The issue of hacking is a serious problem that we all need to be mindful of this. The security of your social media needs to be of utmost importance, whether it is your personal or professional accounts.
The thought of someone gaining access to your social media is a bit scary, but there are ways in which you can limit the chances of that happening. Below are a few things to take into consideration.
Create Secure Passwords
Hackers are smart. If they dedicate enough time and energy, they can gain access to your accounts. One way of ensuring this doesn’t happen is by using strong passwords for your social media. Many people make the mistake of creating passwords that they have sentimental attachments to.
If your password is your birthday, your anniversary, or your pets name, your account is in danger of a potential security breach. Those things can be accessed directly from your profile, especially if it is open for all to see. If you are not confident enough to create a secure password you could always try a password generator.
If you copied your password, I would recommend you store the information in a safe location and keep the number of individuals who know the password to a minimum.
Use Two-factor authentication
You have taken my earlier advice and got secure passwords for your accounts. Congratulations, you have done well so far. However, it is still possible that hackers can crack this password and gain access to your social media.
Another option that you can consider is backup authorization. This is quite simple to setup. It involves a simple text message confirmation code sent directly to your phone after you have entered your password. You may think this is a bit over the top but can you short change your privacy and online security?
Beware Sensitive Information
It is quite simple for a hacker to gain valuable information that needs to gain access to your social media from your account itself. That sounds a little confusing, doesn’t it? Well, it is quite simple.
By making sensitive account information public, you are giving those unscrupulous individuals vital information which they can use to gain access to your account. I recommend utilizing the network privacy settings which allow you to filter who can view the information on your profile or implement and ensure that your social media policy is being followed by your employees.
Add Recovery Options
Unfortunately, no matter how cautious we are there is a chance that our social media may get compromised. This can be frustrating, even more so if you do not have a way of regaining control of your accounts. To help ease the frustration, I would suggest setting up a recovery account for your social media pages, if you can’t have a backup of the information that you post or have used in the past to regroup once your account us up again.
This can be an email, separate from the one you have linked to your account, as the possibility stands that, that email could have been compromised as well. If your account has been hacked, then it is best to act promptly as the longer you wait, the harder it may get to do damage control.
One way to do that is to enable notifications, in the case of a security breach. The security notification will send out an alert if an unauthorized individual is trying to access your account.
You and your business’ safety online should be of utmost importance. If you have implemented the suggestions listed above, you have taken an important step in heightening your security.
Now, guys, these are just a few of the many ways in which you can ensure the safety of your social media. There are tons of other ways you can ensure social media security.
That’s it for now on securing your social media, Until next time, Social media is vital; so let’s make it work for you.
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