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Social Media Security – How to Ward Off Hackers

Protecting your social media accounts has become critical in an era where hacking appears to be in vogue. Because of the multi-purpose aspect of social media platforms, they become valuable tools that the average person spends approximately 116 minutes on every day, according to a recent study.

Imagine if someone gained access to your account? It would be devastating and it could potentially have a severe negative impact on you likewise your business. Hence, protecting yourself, your account and the information you put online become necessary.

Below are a few steps you can take to beef up your social media security and give yourself the best possible chance of avoiding a hack.

# 1: Close accounts you’re not using. Forgotten social media accounts may be compromised without being noticed. Hackers can leverage these and access other accounts linked to it, like your email.

#2: Be selective with third-party applications. Using your Facebook or Google to sign in for third party applications/websites could expose you to being hacked. Be sure to read the details of what exactly you are authorizing the particular application to gain access to.

It is wise you regularly check the list of third-party apps connected to your account. Review and if necessary, revoke the access of such apps when you are no longer using them.

#3: Practice good password hygiene. As much as you can, use different passwords for your social media accounts. Make sure you use a password that’s difficult to crack – avoid using passwords like names, dates of birth. It is of essence to change passwords on a regular basis – ideally once in every three months.

#4: Keep your mobile apps updated. Security patches protect you from the newest known threats.

#5: Use a unique email for your social media accounts. If possible, create a new email specifically for social media accounts. This would limit the information hackers have access to in case you are compromised.

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#6: Enable two-factor authentication. This authentication confirms a user’s identity by utilizing a combination of two different components say; account password and a confirmation code which is sent to the user via text message or email. Another advantage of two-factor authentication is that you will be notified in the event of an attempted intrusion.

#7: Log out of your social media accounts. This is necessary especially when you use your office PCs or a public computer access point like cybercafes. Likewise, it will be safer if you don’t use the auto login feature on your computer browsers. Make it a point to always logout after each session.

#8: Manage account privacy settings. It is required that you learn about and use the privacy and security setting on Facebook or any other social networks you use. These settings help you securely manage your online experience and control who sees what you post from your account. Be sure to check your privacy settings on Twitter, Instagram and other social media networks you have profiles on.

Social media gives you limitless opportunities to connect with friends and family, market your brand, but has complex security challenges. Stay safe while you engage by being security conscious.

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3 thoughts on “Social Media Security – How to Ward Off Hackers

    • Great to know Nasalian. Each time i see them, the word FLEE come alive in me. lol Thanks for the feedback.

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