For many of us, social media is a big part of our lives. It is not just for personal use, as it has also evolved into the world of business. Since we have so much personal and work-related information available on our social media accounts, it is important to take the time to secure them. Otherwise, you run the risk of hackers accessing your accounts to spread malware or steal confidential data. We have compiled a list of 10 steps that you can follow to ensure that your social media accounts remain as secure as possible.
Monitor Your Accounts Regularly
To avoid having hackers destroy your online reputation, you should regularly monitor your accounts for signs of fraud. Check for posts or suspicious messages that you do not remember writing. This is especially important if you are responsible for multiple corporate social media accounts. Hackers will often encourage your contacts to engage in pay-per-click ads, as they will receive a monetary profit. Finding these types of posts is a clear sign that a hacker has infiltrated your account.
Limit Access to Accounts
Bridging off from the last point, you should be aware of who exactly is authorized to use the corporate social media accounts. If someone tries to log in from an unknown location, you can cross-reference and make sure that it was not an employee. At that point, you can report the attempted hacker.
Avoid Adding Fake Contacts
Before accepting a friend or follower request online, make sure that you know the person first. Often, people receive requests from bots or hackers who are attempting to steal information from you.
Sometimes, you may receive such a request from someone you are vaguely acquainted with. Before accepting these types of requests, it is good to run a background check on them first. This way, you will know if there is anything concerning about the individual before you allow them to see your posts and social media activity. If the background check brings up a criminal record, you might want to decline their request.
Use a VPN
When you are using the internet, particularly for work, you should know which network you are connecting to. If you connect to an unsecured network, you are leaving yourself vulnerable to a cyber attack. Hackers can potentially infiltrate the network and gain access to your username and passwords.
Having a VPN will encrypt the transmitted data between the device and server. This means that if a hacker tries to steal your credentials, the information will not be usable.
Do Not Save Your Passwords Online
Many browsers offer users the option to remember their login credentials without having to type them all out. While this may seem tempting, it increases the chance of someone hacking into your account. This is especially the case if you use public computers or allow other people to share your electronic device. They need only click into the sign-in section, and your information will populate, allowing them access.
Use Two-Factor Authorization
Some people decide not to bother using two-factor authorizations with their social media accounts, which is a bad idea. It is always better to be safe when it comes to protecting your private information online. If you are the owner of a company and you have multiple people logging into the account to post new content, this will help you keep track of the process.
When someone logs into the account, you, as the owner, will receive a unique password. You can then forward the password to the correct individual, and they can complete their task.
Update Your Privacy Settings
To keep your account secure, you need to limit the amount of data that strangers have access to. Even people who are not connected to you online can see limited information about you. For example, they may be able to search your name and see your latest post about your pet’s birthday. At this point, they know your pet’s breed, name, and age. The hacker will then try all this information to guess your password and log into your account. Change your settings to only allow your friends or followers to view anything about your social media account.
Use a Separate Email for Social Media
When creating social media accounts, it is a good idea to use an email account that is separate from your regular one. This is to ensure that your permanent email address stays safe from hackers. If you receive a phishing message to your social media-exclusive email address, you will know that someone has hacked your account. You can then take steps to restore access to your account and repair any damage that the hackers may have done.
Delete Old Social Media Accounts
It is a good idea to go through all your old apps and identify social media platforms that you no longer use. Unused social media accounts provide easy access to hackers, and they can easily access them without your knowledge. You should completely delete your account before removing the app from your phone.
Keep Your Device Updated
One of the key security tips is to always keep your device updated. If you have not upgraded to the latest security patch, malware is more likely to infiltrate your device and your social media accounts. Many devices will automatically update when a new security patch is available, but otherwise, you will need to manually check.