Steemit Security: How to Protect and Recover Your Account

in #steemit6 years ago (edited)

Steemit Account Security and Recovery

Preventive Measures:

  • Don’t keep a lot of SBD in your account
  • Use your Private Posting Key to log into your account
    • Active Key is used for transfers, power ups, etc.
    • Master Password is only needed for account changes
  • Keep your Master Password offline (cold storage) and keep it secure
    • Note that your keys are case-sensitive
  • Update your Master Password from time to time (recommended every 30 days)
  • NEVER share your Private Keys with anyone... Especially your Master Key!

Recovering Your Account:

  • Go to Stolen Account Recovery from the Main Menu
  • Supply most recent Master Password (used in the last 30 days), your username, and email
  • Without your keys you cannot recovery your account at all
  • If you have just your posting and active keys you can still recover your funds but not your original account
  • Account Recovery must be completed within the first 30 days of your account being compromised

Further reading on Account Security:

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Thank you for providing good information! Watching some of your videos on YouTube was what made me take the step and join Steemit.

Because you know I'm all about them keys...bout them trouble.

When you make over $70 for saying "Fuck Youtube". :)

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LOL, that is awesome my friend!! Welcome to the world of decentralized social media. :)

another priceless post!!!! learning so dang much over here!!!! thank you brandon!!!!!

Awesome glad this was helpful @rawutah!

Nice to see people trying to help out others, I always say that about the private key never show anyone it not even your mother. I hope nobody has to go through the part of account recovery. Thanks for sharing and caring.

I'm hoping I don't hear that this has happened to any of my followers. It sounds like a long process to recover your account. Good thing is there are measures we can take to prevent it. Glad this was helpful and thanks for the comments. :)

I hope so to, I never want to go through that and your welcome

Congrats to you for following your dreams no matter what! This platform is indeed a fantastic instrument to help you achieve your financial independence and other goals. Glad that you see Steem for what it is.

Absolutely, we've got something special here. :)

Thank you for providing good information!

I saved my Master Key using Paper RAID 5:

  1. splitting the Key into 3 Parts
  2. Write 3 Papers: one with part I and II, one with part I and III and one with part II and III
  3. Store these papers at different, secure locations

It has two benefits compared to the normal cold storage:
-If somebody finds one of these papers he can't log into your account
-If one of the papers gets lost or destroyed your password is still save

You don't have to manually write it on paper. Printing it, maybe even including QR-Codes also does the job. Just don't leave it accessible for everyone in the house. I had someone break into my home once. They just took Money. They didn't steal any laptop or external HDD, nor any USB-Stick. But because USB-Sticks can easily get lost or stolen I'm not a friend of storing important data on it, at least not as the only place. I think it is better to store important data only in an encrypted container in several places, maybe even also in the cloud for you to be able to access it even if your house and all your technical equipment burns down.

Great points. I remembered after creating this video that I have an encrypted image storing service where I could easily take a snap shot of my keys and store them there. So there are a lot of options. I really like the idea of using QR codes too. Thanks for the tips!

Valuable post for spreading awareness about the steemit account security. I really appreciate your effort to help others to keep their account safe.

I'm glad you took the time to read/watch it. I think it's something we should all be aware of.. just in case. :)

Thanks for the knowledge !

You're welcome. I think this is something we can all probably take more steps to prevent.

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