with to join you on an alternative app. But if that’s not an option, remember that you can use Messenger without Facebook.

However, if you still want to move away from Messenger but don’t like any of these options, here are some more Facebook Messenger alternatives to try.

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Facebook Buys Giphy: Should You Worry About Your Personal Data?

The GIF-making brand, Giphy, has been acquired by Facebook for a reported $400 million. It joins a portfolio that already boasts Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus. This isn’t a huge surprise: Giphy started as a search engine, but users could soon share these GIFs on Facebook. Giphy’s reach grew, as did Facebook’s.

But after the news was announced, users immediately panicked about their security and personal details. After all, Facebook’s suffered a number of privacy breaches recently. So can you trust Giphy now? What data does it actually collect? And how can you ensure your private information stays secure?

What Does Facebook Gain From Buying Giphy?

Facebook reports 50 percent of Giphy’s traffic comes from its brands, predominantly Instagram. That’s why Vishal Shah, Instagram’s VP of product, announced the acquisition, noting that the takeover is in a bid for better integration with Instagram. Shah also says Facebook will work to develop Giphy’s technology and content.

It already has the largest library of independent GIFs. Its main competitor, Tenor, was bought by Google in 2018, so this once more advances the battle between two internet giants.

And Giphy is certainly a heavy-hitter.

Let’s look at Giphy’s integration across online services. It claims to be “everywhere your conversations are happening”—so that’s social networking sites like Twitter, TikTok, and Snapchat. You can also find it on iMessage, Google Chat, and Slack, as well as Facebook properties like Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp.

Then there’s Tinder, Signal, Trello, Mailchimp, and Telegram. Giphy has become an important part of communication apps.

It’s not difficult to see why this is such a valuable asset to Facebook. In particular, Snapchat is a major rival, as it has a predominantly youthful demographic.

However, it’s important to note that we don’t know which services will continue to support Giphy after the acquisition. It may disappear from competitors and be replaced. Or it may be business as usual. Facebook apparently intends for little to change right now. We doubt it will make any difference to apps which encourage logging in via Facebook, like Tinder and TikTok.

What Data Does Giphy Collect?

After so many privacy scandals, it’s only natural users question whether Facebook also wants more access to data, especially on rival systems like Twitter. But this is only an app that provides GIFs—surely nothing personal is collected about you… right?

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Actually, Giphy collects data you submit yourself directly, indirectly from third-parties, and automatically. The latter includes your IP address, device information, and cookies, chiefly for targeted ads, although the Privacy Policy also argues it’s to combat spam and malware. Otherwise, Giphy says all information is collected “to personalize, improve, understand and continue to operate the Services.”

Any developers that integrate it into apps have to inform Giphy of the device’s tracking ID.

It’s taken until the acquisition for the most concerning aspect of Giphy to come to light. Whenever you use it, the company can track how a GIF is shared, where (i.e. the platform), and what it expresses. Giphy literally knows if you’re annoyed, happy, or in hysterics.

Giphy can also can track keystrokes—meaning the service can tell what you’re searching for by spying on what you’re typing.

Embedded within GIFs is a tracking identifier which informs Giphy of your online browsing habits: that’s what you search for on the web, and which apps you use.

Couple this with what Facebook already knows about you. Ads might become scarily accurate (if they’re not already).

You might not be on Facebook. You might block its tracking cookies. But through Giphy, Facebook could—potentially—still track you.

How to Keep Your Data Secure

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If you want to keep further information about yourself out of Facebook’s hands, your best option is to delete your Giphy account before the switchover occurs.

That isn’t a fix-all solution because other services you use might share data. Check the privacy policies of third-parties; what do they do with your personal information? If you can’t find enough details about sharing, contact them.

Take iMessages, for example. Open a conversation thread, swipe across to More then locate Giphy in the app list. Swipe right to left on it and click Delete. But without it, iMessages uses the search engine, Bing, for its GIFs. This would be fine, except Bing could still source these from Giphy.

Do you trust Apple not to share personal information?

Instead, try another service like the Google-owned Tenor or independents like GIFwrapped. It depends who you want seeing your information—a big company like Facebook or Google, or a smaller entity. You can use software to convert videos to GIFs too.

Of course, you should support services which don’t share details, like Signal. The messenger app acts as a proxy so searches can’t be traced back to you. Instead, searches look like they’re made by Signal.

The same is true of Slack, which refuses to send personally identifiable data.

It doesn’t seem like either will stop using Giphy after Facebook’s acquisition, unless the social media giant forces the issue. We’d be especially surprised, however, if Twitter continues using Giphy without initiating a proxy protocol to mask users’ details. They are, after all, key rivals.

This puts Snapchat in a quandary: will they cooperate with a major competitor to keep delivering a popular image format to its youthful demographic? Will it find a similar service to replace Giphy? Or will it develop its own GIF library?

Should You Stop Using Giphy?

This isn’t the first time Giphy has been involved in some controversy. Artists receive no fees whenever their work is used in GIFs. In fact, they don’t even get credit. Doing this would cause various practical issues, but you can’t blame creatives for feeling irked that their hard work isn’t acknowledged.

But Giphy isn’t all bad. It’s immensely popular because it boasts such an impressive library. It’s also trying to make the world better by, for instance, teaching people sign language—so whether you delete the app or not might be a tougher decision than you initially think.

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The 5 Best Free Internet Security Software for Windows

As a Windows user, you have three possible paths regarding system security. You can use the built-in Windows Security suite, install third-party security software, or ignore security altogether. The path you take is crucial.

Windows Security (formerly Windows Defender) is better than it has ever been. As a default security option, you’re in safe hands. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t opt for a free security suite alternative.

So here are five of the best free security suites for Windows, all of which offer antivirus, antimalware, and real-time protection features.

1. Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

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Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition consistently ranks highly on independent antivirus testing sites, offering award-winning protection for your Windows computer.

The free Bitdefender version brings you the core of the premium Bitdefender suite. This means excellent protection against viruses, malware, ransomware, phishing, and other scam sites. Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition provides real-time antivirus protection and takes instant, autonomous action to protect your system.

The only downside to Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is that autonomy. There is little by way of customization in the free Bitdefender version. While that is perfect for those that want to download, install, and receive instant protection, it can cause issues at times with false positives.

That said, those instances are few and far between. Overall, Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is an outstanding free internet security suite.

Features at a glance:

  • Award-winning antivirus and antimalware protection
  • Automatic detection and removal of malware, zero-day exploits, rootkits, and spyware
  • Works well with other resource-intensive programs, such as games and media editors

2. Kaspersky Security Cloud Free

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Kaspersky Security Cloud Free is the free internet security suite from Kaspersky Lab. Although there were allegations of Kaspersky Lab antivirus products being spyware tools for the Russian government, there is little indication that regular consumers should stop using one of the most effective antivirus tools around.

In that, Kaspersky Security Cloud Free is another internet security tool that performs consistently well in antivirus and antimalware tests. Like the free version of Bitdefender, the free version of Kaspersky brings you the core antivirus experience from the premium product, without all the bells and whistles.

Recent updates to Kaspersky Free include an integrated VPN option to protect your online data, plus a secure password storage function. Plus, the security suite is simple to navigate.

Kaspersky Lab also offers a bootable antivirus disk you can use to clean stubborn malware from your system.

Features at a glance:

  • Automatic silent virus and malware removal—no irritating popups
  • Very low impact during system scans, runs well in the background
  • Optional Kaspersky Free browser extension to check malicious webpages
  • Includes email, instant messaging, and other local program scanning and protection

3. Avira Free Antivirus

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Avira Free Antivirus (not to be confused with AVG or Avast) is one of the best free internet security suite options currently available. It regularly outperforms the big-name kings of security—including Kaspersky, Norton, and McAfee—in controlled comparisons of real-world effectiveness from sites like AV-Comparatives.

You get what you’d expect and more. The antivirus/antimalware scanner provides manual and real-time protection against all kinds of hazards, and the real-time scans use a cloud database to stay up-to-date and guard you against new and emerging threats.

What’s nice about Avira is that it also detects and blocks potentially unwanted applications—those bundled programs that hitch rides within installers and end up on your system without your knowledge.

If you install the free Avira browser extension, then you can also take advantage of features like harmful website detection and the ad-tracker blocker.

The only major downside to Avira Free Antivirus is the number of popups. It does hassle you at times to upgrade to the premium version of the internet security suite. There are several alternative free suites that don’t bother you with desktop advertisements, which Avira could learn from.

Features at a glance:

  • Antivirus blocks malware, Trojans, worms, and spyware
  • Real-time protection based on up-to-date cloud database
  • Blocks unwanted applications bundled inside installers
  • Browser extension offers even more protective features

4. Sophos Home Free

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Sophos Home Free brings Sophos’ powerful business-grade internet security suite to your home computers. You can use Sophos Home Free to protect up to three computers simultaneously, which is a handy option in conjunction with the integrated parental controls.

Sophos Home Free doesn’t offer much in the way of advanced features. However, you can happily download and install Sophos Home Free and let it go to work. It’ll block and remove viruses and malware automatically.

Furthermore, Sophos Home Free adds internet protection. The free security suite blocks malicious websites from opening and stops potential phishing attacks.

You’ll note that the image displays the Premium version of the Sophos Home security suite. When you download and install Sophos Home Free, you receive a 30-day free trial of the premium version.

Features at a glance:

  • Handy cloud-control of security settings for computers in your network
  • Integrated phishing and malicious webpage blocking
  • Easy to use interface with parental controls
  • Unlimited protection for Android and iOS devices

5. Panda Free Antivirus

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Panda Free Antivirus is a highly rated free internet security suite for Windows. You must feed it bamboo to get it up and running, but it is well worthwhile. Silly name aside, it nails the trifecta of security software: light on resources, easy to learn and use, and effective at keeping your system secure.

Panda Free Antivirus is as simple as they come. It was designed with the phrase “install and forget” in mind, with few settings to fiddle with. It stays out of the way, making it great for those who aren’t tech-savvy. If you want a simple solution that’s better than Windows Defender, this is it.

Recent updates to Panda Free Antivirus have modernized the user interface, giving it a sleek and modern feel. Yet, it remains easy to navigate. Those same updates also introduced a multimedia/game mode which stops Panda Free Antivirus interfering with system resourcing at critical points.

Compared to their premium products, Panda Free Antivirus might seem a bit limited. There is no online shopping protection, no data backups, no file encryption, no system optimizations. But what it does do, it does well, and that’s real-time protection against malware and spyware.

Features at a glance:

  • Antimalware, anti-spyware, and external device protection
  • Up-to-date malware definitions using a cloud database
  • Internet protection through URL/web filtering and analysis
  • Advertisement popups asking to upgrade every once in a while

More Free Security Software for Windows

Here you have the choice of five excellent free internet security tools for Windows. They all offer exceptional protection against malware, viruses, phishing attacks, malicious web pages, and much more. However, some of the options might struggle against advanced threats, such as code-signed malware.

Your choice comes down to what you need, what you can live without, and how much you trust the companies behind said products.

Of course, these are not the only security tools on the market. There are plenty of excellent security, antivirus, and antimalware tools to consider.

Read the full article: The 5 Best Free Internet Security Software for Windows


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How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication on Your Social Accounts

With the increasing popularity of social media platforms, security is of paramount importance. While choosing a strong password helps, 2FA improves your security further.

To add an extra layer of protection, you should enable two-factor authentication on all of your social media accounts. And in this article, we’ll show you how to do just that.

What Is Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication (also known as 2FA) is a security method that uses two different ways to verify your identity.

Instead of only entering a password to log in, two-factor authentication requires you to also use a code sent via text message to your phone or generated via an app. This verification helps make sure that only you can access your account.

How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Facebook

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To enable two-factor authentication on Facebook, head over to Facebook’s Settings. Select the Security and Login tab and scroll down to Use two-factor authentication. After clicking Edit, you can choose to pick an authentication app or text message (SMS) as your security method.

By default, Facebook recommends using an authentication app. If you do choose to use a text message (SMS) instead, select your country code then enter your phone number. As a note of caution, phone numbers used for two-factor authentication no longer work for password recovery.

If you choose to go with an authentication app, you can simply scan a QR code or enter a code into your authentication app to start generating your verification codes. While Facebook suggests Google Authenticator or Duo Mobile, there are many options. Check out the best alternatives to Google Authenticator for added security.

After choosing one security method, Facebook allows you to select additional security methods as a back-up. In addition to the default security methods, you can now use recovery codes and a security key. To learn more about security keys, head over to Facebook’s support page.

How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Twitter

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For Twitter, you need to go to your account settings to set-up two-factor authentication. This route slightly differs depending on how you’re using Twitter.

  • On the web, click More on Twitter’s side menu. Then click Settings and privacy.
  • On the Twitter app, tap your profile icon in the upper-left. Scroll down and select Settings and privacy.

Under Settings, go to Account then select Security. Select Two-factor authentication, then follow the prompts to set-up 2FA by text message or an authentication app. You’ll need to enter your password for confirmation of either method.

After you add one method for two-factor authentication, you can add the other authentication type or a security key while logged into Twitter on a supported web browser.

However, the Twitter mobile app won’t allow you to add a security key. In case you don’t have access to your phone, Twitter also supports a single-use backup code and a temporary password.

How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Instagram

Unlike the previous social accounts, it’s best to set-up Instagram’s two-factor authentication on a mobile device. With your browser, Instagram only supports two-factor authentication via text. If you’ve examined the pros and cons of 2FA types and methods, you should reconsider using text messages (SMS) alone for the sake of security.

Once you’re on your Instagram app, go to your Profile and click the menu icon at the top-right. Press the Settings icon then choose Security. Under Login Security, scroll down and tap Two-Factor Authentication.

Instagram then provides you with a quick explanation of two-factor authentication. To continue, press Get Started to choose your security method. If you choose to set up two-factor authentication by text message, you’ll enter your phone number and then the Instagram code sent via text to complete the process.

If you choose to use the authentication app, Instagram recommends Duo Mobile and will offer to install it. However, you can choose to set it up manually if you have your own app. Instagram doesn’t provide a QR code, but you can copy your Instagram key to your authentication app to finish setting it up manually.

Once you’ve selected a method, you’ll receive recovery codes in case your phone isn’t available.

How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on LinkedIn

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Like with Twitter, setting up two-factor authentication on LinkedIn slightly differs between your browser and app.

  • On your browser, go to your LinkedIn account’s Login and security settings. Scroll down to Two-step verification and click Turn on.
  • On the LinkedIn app, tap your profile icon in the upper-left. Select Settings and press Two-step verification. Finally, select Set up.

Once you’ve completed either route, you’ll be able to choose either an authenticator app or phone number (SMS). Choose one, click Continue, and enter your password to confirm. If you choose to receive your code via SMS, enter your phone number and LinkedIn password once more. Complete the process by entering your six-digit PIN.

If using an authentication app, you can either add your account to the app via a hyperlink or by entering a secret key manually. To complete the process, verify with your six-digit code. With either of the two-step verification methods enabled, you can change your verification method or generate your recovery codes.

How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Pinterest

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Pinterest only allows you to set up two-factor authentication by using your browser. Once you’ve logged in, click the pull-down menu icon next to your profile icon and select Settings. On the side menu that appears, click on Security.

Under Two-factor authentication, tick the box next to Require code at login. Enter your password and click Next. Select your country/region code if the default isn’t correct, and enter your phone number.

Check your phone for a security code via text or your authentication app. Enter your code and click Verify to finish enabling two-factor authentication.

Pinterest will provide you a backup code afterwards. While two-factor authentication will help you protect your account, you should be aware of Pinterest’s security issues and what you can do about them.

How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Snapchat

From the Snapchat app, click on your profile icon in the upper-left. Once on your profile, click the red gear icon to open Settings. Press Two-Factor Authentication, and you’ll be given a quick summary of what it is.

Tap Continue, and you’ll be able to choose a way to receive your verification code. If you use SMS verification, you’ll receive a text with your code. Enter it to complete two-factor authentication via SMS.

If you choose to go with an authentication app, you can set it up either automatically or manually. Snapchat also offers to find you an app. Once you’ve generated a verification code via the app, Snapchat suggests you set up SMS verification if you haven’t already.

After you’ve set up two-factor authentication, Snapchat will ask you to generate a recovery code.

Use Two-Factor Authentication for Your Security

With online security and its vulnerabilities constantly evolving, two-factor authentication provides an additional safety net. So, to protect your account and all of its history, it’s worth considering adding another layer of security.

Two-factor authentication goes beyond your social accounts as well, so don’t forget to protect other types of accounts too. As a start, we recommend enabling two-factor authentication on your gaming accounts.

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