Social media accounts are powerful tools and sometimes these powerful tools may be gotten under control of the wrong hands. We’ve recently known about hackers as they take over the Twitter accounts of media outlets and large corporations. These hackers can use these accounts for their own purposes from local to global issues. Your own accounts might seem too small to tempt scammers, but even with just a few followers your information is a valuable commodity.
Safety for every device is important and hoped by the users. Security is no longer a one-machine affair. You need a security suite that helps protect all your devices – your Windows PC, Mac, Android smartphone or your iPad.
Read on for tips to stay safe on social networks.
#1 Use Unique Passwords for Each Social Network
It’s true to say, but it is completely important to know that you never use the same password for Twitter as you do for, say, Facebook, Instagram and other social tools. Using a single password can be very easy for hackers to hack the account, as gaining access to one means gaining access to all – and consider how hard it will be when you find you’re locked out of your entire online life. So try to use different password for your different accounts because when you use one password for multiple services, you’re only as safe as the least secure service you use.
#2 Watch your Mailbox
How do the hacks of social media accounts happen? By instant messages to you. Yes, using the same approach phishers have used for years it seems to you to be a rogue link in a message or email box, perhaps sent to look like it’s from a colleague or friend that exposes that all-important password. Phishers will find out who you expect most often to receive an email from and use that as a way in. This social engineering approach has worked on staff at major newspapers and government organizations, so don’t make it complex for yourselves thinking that hacking social network accounts must require more sophisticated techniques.
#3 Don’t Be Too Personal
Social engineering is where attackers use whatever information they can glean from your public profiles – date of birth, education, interests – to try to get into your accounts on all sorts of services. Just imagine how easily someone can find out the name of your first pet or school from your Facebook profile, then think about how many services use them as security questions. Don’t keep your profile to be public, and think twice before posting absolutely every aspect of your life.
#4 Lock your Phone
It’s not only about the hackers. Your phone can be lost and found by strangers which can give access to your social accounts (and more). It’s not just rogue updates: once they’re in they can get and find out your email address, target your friends using your profile as bait, and even change your password. To make it as difficult as possible for an attacker, you should always enable the pass-code lock on your phone, and set it to time out at no more than a few minutes.
#5 Answer Spammers with Block Button!
When a hacker wants to follow you and send you links, don’t just ignore the links. For the sake of others who are less well informed than you, always report it as a spam account. The social networking service will monitor it and, if enough people take the same action against the account, the remove the it. It won’t stop spammers coming back with new accounts but it at least hinders their efforts.
In addition to these tips, be cautious of any message, post, or link you find on social networks that looks at all suspicious or requires an additional login. Hope these tips help you secure your social profiles. Stay safe!