Social Media is an integral part of our daily living these days and it comes with some disadvantages ranging from distractions, addictions and security/privacy issues.
Our focus on this article in based on Security and Privacy as a lot of people get hacked easily or blackmailed from their Social Media Accounts.
Here are some easy steps to securing all your Social Media accounts starting with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the likes.
- Choose a strong password. The first step to a secure social media account is a strong password – “password123” isn’t going to cut it and use alphanumeric characters in it too ie. @#(&%
- Change your passwords often. It helps a lot to change password every now and then, say once a month or so.
- Use two-factor authentication. This enables and sms alert or notification each time you login to your social media accounts. It may delay you for some seconds but this option will surely keep you abreast with who is trying to login to your account.
- Inspect page roles and who has access to accounts. If you have pages you own or happen to be the Admin, limit access to other users so they do not have the same privileges as you do. A user with same privileged if knowledgeable, can access your account.
- Keep your information offline. Store your passwords and sensitive information offline in a notepad or textpad but do not spell it out completely just in case you ever get hacked. For instance, your Password is Nigeria859@# – simply use 9ja859@#. Only you can decode it easily.
- Use strong anti-virus programs especially paid ones if you are a computer savvy. It cost little but also protects you from viruses and trojan horses like ratz, zeus and citadel to some extent.
- Use Linux OS today and save most of the hassles like viruses, hacks and Slow operating systems performance.
- Never store your Passwords on a web browser even when given options to do so. This is not a nice thing to do as most browsers have cookies enabled and these data can be filtered by intruders to detect your user name and password even if you are on a personal computer or mobile phone.
9. Do not install or click on suspicious apps, mails or content be it on your Mobile Phone or Windows PC. Some Apps are prone to attacks or malware used to gain access to your device.
10. Always update your Apps and Operating system as often as you can too because old apps can be buggy or well tested for attacks by intruders over-time.
These steps will surely help secure all your social media accounts if taken seriously.