Protecting Your SurveyMonkey Account & Data
At SurveyMonkey, we take your privacy and security seriously. But there are also tips and best practices that you should follow—in SurveyMonkey, and anywhere on the web—to keep your account and data safe and secure.
Protect Your Account
Never Share Your Password
If you suspect your account has been accessed by someone else, change your password immediately.
Create Strong, Hard-to-Guess Passwords
A great password is one that's easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess. Always avoid using things like dictionary words, names, birthdays, common dates, and other obvious words or phrases like the name of the website the password is for. A good password contains at least 8 characters and has numbers, upper and lower case, as well as special characters.
Using a mnemonic is another great way to create complex and memorable passwords—just memorize a phrase and base your password on the first letter of each word. For example, if you like to run in the park three times a week, your password could be ritp3Xaw!
Don't Use the Same Password For Other Sites
Avoid using the same password for all the websites, apps and online services you use. If you have trouble remembering all of your passwords—don't write them down! Instead, consider using a tool like 1Password to securely manage your strong passwords across all the tools you use online.
Update Your Password Frequently
It's always a good idea to change your password regularly—at least every 90 days. And when you update your password, avoid using a password you've already used in the past—for SurveyMonkey, or any other service.
Make Sure Your Email Account is Secure
Follow the tips above for your email password too. If the email address listed on your SurveyMonkey account isn't secure, and someone gets into your email account (like Gmail, Yahoo!, or Facebook), they could reset your email passwords and gain access to other online accounts (like SurveyMonkey).
Avoid using generic, role-based, list-serv email addresses like info@, admin@, or firstname.lastname@example.org for your SurveyMonkey account. Instead, you should use an email address that only you can access. You can change your email address from the My Account page.
Protect Your Survey Data
Restrict Access to Shared Data
When you create a read-only shared data page to share your results with others, you can password-protect the page to restrict access to only those that know the password.
If you're on a team plan, you can share surveys with people on your team to give them access to the survey and results, which they can only view when they're logged in to their account. You can also use the Library feature to securely store and share brand assets, like images and survey templates, with everyone on your team plan.
Keep Your Data in Company Hands
If there are multiple people in your organization using SurveyMonkey, create a team so that your organization can retain ownership of the data in employee accounts in the event that someone leaves the company. Learn more: Account Ownership
Follow our HIPAA Security Tips
If you're a covered entity with a HIPAA-enabled account or team, review our HIPAA Security Tips to ensure that you handle PHI data securely.