Protect & Secure Your Signal Account – Complete Guide

Are you aware that over 12 billion online accounts have been compromised in recent years? This staggering statistic alone makes securing and protecting your Signal account more crucial than ever before.

With cyber-attacks, data breaches, and identity theft on the rise, safeguarding yourself and all your online accounts, including Signal, is crucial

The good news is that there are simple steps that you can take to keep your Signal account safe from hackers.

How to secure and protect your Signal account.

Today, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about how to secure your Signal account. From password protection to enabling two-factor authentication(2FA) to access Signal, recognizing phishing scam attempts, avoiding suspicious links and emails, improving your browsing habits, and using private networks, we’ve got you covered.

By the end of this read, you’ll be properly equipped so you don’t get your Signal account hacked and if you’ve already been hacked, please check our guide on the steps you should take if your Signal account has been hacked.

An image showing the number of the hacked accounts during the last years. Data is from

How To Secure and Protect Your Signal Account.

Securely protecting your data is a top priority, and to help you with that, we’re bringing you a comprehensive list of best practices. From using complex passwords that hackers cannot guess, to utilizing advanced encryption and multi-step authentication devices, we’ve got you covered.

We will cover a range of best security practices recommended by social engineering and security experts that can be easily applied to various websites, primarily focusing on the Signal platform. By understanding and implementing these security measures, you will be better equipped to protect your account from hacking attempts, data breaches, and other potential threats.

Keep in mind that, while this guide is tailored for Signal, the principles discussed here are applicable to most online platforms, so you can apply this knowledge across the board.

1. Secure your Signal Account.

In this step, we will discuss various strategies to strengthen the security of your Signal account alone.

Create strong and unique passwords.

We will begin by exploring the importance of creating strong and unique passwords, which serve as your first line of defense against unauthorized access.

A photo showing 4 different passwords. The two of them are weak and easily trackable and the other two are strong and unique.

Why it’s important:

A strong and unique password is crucial for securing your Signal account because it makes it significantly more difficult for hackers to guess or crack your password using brute-force attacks.

A weak password can be easily compromised, putting your Signal account, as well as any other personal online account with the same password that may be found in a data breach, at risk.

To create a strong and unique password for your Signal account, follow these guidelines:

  • Use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Make your password at least 12 characters long.
  • Avoid using easily guessable personal details, such as your name, birthdate, or common words. (In most cases, these can be found online)
  • Consider using a passphrase, which is a sequence of words or a sentence that is easy for you to remember but difficult for others to guess.
  • Use a free password manager to generate and store new strong passwords securely.

The following table provides a rough estimate of the time required for a supercomputer to brute force passwords with varying lengths and character sets, assuming 100 billion attempts per second:

Password LengthCharacter SetCracking Time (Estimation)
6Lowercase + Uppercase + NumbersHours to days
6Lowercase + Uppercase + Numbers + SymbolsDays
7Lowercase + Uppercase + NumbersDays to weeks
7Lowercase + Uppercase + Numbers + SymbolsWeeks
8Lowercase + Uppercase + NumbersWeeks to months
8Lowercase + Uppercase + Numbers + SymbolsMonths
9Lowercase + Uppercase + NumbersMonths to years
9Lowercase + Uppercase + Numbers + SymbolsYears
10Lowercase + Uppercase + NumbersYears
10Lowercase + Uppercase + Numbers + SymbolsYears to decades
11Lowercase + Uppercase + NumbersDecades
11Lowercase + Uppercase + Numbers + SymbolsDecades
12Lowercase + Uppercase + NumbersDecades
12Lowercase + Uppercase + Numbers + SymbolsDecades to centuries
13Lowercase + Uppercase + NumbersCenturies
13Lowercase + Uppercase + Numbers + SymbolsCenturies
14Lowercase + Uppercase + NumbersCenturies
Please remember that these estimations are not exact and can vary depending on factors such as the attacker’s resources, password hashing algorithms, and additional security measures like account lockouts or rate limiting.

Use unique passwords for every account.

You need to use unique login credentials for every online account because it helps minimize the risk of a domino effect in case one of your accounts gets hacked.

Why it’s important:

Using unique login credentials for each of your online accounts ensures that if one account is found in a data breach, the attacker cannot access your other accounts and your Signal account. This practice limits the potential damage caused by a single security data breach.

How to do it:

  • Create distinct passwords for each of your online accounts.
  • Avoid reusing the same username and password across multiple platforms.
  • Use a free password manager to store and manage your unique passwords securely.
A custom made image showing 4 different password for 4 different scenarios.

Change your passwords frequently.

Changing your Signal password frequently is also a good practice to maximize your security.

Why it’s important:

Regularly changing your passwords reduces the risk of unauthorized access to your account. Even if an attacker manages to acquire your password, they will have limited time to exploit it before you change it and also they won’t be able to access any of your other accounts.

How to do it:

  • Set a reminder to update your passwords every 1-2 months. (NordPass can help)
  • Avoid using minor variations of your old passwords and create completely new and unique passwords.
  • Use a password manager to help you easily track your password change history and generate new ones.
A photo that shows how to manage and frequently change your passwords using a password manager.

Enable two-factor authentication.

Lastly, enabling two-factor authentication is an additional layer of protection that significantly reduces the chance for someone to gain access to your Signal account.

Why it’s important:

Two-factor authentication (2FA) adds an extra layer of security to your Signal account by requiring a secondary verification method, such as a one-time code sent to your phone or email, in addition to your password. This ensures that even if someone obtains your password, they cannot access your Signal account without second-factor verification.

How to do it:

  • Check the Signal privacy & security settings to enable 2FA.
  • Choose a verification method, such as receiving a one-time code via text message, email, or an authenticator app.
  • Follow the instructions provided by Signal to set up and activate 2FA.
  • Keep your 2FA recovery codes secure in case you lose access to your primary verification method.

By following all these guidelines, you can significantly improve the overall security of your Signal account and safeguard it.

Let’s move on to the next step, which in my opinion, is the most crucial one.

A photo illustrating how 2fa works.

2. Secure your Email account.

Think of your email account as the gatekeeper to your entire virtual world. Whether it’s retrieving a forgotten password or resetting account information, email is often the go-to medium for handling tasks across various platforms, including Signal.

However, if your email account gets pried open by an attacker, it’s as if they’ve acquired a VIP pass to your entire virtual universe. It’s not just your Signal account that’s at risk, but every other personal account that’s linked to your email address.

So, the importance of securing your email cannot be overstated as it acts as the core of your online presence.

Steps you should follow to maximize the security of your email account to keep both your Signal and email as safe as possible:

  • Use a strong and unique password
    • Follow the same guidelines as mentioned in Step 1 for creating a strong and unique password.
    • Make sure not to use the same password for your email as you do for other online accounts.
    • Use a password manager to securely store and manage your email password.
  • Enable two-factor authentication
    • Choose a verification method, such as receiving a one-time code via text message, email, or an authenticator app.
    • Set up and activate 2FA following your email provider’s instructions.
    • Store your 2FA recovery codes in a secure location.
  • Monitor your email for suspicious activity
    • Regularly review your sent, received, and deleted emails for any unusual messages.
    • Check your email account’s login history for any unrecognized device or location data.
    • Enable notifications for account login attempts from new devices or locations.
  • Review your email recovery options
    • Review your email account’s recovery options, such as backup email addresses or phone numbers, and make sure they are up-to-date and secure.
    • Remove any outdated or unused recovery options. (Old emails that you don’t use or have access to)
    • Enable security notifications for any changes to your account recovery settings.
    • Regularly review and update your recovery options to maintain top-notch security.
Secure your email account.

3. Install Security Software and Add-ons.

In this step, we will discuss the importance of installing various security add-ons and software to help protect your Signal account. By using these tools, you can enhance your online security and privacy while significantly reducing your exposure to potential threats.

Use Password Manager

A password manager functions like your own private cyberspace butler, managing and storing all your digital keys in a top-secret vault guarded by a master password that only you know. And the best part is that you don’t have to rack your brain trying to remember your passwords.

Utilizing the power of the password manager, you can now compose and maintain unbreakable password combinations for your Signal account and any other platform/game/website you use.

How to set up a password manager:

  • Download NordPass and install it on any or all of your devices.
Choose a NordPass plan.
  • Now, on the homepage of the app, you can choose to either add all your passwords one by one or import them from your browser and then change them.
How to add new passwords on NordPASS
  • Next, go to the “Password Generator” feature and start generating new unique and strong passwords for each and one of your accounts and change them.
Password manager and password generator from NordPass. How to set it up.

That’s it, from now on NordPass will take care of the rest. It will automatically fill in the passwords for you when you try to log in on any websites/apps, and it will also let you know if your password was found in any data breaches and send you notifications to update them asap.

Install an Adblocker

An Adblocker helps protect your browsing experience by blocking intrusive ads, pop-ups, and trackers. This not only enhances your privacy but also reduces your exposure to potential malware and phishing scams that can be hidden within malicious ads that will try to hack your Signal account.

How to set up an Adblocker:

  • Choose a reliable Adblocker, such as Nord Threat Protection or AdBlocker Ultimate.
  • Install the adblocker as an extension for your web browser by following the onscreen instructions.
  • Configure the adblocker according to your preferences, and keep it updated to ensure optimal protection.
How to enable adblock features and CyberSec on NordVPN threat Protection app.

Use antivirus software

Antivirus software helps protect your device from malware, viruses, and other threats that can compromise your Signal. By using security software, you can scan your device for potential threats, malware, and keyloggers and remove them before they cause any damage.

The antivirus software you will find below will also prevent you from downloading most of the harmful software online as well as block any suspicious websites.

How to set up an antivirus:

  • Choose reliable antivirus software, such as Malwarebytes or Nord Threat Protection(web).
  • Install the antivirus software on your device and keep it updated.
  • Run regular scans to check for malware and other threats. (Automatically)
  • Follow the antivirus software’s recommendations for protecting your device.
Malwarebytes scan for malware.

Use a Private Network

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) encrypts your internet traffic and masks your IP address, providing an additional layer of privacy and security. By using a VPN, you can prevent hackers and other third parties from monitoring your online activities, making it harder for them to target your Signal account with cyberattacks.

How to set up a VPN:

  • Choose a reputable VPN service, such as NordVPN.
  • Install the VPN software on your devices and sign in with your username and password.
  • Connect to a VPN server and ensure that your internet traffic is encrypted.
  • Use the VPN whenever you’re browsing Signal or other online platforms, especially when connected to public free Wi-Fi networks.
A photo explaining how a VPN can protect you and your  Signal account data from being seen by hackers, isps, government, and corporate.

4. Beware of phishing and smishing attempts.

Let’s talk about the two-headed monster that is phishing and smishing! These are some of the sneaky tactics that cybercriminals use to make you reveal sensitive details about your Signal or even install malicious software that can create a passage for them to walk right into your digital realm.

In this step, we will discuss how to recognize and avoid such attempts, ensuring that your Signal remains secure and safe from potential threats.

Don’t install sketchy software.

Installing software from unverified sources can expose your device to malware, viruses, and other security threats. It’s crucial to be cautious when downloading and installing software to protect your device and Signal account.

How to avoid downloading dangerous software:

  • Only download and install software from trusted sources or official websites that you recognize.
  • Always check the URL of the website and double-check to make sure it is the real one.
  • Verify the authenticity of the software by checking reviews and user comments.
  • Use MalwareBytes to scan downloaded files before installation.
  • Use VirusTotal before running the software on your devices.
A photo showing some possible download scams when trying to download a file online.

Double-Check Everything on Emails.

Phishing emails and ads are designed to trick you into revealing sensitive information or clicking on malicious links. Being vigilant and double-checking the authenticity of emails can help prevent falling victim to phishing attacks.

How to protect your Signal from phishing emails:

  • Examine the sender’s email address and look for any discrepancies or suspicious elements.
  • Check for poor grammar, spelling mistakes, or an unusual tone in the email.
  • Hover over links to reveal their actual destination before clicking on them.
  • Verify the legitimacy of any requests for sensitive information by contacting the purported sender through social media, website contact form, or email.
A photo showing an example of phishing email.

Learn more about cyber security.

Understanding the fundamentals of internet security enables you to make informed decisions about protecting your Signal and how you move online.

Best sources to learn about internet security:

A photo showing a cyber security expert working on his PC.

Educate your family and friends.

Sharing your knowledge of internet security with family and friends can help them protect their online activities and reduce their risk of falling victim to cyberattacks.

Even if you never fall victim to any of the threats discussed in this article someone using the same WiFi as you might be, and all of a sudden all the devices on the network are hacked and all your online accounts get compromised.

How to do it:

  • Discuss best practices for online security with your family and friends. Just the basics should be enough. Tell them to be super cautious when opening emails, SMS, ads, and giveaways.
  • Share resources, articles, or courses that cover internet security topics.
  • Help them set up the security tools we discussed above. All the tools we included provide access to multiple devices with the same subscription so you don’t have to get multiple subscriptions for each device.

Delete unused accounts.

Unused online accounts that may have the same password as your Signal account can be vulnerable to unauthorized access and potentially lead to identity theft or other security issues.

Closing or deleting these accounts can help reduce the possibility of getting your Signal account hacked.

How to do it:

  • Review your list of online accounts and identify any that are no longer in use.
  • Visit the account settings or profile page to close or delete the account.
  • Remove any personal information or content from the accounts before closing them.
Delete account

5. Next Level Security.

For those who want to take their online security to the next level, this step will cover additional measures that can further protect your Signal as well as any other online accounts and devices from potential threats.

Lock down your phone in case you lose it.

Losing your phone can put your online accounts including Signal at risk. Taking precautions to secure your phone in case of loss can help prevent unauthorized access to your data.

How to do it:

  • Set up a strong passcode or password to lock your phone.
  • Enable remote wipe and location tracking features through your phone’s security settings or a third-party app(Google, Apple).
A photo showing how to Lock down your phone in case you lose it and how to erase everything in it.

Enable encryption on your laptop/phone.

Encrypting your devices ensures that your data is protected, even if your device is lost or stolen. Encryption scrambles your data, making it unreadable without having access to the correct decryption key.

How to do it:

  • For laptops, enable full-disk encryption using a built-in tool like BitLocker (Windows) or FileVault (macOS).
  • For smartphones, enable device encryption in the security settings (usually enabled by default on most modern devices).
  • Use strong, unique passwords or passphrases to protect your encryption keys.

Use the YubiKey.

The YubiKey is a physical security key that provides an extra layer of protection for your online accounts through multi-factor authentication. Using a YubiKey can help prevent unauthorized access to your accounts, even if your password is compromised.

How to do it:

  • Purchase a YubiKey that is compatible with your devices and desired use cases.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to set up the YubiKey with your accounts.
  • Whenever you log in to a supported account, insert the YubiKey and touch the button to complete the 2FA process.
  • Keep the YubiKey in a secure location and consider having a backup key for added security.
A photo showing all the models of the Yubi Key.

Secure Signal Account: Frequently Asked Questions

Can my Signal account get hacked if I follow this guide?

While following this guide significantly reduces the risk of your Signal account getting hacked, no security measures are foolproof. Implementing strong passwords, two-factor authentication, secure browsing practices, and staying vigilant against phishing attempts will greatly increase your protection.

How do I know if my Signal account has been hacked?

Signs that your Signal account may have been hacked include but are not limited to unexpected password changes or inability to log in, unauthorized changes to personal information or settings, suspicious online activity, such as messages sent or received without your knowledge, and unfamiliar devices or locations in your account’s security history.

Which tools can be used to protect your Signal from hackers?

Key tools for protecting your Signal account from hackers include a strong and unique password, Two-factor authentication (2FA), or multi-factor authentication. Virtual Private Network (VPN) for secure browsing, antivirus software to detect and remove malware, a password manager for securely storing unique passwords, and security add-ons, such as adblockers and privacy extensions.

Why do hackers want my Signal account?

Hackers may target your Signal account for various reasons, such as gaining access to your personal information for identity theft or fraud, exploiting financial data or payment methods associated with it, or using it as a platform to spread malware or phishing attacks to gain access to other accounts or services connected to your Signal account damaging your reputation.


In conclusion, protecting and securing your Signal account is essential in today’s digital world. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to cyber threats, such as phishing attacks, malware, and unauthorized access to your Signal account.

To recap, some key strategies for safeguarding your Signal account include:

  1. Secure your Signal and other online accounts with strong, unique passwords and 2FA or multi-factor authentication.
  2. Protect your email, which is often the gateway to other accounts.
  3. Enhance your web browsing security through VPNs, adblockers, antivirus software, and password managers.
  4. Be aware of phishing and smishing attempts, and educate yourself and others on how to recognize and avoid them.
  5. Implement additional security measures, such as device encryption and using the YubiKey, to further bolster your protection.

Keep learning and staying informed about new security trends and best practices to ensure you’re always one step ahead of potential threats.

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