Looking for information?
Sharing your thoughts, ideas, and what you’ve done for today?
Finding people or groups who share the same interest as you?
Communicating with your friends, family, and loved ones?
Want to grow your business?
Well, you can do it all through social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Social media are websites or applications which require you to sign up and create an account for you to participate in social networking.
Social media can give you lots of benefits. But without taking care of your social media account, it may cause you big harm such as invading your privacy by getting all your files and sensitive information by a hacker. A hacker can also use your social media accounts for unnecessary acts such as sending spam messages, forced shares or follows, ransom, and worst, hackers pretend to be you.
Hackers are evil geniuses.
Now, here are the 6 ways to take care of your social media accounts and you might frustrate hackers if you do these things:
Create a strong password
This may be a piece of advice that you can see online regarding password security. A strong password contains:
- At least 12 characters
- Numbers and symbols
- Uppercase and lowercase letters
- Not a dictionary words or combined dictionary words such as “redcar”
2. Change your password regularly (especially in a business account)
This is very important especially if you have a business account. Imagine a hacker posting unnecessary things using your account. What do you think your customers will think of you? This can damage your business! For sure, you won’t allow somebody to exploit your business account.
Furthermore, there’s a research study saying that there is a lot of money in selling login credentials and passwords. So, start changing your passwords regularly.
Avast Hack Check detected 29,898,788,430 stolen passwords that have been taken as a part of a security breach or other types of illegal online activity. Check here if your password is one of them.
3. Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
Once you enable the 2FA, you will receive a code to your phone number whenever someone is trying to sign in to your account. So let’s say a hacker, who knows your login credentials, is trying to sign in to your account. He will not successfully sign in to your account because he will not receive the code needed.
If you want to enable two-factor authentication in your Google account, follow these steps:
- Go to Google Account and log in to your account.
- Click on the Security tab on the left.
- Click on 2-Step Verification.
- Click the Get Started tab.
- Enter your Google password to verify it’s you.
- Click Try It Now.
- Tap Yes on the Google pop-up that appears on your phone or tablet.
- Confirm your phone number. It serves as the backup option in case Google Prompt doesn’t work.
- Enter the 6 digit code that you received to your phone number and click Next.
- Click Turn On to enable the 2FA.
4. Limit the people who know your login credentials
Login credentials must always be in private. Of course, this is not something that you will share with many people especially if it is a business account. As much as possible, keep limiting the login credentials to you and to your business partner/s only or whoever you think is the most trusty person in your company.
If you share it with several people, there’s a bigger chance that someone might access your account, change the name or password, post or send out messages to your contacts and pretend that it’s you. Again, this will affect your business and your reputation as well.
5. Keep updated with the latest security news and solutions
There are websites that provide you the latest news and solutions in cybersecurity such as Cyware Social, SANS, and New Zealand Computing Solutions. Just simply subscribe and regularly check their website!
6. Invest in MSP
Managed Services Provider companies remotely monitor you and your organization’s servers to make sure that you are secured from cybersecurity problems and free from hardware problems 24/7. MSPs are known for their proactive approach which prevents problems from happening in the first place.
MSP is a great tool that helps you to take care of your system and social media accounts. See the advantages for yourself.
By following the tips above, you can socialize safely and protect yourself from cyber incidents.