Social Media accounts are powerful tools. They are the digital representation of who we are and can reveal a lot about a person and who they are connected to. As they increasingly become a part of daily routines, they have also become a gold mine for hackers to capture your information or take over your account for personal gain. Here are some of the ways to protect your social media accounts.
1. Use a unique password for each of your social media accounts.
Using the same password for all your social media accounts provides a hacker with an opportunity to gain unauthorized access to all of your accounts. As a rule, your password should always be unique for all the social media accounts you have.
2. Do not share too much information.
Hackers and fraudsters are constantly looking at social media accounts to gather information about you. They use this information to gain access to you by sending you an email or calling you. Avoid posting information such as your phone number, the names of your children, your address, and information about vacations.
3. Verify your friend requests.
Anyone can be anybody on the internet. Before you accept an invite through social media, ensure that you know the individual. Would you let a stranger inside your home? The same rule should be applied when accepting a social media friend request.
4. Review the security and privacy settings within social media.
Social Media sites now have security settings that will allow you to strengthen security on your accounts. They range from alerting you when they see a login from an unknown IP address, to someone tagging you in a picture, to adding a second factor to authenticate your login to social media. Always use these features when available.
5. Beware of emails from social media sites.
Scammers are using social media platforms to send phishing scams or send malicious files, etc. You may see an email about a link or an attachment from someone that you may not know of or see a post within your pages. Be careful about clicking on them as they can be malicious.